Kai Tuchmann works mainly as a Director, Dramaturge and Program maker. He studied Directing at the Drama Academy Ernst Busch, Berlin. Although strongly influenced by documentary theatre practices, he constantly tries to challenge the concept of documentation. Currently, Kai works as a Dramaturge for Lian Guodong`s new choreography 关于未知的诗歌/ A POEM TO THE UNKNOWN, that will highlight the crucial power of imagining future for living together in troubled times. This piece will premiere in October 2020 in Beijing and will be shown in Germany and Italy as well.
As a fellow of the recently founded Academy_for_Theatre_and_Digitality in Dortmund (Germany), Kai will collaborate in the second half of 2020 with the dancer Kiran Kumar and the programmer Matthias Härtig for the piece DEAR DEAD DOCTOR. DEAR DEAD DOCTOR will unfold on stage as a choreographic dialogue between the digital hologram P3B and Kiran Kumar. Materializing layers of presence and absence on stage, this work proposes aesthetic experiences of reincarnation through the use of recursive algorithms.
As a Program maker Kai works together with Anuja Ghosalkar on a series of workshops all over India that will lead to a Theatre Festival solely devoted to “Theatre of the Real” in India in 2020. During this process Kai curated the participation of artists like Boris Nikitin, Rimini Protokoll, Zhao Chuan and Gob Squad.
Since 2017 Kai is a member of the Dramaturgy Faculty at China`s Central Academy of Drama, where he develops together with Li Yinan the curriculum for Asia`s first Dramaturgy program. Since 2016 he is also a Board Member of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center in Shanghai and New York. Kai lectured, taught and conducted workshops, among others, at Beijing University, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, Free University Berlin, and he will be a Fulbright-Scholar at the Segal Center, City University New York, where in summer 2020 he will complete his work on the book “Making Visible!-Dramaturgies of the Real in Dialogue”.