is a stage director and author from Vienna. He is founder and artistic director of the ZOON Musiktheater company in Vienna, founder and artistic co-director of Musiktheatertage Wien Festival, and founder of Freie Musiktheater Wien. Desi has appeared at festivals such as Ars Electronica Linz, Earport Mainz, JUTA Düsseldorf, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Teatro Goldoni, Sasch-Hall, Totales Theater Paris, KlangArten, Teatro del Sale (Florence), Lincoln Center, The Cell (New York), Festival Wien Modern, Bregenzer Festspiele, START Salzburg, and the Donau Festi- val in Krems. Desi worked with Michelangelo Pistoletto on the opera Il Tramonto Senza Sole and directed the New York production of Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett’s opera Neither. He has published articles on contemporary music theatre and, together with Eric Salzman, the book The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body (Oxford University Press). 2005–2009 projects: “Musiktheaterarchäologie” [Music Theatre Archaeology]. 2009–2013 projects: “Zeitgeschichtemusiktheater” [Contemporary History Music Theatre]. Working with authentic documents and texts in search of psychological storytelling is a main aim of his music-theatrical approach. A further focus is on history as a result of the human condition and social relationships. www.thomasdesi.com
photo: Bernhard Schramm
ran the artistic administration office at Wiener Schauspielhaus and was production manager at Linz09 - European Capital of Culture, Wiener Festwochen and others. He co-founded and directed the music theatre company progetto semiserio.
Sophie Cwikla studied at the prestigious Paris Conservatoire and Sorbonne Humanities at the Music Department. She was in charge for the Archive of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the exhibition's design at Haus der Musik Vienna, in film production and the international department of a Media agency.