The FARN. collective, founded in 2016, consists of Sandra Hüller, Tom Schneider, Tobias Staab, Michael Graessner, Sandro Tajouri and Moritz Bossmann.
Theater is understood here as a collective practice of thinking and acting. Within the collective, there are no fixed structures or hierarchies, no pre-existing forms or aesthetics, no certainties and truths that one could or wanted to rely on. If, as Anna Tsing says, "precariousness is the basic condition of our time "3 , then we want to draw strength from this indeterminacy and uncertainty to create new alliances that enable a new way of thinking from what we have in common.
From our perspective, this way of working is not only a possible technique or strategy of theater making. Rather, it is a way of being together, a lived practice of community, which is connected in content and structure with the discourses and questions that are negotiated in the context of our work.
Her first work was "Bilder Deiner Grosse Liebe" based on the text by Wolfgang Herrndorf as a co-production with the Theater Neumarkt Zurich, supported by the Landesverband Freier Theater Baden-Württemberg e.V. (Premiere on 28.04.2016). Since then, the production has been successfully on tour with guest performances at Staatstheater Hannover, Volksbühne Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Kunstfest Weimar at Nationaltheater Weimar and the Theater Festival in Prague, among others. Since 2018 the production has also been shown in the repertoire of the Schauspielhaus Bochum. The audiobook version of "Bilder Deiner Große Liebe" was awarded as audiobook of the year of the HR2 Best List in 2019.
Her second production "The Hydra" based on texts by Heiner Müller followed in autumn 2019 at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. In 2020 the production was invited to the Berliner Festspiele's supporting program, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Corona regulations.
Sandra Hüller studied acting at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. Engagements followed at the Theaterhaus Jena, Theater Basel, Staatsschauspiel Hannover, Theater Freiburg, Volksbühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele and the Ruhrtriennale. She achieved international success with her first leading role in Hans-Christian Schmid's film "Requiem", for which she was awarded the Silver Bear, German and Bavarian Film Awards in 2006. In 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2020 she was voted Actress of the Year by THEATER HEUTE. In 2020 she also receives the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her social commitment. In Maren Ade's film "Toni Erdmann" Sandra Hüller inspired both audiences and critics and was awarded the Bavarian, with the German and with the European Film Awards as well as numerous national and international prizes for her performance. She has worked with directors Johan Simons, Barbara Frey, René Pollesch, Schorsch Kamerum, Stephan Kimmig and Tom Schneider for many years.
Tom Schneider is director and musician. Until 2000 he worked as a musician in various formations and as an assistant for the free theater group "Theater Affekt" in Berlin. From 2000 to 2004 he worked as assistant director and acting musician at the Theater Basel. Since 2004 he has been working as a director himself, among others at the Theater Basel, the Theater Heidelberg, the Musik-Akademie Basel, the Theater Freiburg, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Theater Neumarkt Zurich and the Schauspielhaus Bo- chum. From 2005 to 2007 he taught scenic design and figure dramaturgy at the Music Academy Basel / Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as part of the opera studio "Front Stage". From 2007 to 2012 he worked as director and musician in the artistic direction of PVC (Laboratory for Contemporary Dance) at the Theater Freiburg. In 2012 he founded the independent theater/dance group "off deluxe" in Freiburg, which received the Stuttgart Theater Prize for special artistic achievement with its first work (twilight/echo). Since 2016 he is artistic director and managing director of the FARN. collective. He is bassist in the band "A Boy Named River" and lives in Freiburg im Breisgau.
Michael Graessner studied stage and costume design with Achim Freyer at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since the 90s he has been working as a stage and costume designer for theater and opera productions.
He often tries to mediate between the genres of theater, film and performance and let them merge. His work has led him to collaborations with the Goethe Institute, the Akademie Der Künste Berlin, the Architecture Biennale Venice, theaters, schools and many artists from music, film, photography and poetry. Currently, works by him can be seen at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Schauspielhaus Bochum, among others. Since 2016 he has been working continuously with the theater group FARN. collective, a collective around Sandra Hüller and Tom Schneider. Michael Graessner lives in Berlin with the author Lisa Danulat and has two children.
Sandro Tajouri is an actor, musician and composer. He completed his acting studies at the University of the Arts in Bern from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008 he was a permanent ensemble member at the Theater Basel and from 2009 to 2015 at the Schauspiel Hannover. The production "Dido & Aeneas" by Sebastian Nübling with him and Sandra Hüller in the leading roles was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2007. In 2008 he played "Next Level Parsival" (director: S.Nübling) at the Ruhrtriennale Zeche Zollverein Essen. The production "Über Jungs" (director: Mina Salehpour) at the Grips Theater was awarded the Faust Prize in 2014. He is a drummer in the band "The Dead Brothers". In the current season he is an actor and musician in „Bilder Deiner Grossen Liebe“ and „Die Hydra“ (direction: Tom Schneider) at Theater Bochum. He is a member of FARN. collective.
Moritz Bossmann is free-lanced musician and composer. He plays the guitar and composes for his bands „Käptn Peng und die Tentakel von Delphi“, the Noise Rock Band „Vögel die Erde essen“ and „Puzzles“. He also writes film and theater music, e.g. for the feature film "AlkiAlki" by Axel Ranisch and Heiner Müller ́s "Der Auftrag" in the production of Tom Kühnel and Jürgen Kuttner at the Staatsschauspiel Hannover. Together with his band colleagues he runs the label Kreismusik, on which all of his albums are released. He studied jazz guitar in Weimar and Istanbul. Moritz Bossmann lives as a freelance musician in Berlin.
Tobias Staab, born 1981 in Stuttgart, works as a freelance dramaturg, director and curator for music and media art. He has worked as a dramaturg at the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Ruhrtriennale and the Schauspielhaus Bochum. In addition, Tobias Staab curated large parts of the Ruhrtriennale's installation and music program between 2015 and 2017. In 2016 he founded together with the US choreographer Richard Siegal the dance company Ballet of Difference, which established itself from an internationally touring company to a permanent company in the city of Cologne. As a freelance curator he also launched various programs and festivals in the fields of music as well as performative and installative arts: with Ritournelle he established a festival for advanced electronic pop music at the Munich Kammerspiele in 2012, which in the following years also took place at the Schauspielhaus Bochum and as part of the Ruhrtriennale. At the interface of experimental electronic music, media art and dance the festival Noise Signal Silence was established, founded and curated by Tobias Staab, which took place in Munich and Cologne in 2017 and 2018. As part of the Bauhaus 100 Festival at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, he curated an interdisciplinary program in 2019 under the title Hyper.Culture, which formulated a concept for a future queer and intercultural Bauhaus of the 21st century. In 2019 Tobias Staab founded the DIVE Festival for Immersive Arts in Bochum, where he also designed large parts of the program. Since 2018 he has been curating and directing the new media art center Oval Office in Bochum, where he exhibits internationally renowned artists such as Matthew Barney, Tianzhuo Chen, Kurt Hentschläger, Ulf Langheinrich, Ivana Franke, Lizzy Fitch & Ryan Trecartin and Terry Riley. In 2018 Tobias Staab wrote and directed the music theater project O Augenblick as a homage to the theater. In 2020 he developed and staged the evening After Work - A Requiem for the Working Man, which explores the relationship between work and identity at the interface of dance, acting and the visual arts.