The Swiss director, composer and musician Christoph Marthaler is awarded The International Ibsen Award 2018.
Marthaler (born in 1951) has worked at theatres and opera houses across Europe and is best known for his unique stage language in the intersection between musical theatre and stylised, physical theatre.
"Christoph Marthaler has been one of the world's most important and influential theatre directors for more than 30 years. He has created his own unique stage language that paves the way for new insight into interpersonal relationships and has inspired a large international audience," says Per Boye Hansen, head of the jury for the International Ibsen Award. Boye Hansen acclaims Marthaler as a strong source of inspiration for young theatre aspirants around the world.
"His contribution to the development of theatre as an art form has been considerable and the entire jury is enthusiastically united behind the presentation of the world's most important theatre award," Boye Hansen adds.
"Of all the theatrical performances I have seen, Christoph Marthaler's productions are in a category of their own. They have a musical precision that is beyond all sense and for which I can think of no better term than brilliant. And there is no getting around their oddly human, slow-paced scenic character. Christoph Marthaler's theatre is pure and creates musical theatre magic with an incredibly human element."
– Playwright and past recipient of the International Ibsen Award, Jon Fosse
"Christoph Marthaler is a highly musical professional and his deep love of and respect for the music is clearly evident throughout his work. The point of departure is always the music and his poetic musical melancholy is extraordinary. Working with him is pure pleasure and an artistic voyage of discovery. I love the openness and room for interpretation in his work. His productions have a captivating humanistic quality and love of the imperfect in human beings and the course of life. He is a scenic wizard and a tremendous personality with a huge heart."
– Norwegian singer and actor Tora Augestad. Augestad has worked together with Marthaler on countless theatre and opera productions.