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Janina Janke is a researching artist, theater director, stage designer and lives in Berlin. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, she studied European ethnology and philosophy in Munich, and then stage design at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2006 she co-founded the transdisciplinary formation OPER DYNAMO WEST to develop contemporary music theater in urban spaces. Since then her work consistently takes place in dialogue with particular buildings and spaces in Berlin and internationally, such as the Zoologischer Bahnhof Berlin, Le Corbusier’s Unités d’habitation in Berlin and Marseille, and the UN headquarters in Vienna, Nairobi, New York City, and Geneva. She conceives and realizes spatial interventions, experimental stagings, and artistic research – all at the intersection of art, theater, architecture, music, and science. She is a member of the performance collective Turbo Pascal, which is known and awarded for its interactive performances and participatory theater projects. Janina Janke teaches at art schools or in other institutional contexts and works as a curator.


awards/ scholarships/ residencies:

˃ invitation to Impulse Theater Festival 2021 and Ruhrtriennale 2021, with Turbo Pascal
˃ Ikarus Award for Children's and Young People's Theater in Berlin 2019, with Turbo Pascal
˃ invitation to Stückemarkt/ Theatertreffen 2018 & George Tabori Förderpreis 2018, with Turbo Pascal
˃ artist in residence at the Marienberg Abbey (South Tyrol, Italy), 2016 
˃ artist in residence at the UN headquarters in Vienna, New York City, Nairobi, and Geneva, 2011 - 2016
˃ artist in residence at quartier 21 - MuseumsQuartier Vienna, 2015
˃ fellow of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, 2014
˃ participant of „andere räume - knowlegde through art“, WU Wien & Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, FWF/PEEK arts-based research project, 2011-14
˃ resident fellow at GMEM - centre national de création musicale in Marseille, 2013 
˃ residency fellowships from the Goethe-Institute in New York City and Nairobi, 2011/12 
˃ fellow of the German Academy in Rome, Casa Baldi, 2010 
˃ project fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2009 
˃ fellow of the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts, 2008/09