christoph levermann


contemporary puppetry


THESIS:

 

"Puppetry begins where a material of any form enters the dialogue with the body of the (stage)performer.  

 

The dialogue assumes the material a life on its own. It does not necessarily presuppose a physical influence of the performer on the material. Just the tension between player and object, their relationship to each other already tells a story. The focus is decisive.

 

The performer must acquire a form of absolute control over his own body before he is credibly able to control an artificial body. Puppetry does not begin in the fingertips; the whole organism is part of the animation.  

 

The material can be a puppet in the classical sense (hand puppet, marionette, bonraku etc.), but also an object, a mask or a prosthesis which expands or alienates the human body. "


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Christoph Levermann
Photo: Dorit Guenter

Christoph Levermann, grown up in Berlin,  collected his first theatrical experiences at the  Berlin theater  "Das Weite Theater". From 2005 to 2006 he took  acting-lessons at the studio of Christiane Kupfer. 2007 work as a stage-worker & backroundactorer at the " Berliner Ensemble".

 

2009 bis 2013 he studies at the  University of Dramatic Art „Ernst Busch“ Berlin in the Department of Contemporary Puppetry; Graduate: Diploma Puppeteer/ Performing Artist.

 

During and after the studies he carried out engagements at

Schauspiel  Cologne, Puppet Theater of Magdeburg,

State Theater Oldenburg, Theatre of the City of Klagenfurt ,

as well as at State Opera Berlin, the Concert House Berlin, and

Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

 . 

Smaller projects took him to the Friedrichstadt-Palace Berlin and the Thalia Theater Hamburg.

 

From 2014 to 2017 he was a permanent ensemble member at the Theater for Young Audience in Dresden.

 

2015 & 2016 Main actor in two seasons of the MEGA-Cartoon Network Show, produced for Cartoon Network

(Turner Media).

 

Between 2017 and 2019 several stays in Cape Town, South Africa; Teacher and apprentice at the ZIP ZAP circus school, work as  artistic employee in independent theater productions.

 

In the season 2018/2019 participation in the workshop "Director and Object" at the Theater Junge Generation Dresden, in which theater makers are furthered and trained as puppetry directors.

 

Director's debut in the season 19/20 at the Theater Junge Generation with the productions "Marco Polo" and "Thumbelina".

 

 

 

Work with the following directors: Mareike Mikat, Moritz Sostmann, Ariel Doron, Aron Stiel, Ania Michaelis, Maximilian von Mayenburg, Tim Tonndorf,  Nils Zapfe, Astrid Griesbach, Melanie Sowa, Markus Joss, Matthias Jochmann, Nis Soogard, Annette Gleichmann, Magali Tosato, Jana Milena Polasek, Frank Alexander Engel, Catherine Umbdenstock, Mathias Becker, Rico Wagner, Philip Baumgarten, Lee Soo-eun, Sandra Marschner, Ulli Voland, Dennis Parchow

In smaller projects with: Christina Rast, Anna Montanja,  Maria Ursprung, Florian Gottschick, Sascha Hargesheimer, Robert Hofmann, Jan Jochymski, Jo Parkes

PERFORMING AGE

25-40

HEIGHT 182 cm
WEIGHT 68 kg
BODY athletic
BODY MEASUREMENTS 90cm/60cm/90cm
CLOTHING SIZE 36 (S)/ 38 (M)
HAIR brown
EYE COLOR Blue-Grey
LINGUISTIC PROFICIENCY

German (native language)

English (fluent)

French (basics)

DIALECT German, saxon
SINGING VOICE Baritone
NATIONALITY German
INSTRUMENTS Djembe
TATTOO no
HOUSING OPTIONS Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Cape Town,


Training


Training and Education at the University of Dramatic Arts "Ernst Busch" Berlin; Department for Contemporary Puppetry:

 

 

Contemporary Puppetry – Prof. Markus Joss

 

Animation: (Czech school) - Prof. Hartmut Lorenz

 

Drama (by Berthold Brecht, Konstantin Stanislawski)  -  Prof. Horst Hawemann

 

Speech Training– Anna Strittmatter, Margret Wübbolt, Prof. Christina Laabs

 

Masque/ Mime   (by Jaques Lecoq)   –   Andrea Kilian

 

Aikido (by Watanabe Sensei) – Prof. Martin Gruber (6.Dan)

