Sarah Derendinger, Video

Portrait Sarah Derendinger

Sarah Derendinger

Sarah Derendinger, ​born in Lucerne and living in Basle, studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Berne, where she was graduated with a diploma in photography. Keen to be educated professionally in Modern Dance, she moved on to Amsterdam’s Theaterschool AHK. 1988 to 1993 she attended Basel’s Hochschule für Gestaltung, specialising in audio-visual arts. She was awarded with a third diploma, when she participated in Ekran+, a course for European movie directors in Warsaw.

Sarah Derendinger has been a freelancing movie director, author and video artist since 1993. She is participating in international movie festivals regularly. For her Familientreffen (Family Meeting) she was awarded with the PRIX CINEMA SWISS at the Vision du réel Nyon in 2009. Several of her movies and installations have been aquired by public institutions. 

Sarah Derendinger has been collaborating with Calixto Bieito since 2013. Their common worklist was opened with Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Zurich, later transferred to Berlin’s Komische Oper and Madrid’s Teatro Real. Verdi’s The Force of Destiny, successfully premiered at London’s ENO, will have its American premiere in Toronto 2021. Reimann’s Lear in Paris, Halevy’s La Juive in Munich and Prokofjev’s The Fiery Angel intensified their artistic partnership step by step. Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea came out in Zurich, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at Dresden’s Semperoper.

Sarah Derendinger’s work for Bernardo Atxaga’s drama Obabakoak at Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga was honored with the Premis de la critica for videodesign in 2017.

Sarah Derendinger presents her video installations on expositions, in public spaces, on stages and at festivals, amongst them Berlin’s Theatertreffen or Mannheim’s Schillertage. She is collaborating with other directors as well. Amongst her partners are Jossi Wieler, Jürgen Flimm, Joachim Schlömer, Karin Beier und Heiner Goebbels. Barbara Horákóva is her directorial partner in Hanover, where Martinu’s Greek Passion is about to be premiered.

As a member of Calixto Bieito’s team Sarah Derendinger is currently working at the Opéra de Paris, where Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen will be completed in November 2020.


La Juive, Munich Opera Festival, 2016

Totes Lamm
Lamm opfern
Schaf töten
Lamm opfern Ausschnitt
Blut tropft
Kind fesseln
Engel nah
Messer fällt
Kind schreit
Kind schreit
Making-of

Sarah Derendinger – La Juive – Making-of

Making-of

Sarah Derendinger – La Juive – Making-of



Sarah Derendinger’s Calendar

January 2023

28.01.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

28.01.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

29.01.2023 / Kurt Weill: Der Silbersee – Ein Wintermärchen / Nationaltheater Weimar

31.01.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

February 2023

01.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

02.02.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

03.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

05.02.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

05.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

08.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

12.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

March 2023

21.03.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

23.03.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

25.03.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

28.03.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

30.03.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

April 2023

01.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

02.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

08.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

11.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

13.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

15.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 1 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

16.04.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Bastarda 2 / La Monnaie/Le Munt Brüssel

July 2023

10.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

12.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

14.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

17.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

19.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

21.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona