After completing her studies in dramatic arts in London, Mirella Weingarten studied fine arts in Hamburg and Edinburgh; her teachers included Marina Abramovic. In 1998 she received a masters degree in stage and costume design from the Slade School of Art in London. Since 1996 she has worked as a professional theatre designer and director as well as choreographer. In 1999 she founded her own dance theatre company “tanztheater mirella weingarten”. After realising productions in the UK she returned to Germany. Then began a continuous extensive collaboration with the Berlin Contemporary Opera, designing many of their productions. Within the last years her work as a director and designer has been seen throughout Europe, including the Lucerne Opera in Switzerland, the Expo Zaragoza in Spain, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Salzburg Festival in Austria as well as the Venice Biennale in Italy. Her choreographic works were presented at the Art Festival Weimar, KKL Lucerne, Zurich, the Leipzig Opera House, the Davos Festival and other Festivals. Mirella Weingarten is the new artistic director of the music festival Schlossmediale Werdenberg in Switzerland. schlossmediale