Trau Dich

Kompanie Kopfstand. On tour since 2013. Germany wide.

“Trau Dich” has been commissioned by the German ministry for family, health and social as part of a campaign to prevent sexual abuse on children. After a long research period that involved children as experts, the play premiered in March 2013 in the Renaissance Theatre Berlin. It has been on tour through theatres nation wide ever since, reaching more than 250.000 children. We have additionally given a lot of talks and presentations around applied theatre in general as well as art and child-protection specifically.


A “Kompanie Kopfstand” Production • Directors: Annina Giordano & Christopher Gottwald • Text: Tina Müller • Video: Sonya Schönberger • Stage Design: Michael Ottopal • Music: Johannes Birlinger • Theatre Pedagogue: Charlotte Baumgart • Performers: Julia Bihl, Lisa Scheibner, Julian Hackenberg, Johannes Birlinger, Charlotte Baumgart, Johanna Malchow, Helge Gutbrot, Marcus Thomas, Adrienn Baszo • Technical Crew: Michael Ottopal, Denise Potratz, Tobias Nöthen, Lasse Schwank

Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts.

Staatstheater Dresden. Directed by Jan Gehler. 2012.

  • Photo by Matthias Horn


Director: Jan Gehler • Stage Design: Sabrina Rox • Costume Design: Cornelia Kahlert • Music: Johannes Birlinger • Dramaturgy: Luise Mundhenke • Lighting Design: Andreas Rösler • Performers: benjamin Pauquet, Karina Plachetka, Antje Trautmann, Benjamin Höppner, Stefko Hanushevsky • Based on Joseph von Eichendorff’s Novella “Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts”


Theater Strahl Berlin. 2012.

photo by joerg metzner


Director and text: Günter Jankowiak / freely adapted from G. E. Lessings „Nathan der Weise”. Assistant director: Janina Reinsbach. Stage and costume design: Daniele Drobny. Music: Johannes Birlinger.Theatre pedagogue: Ann-Marleen Stöckert. Performers: Beate Fischer, Andreas Schwankl, Natascha Manthe, Oliver Moritz, Liane Steinnagel, Justus Verdenhalven

Curd Manisch
Nathan 1
Schlaflied für Recha

52,3º Nord

Kompanie Kopfstand (Zürich)/Theater Strahl. (Berlin)/Theater Duisburg. 2011.

  • Photo by Joerg Metzner

What does it mean to feel strange in your own home town? When did you the last time feel like the ground underneath you feet is giving way? Two performers investigate strangeness together with the audience in this interactive multi media performance. Music by me and Thomas Seher.

52,3º Nord – Einlass

Wie überlebe ich meinen ersten Kuss?

Theater Strahl Berlin. Directed by Betty Hensel. 2011.

  • ©JoergMetzner

“Wie überlebe ich meinen ersten Kuss” is a theatrical performance for young audiences, ages 12 – 16. The original play by the Dutch playwright Francine Oomen also included a number of songs by Bas Odijk. I arranged the original band-scores into electronic live music, changing and adding quite a lot as well as composing a couple of additional titles.


Premiere: June 7th 2011
Director: Betty Hensel
Set Design: Daniele Drobny
Costume Design: Laura Burkhardt
Music: Johannes Birlinger
Lighting Design: Arne Schmitt
Video: Jennifer Kuntscher
Dramaturgy: Oliver Kahrs
Assistant Director: Anna Vera Kelle


Kristin Becker
Christian Giese
Franz Lenski
Andreas Schwankl
Anna Trageser
Yvonne Yung Hee Bormann

Hold a seashell to your ear – doesn’t it sound just like the static in your phone?

Installation and phone-performance. Omenapuutalo. Helsinki 2017.

  • Photo by Antti Ahonen

In this long distance performance I tried to address the difficulty of working and living in different places at the same time. The group exhibition “MAECP at work” in Helsinki was happening at the same time as an important show in Hamburg. So I decided to be present in Helsinki through an open phone line – the visitors of the exhibition were listening to everything that was happening on my side through speakers in the space and could engage in conversation with me. The video was a long loop of the evening sky over Porkkala Niemi, one of my favourite place.


Interactive Sound Installation. Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. 2016.

Spring deals with questions of authorship, chance, performativity of the more-than-human. At the core of this 4 channel audio work is an ice block. The ice block melts, the sounds made by water dripping on various materials is being picked up by microphones and can be manipulated by the audience via two media controllers.