Meet the Artist
Johann Reißer created Catastrophe/Forms for the Berlin poesiefestival’s 2014 series of events on World War I poetry, to mark the centenary of the Great War. His original project presents war poetry from 34 countries with a curated collage of images from those desperate years, from the trenches and war factories, from newspaper headlines to portraits of soldier poets. Since 2014 he has adapted Catastrophe/Forms for other performances, including the special performance with young voices for StAnza 2018, which will be performed following this event. He works as a director and actor with different performance collectives, producing his own pieces on topics covering economic liberalism, colonialism, city development and war. His work has been performed in theatres and at festivals across Germany, Austria and the UK. He has been a writer in residence in Regensburg, Rottweil, Pfaffenhofen and Esslingen.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut