Dirk Baumann (*1984) works as a dramaturg and curator. His heart beats for theater, the fine arts and the space in between. After working at theaters in Berlin, Vienna and most recently at the Schauspiel Dortmund, he will be part of the new artistic team around artistic director Florian Lutz and acting director Patricia-Nickel-Dönicke at the Staatstheater Kassel starting in the 2020/21 season. Dirk Baumann is interested in the whole range of performative arts – from classical performances up to experimental formats and performative encounters. For him, theater is a place of community and exchange about art and the question of how we can and want to live together.
In 2018 Dirk Baumann completed the postgraduate course Curating in the Performing Arts, for which he received a scholarship from Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. One year later he was awarded the Marie Zimmermann Fellowship for Dramaturgy at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. In 2020 he curated the transdisciplinary festival Inbetween – Theater between performance and exhibition at Schauspiel Dortmund, which was funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. The festival confronted the temporal and spatial dispositives of theater with those of exhibition spaces and brought together artistic positions between the performing and visual arts. This included, for example, open setups in which the audience was invited to view art from their own perspective and to decide for themselves when they want to come and go or how long they want to stay at a performance – and thus develop their own dramaturgies. Since then, he has worked continuously on and with transdisciplinary questions and formats of the arts between theater, performance and visual arts, most recently with the artists/directors Jonathan Meese and Sebastian Blasius, among others.
For the university course Curating in the Performing Arts he was granted a (part-)scholarship from the Galerie Ropac.