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Dušan David Pařízek

Dušan David Pařízek, born in 1971 in Brno (Czech Republic), studied comparative literature and theatre studies at the University of Munich and acting and directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 1998 he founded the Prague Chamber Theatre, which Artistic Director he stayed until 2012. It was named the country’s most prestigious theatre company, has received several awards as the Czech “Theatre of the Year” and has been invited to guest performances in more than 30 international cities. Pařízek has received many awards for his work and has caused a sensation with world premieres and Czech premieres by Heiner Müller, Werner Schwab, Elfriede Jelinek, Peter Handke and Thomas Bernhard. Since 2002 he has directed regularly in German-speaking countries: at Schauspiel Köln, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theater Bremen and Schauspiel Hannover. He is also regularly responsible for his stage sets. His Faust 1-3 at the Zurich Schauspielhaus (Goethe's tragedies together with the secondary drama FaustIn and out by Elfriede Jelinek) was invited to the Berliner Autorentheatertage in 2012 and to the Mülheimer Theatertage in 2013. His production of Die lächerliche Finsternis  by Wolfram Lotz (Burgtheater Vienna) has received numerous awards in 2015: Invitation to the Berlin Theatertreffen, Nestroy Theaterpreis as “Best German-language Performance”, “Production of the Year” and “Stage Designer of the Year” in the critics’ survey of Theater heute. In 2018 Pařízek was awarded the Nestroy for “Best Director” (Vor Sonnenaufgang by Ewald Palmetshofer after Gerhart Hauptmann, Burgtheater Vienna). Iphigenie in the 2018/2019 season is his first production at Schauspielhaus Bochum.

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