"The real must become fiction so that it can be thought." Jacques Rancière

In primarily theater and film works, werkgruppe2 tries to describe social reality from the perspective of people who belong to social minorities, the invisible, the excluded. Based on extensive journalistic research, atmospheric and narrative dense implementations emerge, which explore the boundaries between documentation and fiction. The starting point for the texts are narrative interviews, which usually capture a clearly defined perspective on a topic. From these narratives werkgruppe2 creates a composed text network that is implemented on the stage or in the film with a professional acting ensemble in a strongly artistic, partisan, interpretive approach. The music that is involved live in every production consists of new compositions, often from different, unusual sound sources, and is an element of equal importance.

Questions about what documentation means, how reality is depicted and how can one speak on behalf of people are increasingly central to the conception?

The werkgruppe2 consists of the director Julia Roesler, the musician and composer Insa Rudolph, the dramaturge Silke Merzhäuser and the videographer Isabel Robson. In addition, there are associated artists for each project who enrich the ensemble for the respective production.

julia roesler – Director

studied cultural studies and aesthetic praxis in Hildesheim and was a visiting student in Freiburg and Argentina. Since her diploma, she has worked as a freelance theatre director and theatre educator. She regularly works as a visiting lecturer; at the HBK Brunswick, Mozarteum Salzburg, Uni Hildesheim and der Bundesakademie Wolfenbüttel. She is co-founder of the independent theatre company, werkgruppe2 and directs most of their productions.

Silke Merzhäuser - Dramaturg

She studied political science, literature and social psychology at Hannover University. From 2000, she worked initially as a dramaturg assistant at Hannover Theatre and Theatre Basel and then as dramaturg at Lucerne Theatre. Between 2007 and 2009, she was dramaturg at the German Theatre in Göttingen; here she was mainly responsible for interdisciplinary performances and theatre projects, such as ‘Friedland’ with werkgruppe2. Since 2009, she has been dramaturg for all werkgruppe2 projects.

Insa Rudolph – Musican and Composer

She studied jazz singing at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Since her diploma, she has worked as a freelance singer and composer. The main focus of her creative work is composing songs inspired by unusual sources of sound in which the foreign and familiar fuse together to form an alternative total sound. She also works as a composer for documentary film music, recently for ‘United States vs Reality Winner’. She is a founding member of the independent theatre company, werkgruppe2, for which she composes, is musical director and stage musician. Insa Rudolph lives in Frankfurt and Bogotá.

Isabel Robson - Video

She studied stage design at Central Saint Martins in London and video post-production at the École nationale superiéure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Since 2001 she has been a freelance scenographer with a focus on video design for the stage. After working at Theater Basel (Switzerland) and at the Nationaltheater London, she was at various German theaters (Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schaubühne, Maxim Gorki Theater). With Vincent Boussard and his team, she has made operas, including Candide (2011), Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2014) at the Berlin State Opera and Otello (2016/7) at the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Semperoper, Dresden. In cooperation with Susanne Vincenz, her film installation of Kafka fragments by György Kurtág in the Jewish Museum, Berlin (2013) was shown again at a Kurtág festival in the Dortmund concert hall in 2020. With werkgruppe2 she developed BLANKENBURG (2014), TRANSIT (2019) and ARBEITERINNIN (2019/20) and took over the camera and editing especially for the short film MARINA (2018). Lectureships at the HZT / HfS Ernst Busch, Berlin.