 

Acrobatics - Jutta Burger

 

Yoga/ Kinetics -  Vera Schlenker

 

Theatrical Biomechanikc (by Wsewolod Meyerhold) Gennadij Bogdanov 

 

Contemporary Clown – Angela de Castro

 

Improvisation - Prof. Hans-Jochen Menzel

 

Puppet Manipulation- Regina Menzel

 

Dramaturgy / Theater History: Jörg Lehmann, Holger Kuhla

 

Dramaturgy for Puppetry (Czech school) - Prof. Hartmut Lorenz

 

Aesthetics - Jarl Kremeier 

 

Puppet construction– Ingo Mewes, Karin Tiefensee, Magdalena Roth

 

Prosody - Kerstin Hensel

 

Vocal Training: Prof. Hans Friedrich Ihme, Frank Becker

 

Body & Voice Training - Prof. Christina Laabs


Christoph Levermann
(c) Grazyna Fait

Other Courses:

 

Archery & Fence - Tilo Mandel

 

Beat Box Workshop: Sebastian Fuchs

 

Microphone-/ Synchronization Workshop: Andrea Aust

 

Clown Workshop: Jayne Batzofin (Clowns without Borders)

 

Body & Voice Workshop  -  Theodoros Terzopoulos

 

Classical Dance - Suzann Bolick

 

 Tap Dance - Jutta Burger

 

Digital Animation - Thurit Antonia Kremer

 

Racism and cultural practice - Josephine Apraku and Dr. Jule Bönkost IDB Institute for Non-discriminatory Education)

 


CV



Selection of previous work

(For detailed view and Trailer-Show, click on the Dates)


2018

 

Bewohner

Director: Moritz Sostmann

Performance Art Theatre Cologne

 

The Wizard of OZ

Regie: Aron Stiehl

Theatre of Klagenfurt

 

 

2017

 

HAM

Director: Andrico Goosen

Drostdy Teater Stellenbosh, Southafrica

 

*CLICK*

Choreography: Maria Damm

Theater Young Audience Dresdenl

 

Boy with the suitcase

Director: Nis Soogard

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

2016

 

Visiting Time is over

Regie: Ariel Doron

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

The Season

Director: Moritz Sostmann

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

The mega, mega, mega, MEGA Cartoon Network Show

Director: Sandra Marschner

Katapult Film GmbH Berlin

 

The Moon Man

Director: Nils Zapfe

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

Classics, all..

Director: Astrid Griesbach

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

2015

 

Sonnenallee

Director: Mareike Mikat

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

Krabat

Director : Ania Michaelis

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

The three Robbers

Director: Frank Alexander Engel

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

The Process

Director: Ania Michaelis

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

Cinderella

Director: Ania Michaelis

Theater Young Audience Dresden

 

Fight for Troy

Director: Tim Tonndorf

State Theater Oldenburg

 

Jungle Book 1914

Director: Rico Wagner

Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

 

I am a Cyborg and maybe it´s ok

Director: Mathias Becker

Schaubude Berlin

 

 2013

 

A sheep for Life

Director: Anette Gleichmann

Kleistforum/ Theater of Laughter  Frankfurt Oder

 

Where the Wild Things are

Director: Christina Rast

Thalia Theater Hamburg

 

King Deer

Director: Frank Alexander Engel

Puppet Theater Magdeburg

 

Deserted Shore, Medea Material, Landscape with Argonauts

Director: Matthias Jochmann

BAT Berlin

 

The Tale of the Priest and his worker Balda

Director: Melanie Sowa/ Friedrich Kirschner

Conzerthouse Berlin

 

 

 

2012

 

The Valiant Little Tailor

Director: Maximilian von Mayenburg

State Opera Berlin

 

Steiff -Don´t be afraid of the dark

Director: Dennis Parchow

Film Academy Ludwigsburg

 

Heinz Holzer -

Advanced Fragmentaion

Director: Markus Joss

Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

 

Till 2011

 

Day of the Wolfs

Director: Magali Tosato

BAT Berlin

 

Tales from the Vianna Woods

Director: Katherine Umbdenstock

Festival "Premiers Actes" France

 

The Lady from the day before

Director: Melanie Sowa

HfS Berlin 

 

Wallenstein - Triology

Director: Peter Stein

Berliner Ensemble