Kathrin Yvonne Bigler, co-artistic director

Co-Artistic Director, Director, Performance Artist, Dance Dramaturge, Writer, Workshop Facilitator

Kathrin is co-artistic director of Bottlefed and works internationally as a director, performance artist, dance dramaturge, writer and workshop facilitator. Her areas of practice spread over multi-disciplinary performance, dance, installation, free improvisation, film and community arts/cultural intervention.

Kathrin’s work is rooted in a minimalist aesthetic, in the reduced rather than in the sumptuous. Though the concepts explored in her practice are often concrete and everyday – these themes are looked at through the interface of bodies, sound, space, visual and performing arts. Both process and result are multidisciplinary by nature and made tangible in a sensual way in the first place.

In 2000, Kathrin moved away from Bern/Switzerland to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. In 2003 she left Liverpool for London, where she lived, worked and traveled from for 8 years. Since autumn 2011 her main base is in Bern.

Scholarships

  • 2011: ‘watch&talk11’, Residency at Theaterspektakel Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2009: European Scholarship for ENPARTS Campus, ‘The Electric Body’, La Biennale di Venezia
  • 2008: Goethe Institute Scholarship for the International Forum, ‘Berliner Theatertreffen’, Berlin

Education/Professional Training

  • 2010: Moaiku Seminar ‘Caring for yourself while caring for others’, Merete Holm Brantbjerg, London
  • 2010: CPD Seminar ‘Trauma and the Body: An introduction to Trauma Work’, Tom Warnecke, London
  • 2008: Gap Training Programme, Company of Angels, The Junction Cambridge
  • 07/08: INSTED International directors training and network as part of ITS Festival, Amsterdam
  • 2006: International Acting-Directing Laboratory, Bologna (Direction: Sergey Ostrenko)
  • 04/05: Lecoq Laboratory, The Clod Ensemble, London (Direction: Suzy Willson)
  • 2004: Trainee Director, King’s Head Theatre London
  • 2003: BA first class honours degree in Performing Arts (Com.Arts Drama), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • 2002: Artistic Associate at Adirondack Theatre Festival, New York (Direction: Martha Banta)

Directing credits

  • Wir träumen Meret, a performance based on Meret Oppenheim. Bern/Berlin 2013. www.freiraumkultur.ch
  • Worms Residency: l’utopie du noir, in collaboration with Mohéna Kühni. Stadtgalerie Bern 2013
  • Alphotopia/Melanotopia, Bottlefed: performance installation, Brussels/Bern (in collab. with Mohéna Kühni). 2012/13. www.transform.bz
  • Nachtwachen, Aarau, Concept/Direction Installation/Performance. 2012
  • Mädchen, Mädchen, Roikkuva: New circus/dance theatre with live music (CH and touring), 2012/2013. www.roikkuva.com
  • Pas de Deux, Florian Favre (piano) & Bottlefed. Dance/Music Improvisation. BEJazz Bern, La Spirale Fribourg, L’Heure Bleue Zurich. 2012
  • Meet Me Far From Gravity, Bottlefed: A public space dance comission by Arts Council England/New Audiences London. Co-direction/Dance dramaturgy. 2011
  • Pure Pleasure Seekers, Bottlefed: A performance project in progress (UK, CH, DE), 2011-2014.
  • Auf der Suche nach deinem Luxemburg, Bottlefed: A public space project (LUX), 2012.
  • Let’s Play, Bottlefed. A performance commission by Stapferhaus Lenzburg (gallery) & Theatre Tuchlaube Aarau, Switzerland.
  • Der Schachspieler, Bottlefed: A commission by Centre Duerrenmatt Neuchatel for their ‘concerts resonances’, Switzerland, Dec 2010 & Jazzwerkstatt Progr Bern Feb 2011
  • Störenfriede, Biennale Bern. A performance installation with young people at Stadtheater Foyer, September 2010.
  • Con/text, a dance theatre project based on Yukio Mishima’s play ‘Hanjo’. Stockholm, Oerebro, Vasteras, Bern.
    2010-2012. Dance dramaturgy. Performers/Creators: Kajsa Sandstrom and Ylva Henrikson.
  • Explodierende Innereien. Eine lokale Recherche. Biennale Bern. A devised play involving professional actors and young people, co-direction, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Aug/Sept 2010.
  • Hold Me Until You Break, Bottlefed (Sophiensaele Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Idno Reykjavik, Tristan Bates Theatre, Jacksons Lane, BAC, Rose Bruford Symposium)
  • Inside My Flat My Mind (Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice, ENPARTS Campus 2009 – Kaaitheater Brussels, TG STAN Performance Marathon) in collaboration with Kajsa Sandström and Dragana Bulut
  • Bottlefed Conceptual Improvisations 08 (Southwark Playhouse Secrets, Shunt Vault ‘Brussels Meets Brighton’, Bloomsbury Festival – all London // Verftet Bergen, ‘Operation Powervlott’, Norway)
  • Return to Reason, Bottlefed (various London venues and Edinburgh Fringe 07)
  • Retour a la Raison, Bottlefed (BAC, Stratford Circus, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios)
  • Camille, Bottlefed (The Space, Lion & Unicorn Theatre, The Place ‘Resolution!06’, LOST Theatre Festival)
  • Eleggua (Unity Theatre Liverpool)
  • PURE (Anglican Cathedral Liverpool)
  • The Office (King’s Head Theatre, London)
  • Adirondack Theatre Festival, New York (artistic associate)
  • The Curse (Valley Community Theatre, Liverpool)

Writing Credits

  • Performance: Hold Me Until You Break, Return to Reason, Camille, Eleggua, PURE (all Bottlefed) – The Joker (BMC, CH)
    Short films: ICH, L’Oeil en Face, co-writer (Lomotion Ltd, CH)
    Documentary: Monogamie?, co-writer/co-director (Lomotion Ltd, CH, 2012/13)
    Lyrics: Feitaboogie, co-writer (KillerFernandez, UK/Norway)

Workshops

Kathrin has facilitated workshops and performance projects for children, young people and adults in diverse communities and contexts such as schools, universities, theatres and prisons. Her work covers the areas of creative writing, physical theatre, improvisation, storytelling and directing. She has worked as a devisor/director and workshop facilitator for Eastside Educational Trust (London), Creative Partnerships (UK), Company of Angels (UK), Schaubühne Berlin (DE), Rumbalante (CH), Wise Moves Ltd (UK), Theatre Royal Bath (UK), P.A.T.H. (UK), Amabadelo (Liverpool) and Merseyside Young People’s Theatre (Liverpool). Additionally to that, Kathrin ran the Drama Workhouse youth theatre (London) for five years and co-directed ‘Creative Skills 4 Life’, an OCN accredited performance project for vulnerable adults run by the Drama Workhouse and St Giles Trust in Camberwell. She has run the same course at the juvenile unit at HMP Downview and HMP Hunterscombe in 07/08. Course tutor for Escape Artists (London), designing and delivering two OCN accredited programs: Arts Practitioners: Working with Vulnerable Groups in the Criminal Justice System and An introduction to working with the Arts in the CJS to artists, social workers and project managers.

She has been running workshops and performance projects for young people at Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Dampfzentrale Bern and Tuchlaube Aarau, Switzerland. In 2013 Bottlefed won the tete-a-tete commission (Educational Department Bern) and worked in residence at Manuelschule Bern for 6 months.

Kathrin was associate lecturer for London University of the Arts (Creativity Matters) and has been working as a guest lecturer for Education at the Institute of Music and Theatre Management at Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München since 2010.