DARUM. Darstellende Kunst und Musik
DARUM. Performing Arts and Music
Founded in 2018 by Kai Krösche, Laura Andreß & Victoria Halper, the collective DARUM. Darstellende Kunst und Musik produces interdisciplinary art that combines theater, film, music, literature, room, and visual art with performance. In search of new and immediately experienceable aesthetic forms of expression, DARUM develops works by way of extensive hands-on research, resulting in works that often blur the boundaries of fiction and documentary and take place in preferably unconventional and thematically interesting spaces. We present our audiences with fully immersive art that plays with authenticity and constructedness.
Our works are preceded with big questions of "Why?". But questions are the best answers: DARUM strives to fail productively in its artistic pursuit to answer their self imposed questions despite the meaning of the collective’s name: DARUM means Because.
Their debut performance project "Ungebetene Gäste / Uninvited Guests" received much critical acclaim and was nominated for the prestigious Austrian Theatre Award, the NESTORY in 2019. It was also invited to be reimagined at the 2020 Impulse Festival in Cologne, Germany. Due to the Corona Pandemic the festival has been cancelled and may be moved to a later date. Their sophmore production "Ausgang: Offen / Exit: Open" turned film during the lockdown, has been nominated for the 2020 NESTROY Corona Award.
Spring. Homesick (2022)
Oct. Uninvited Guests: What's Left? (2020) (Remount)
Oct. Nomination for the Corona Special Award, NESTROY Austrian Theater Award
Jun. Uninvited Guests: Cologne / Impulse Festival (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
Jun. Exit: Open (completed)
May. Residency PACT Zollverein (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
May. Exit: Open (Preview screenings: nachtkritik.de, WUK, Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest)
Nov. Nomination for the Special Award, NESTROY Austrian Theater Award
Mar. Uninvited Guests
DARUM has worked with the following artists:
Emre Akal (Author), Ali Andress (Docmentary film maker and cameraman), Ruth Biller (Performer and Circus artist), Philipp Ehmann (Director and Game Designer), Arthur Fussy (Musician), Julia Grevenkamp (Stage and Costume Designer), Franz Hammerbacher (Author), Gunther Hölbl (Voice Actor), Andrea Imler (Author), Nora Jacobs (Performer), Matthias Krische (Stage Designer), Sophia Linhart (Designer), Roman Mintert (Photographer), Alexandra Pâzgu (Author), Thomas Perle (Author), Mario Schlembach (Author), Sebastian Schley (Musician), Aenne Schwarz (actor), James Watson (Author), Emma Wiederhold (Youth actor), Johannes Weckl (Stage and Set Designer) and Helmut Wiesinger (Actor and Narrator).
DARUM has also worked with:
Cornelia Anhaus, Patrizia Büchele, Lara Cortellini, Isabel Dettinger, Siglind Güttler, Victoria Horvat, Darija Kasalo, Armin Kirchner, Ulli Koch, Jasmin Kreuzer, Georg Parlow, Verena Rumplmair, Bernd Seiser, Christoph Steininger, Birgit Wagner, Bernhard Werschnak, Brigitte Zolles and Dr. Sophie Zwölfer
Past Co-producers und Co-operators as well as Sponsors and Funding Bodies:
Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, Impulse Theater Festival, WERK X-Petersplatz, WUK performing arts
Vienna Culture MA7, SHIFT, Culture Inner City Vienna, Austrian Federal Department for Art