04 Mar

Herbert Gantschacher (Austria)

Festival Artists

Herbert Gantschacher (1956) is an Austrian director, producer and writer. In 1976, Gantschacher graduated from high school in Klagenfurt. From 1977 to 1980, he studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (now the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz). He graduated with honors in 1980 and in 1988 he got an M.A. degree.

Gantschacher worked for the Schauspielhaus in Graz, the Salzburg State Theatre, the Tyrolian State Theatre Innsbruck, the Danube festival in Krems, the Chamber opera in Vienna, the Theater an der Winkelwiese in Zürich, the festival “Musica Iudaica” in Prague, the “Kulturbrauerei” in Berlin, the Polish festival “Theatre without Borders” in Szczecin, the National Theatre of Kosovo in Priština, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Concordia-University in Montreal, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the Museum of The Holocaust in Los Angeles and the Singapore Arts Festival.

Now Gantschacher is the artistic director of VISUAL The European and International Visual Theatre Festival with deaf and hearing artists and deaf-blind in Vienna and Austria. He is the artistic director of the theatre—and research-project—”War is daDa”. For that research work, he created the two projects entitled “Witness and Victim of the Apocalypse” (Exhibition and book about Viktor Ullmann in World War I and the influence of the experiences of war on his music, especially on the opera The Emperor of Atlantis or The Disobedience of Death).

He’s also been a lecturer in many institutions and received various important awards for his works.