About apparatus

apparatus takes the performative power of matter seriously. Things, including those of the theater, are not just passive matrixes, they are active agents for situations. Everything is a process and all agents in that process determine how it materializes. Space is a container beyond measure, a belief that apparatus employs as a dramaturgical springboard. Their projects evolve from an relational web of space, bodies, textures and shading. Theater itself can manifest and be the host for a better reality. From project to project, apparatus forms temporary collectives from new configurations of human and non-human agents.

Stefanie Wenner is a curator and dramaturge with a PhD in Philosophy. She has been working under the label apparatus since 2014 toward better representations of reality through the means of theater. Previous positions include HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Impulse Theater Festival. In 2015, she took on the role of Professor of Applied Theater Studies and Production Dramaturgy at HfBK Dresden. In January 2017, she initiated the international conference Matter: States of Agency.

Thorsten Eibeler studied Applied Theater Studies in Gießen and is a founding member of the performance collective Showcase Beat Le Mot with which he has been producing theater pieces, peformances, art installations and music videos since 1998. His collaboration with Stefanie Wenner began in May 2014. Together, they founded apparatus GbR in 2015.

Artists and Project Contributors


Anja Dirks
Anna Brotankova
Aram Shelton
Bayan Shbib
DJ Obstsalat
Ernesto Estrella
Esther Slevogt
Eva Behrendt
Fecerico Nitii
Ioanna Valsamidou
Jan-Sebastian Šuba
Jessica Gadani
Ljubow Pchelkina
Lorena Méndez Barrios
Nicola Stricker
Oblivia
Orthographe
Peter Thoma