Team 2°

Ksenia Ravvina

Director, author, dramaturg

Photo: Ksenia Ravvina

Name: Ksenia Ravvina

Where are you from? Saint Petersburg/Berlin

Describe yourself in 1-3 sentences (1-3 Words):

Who is “Artist”?

What is extinct? What should exist? Between these two questions there is a gap, which I would call the habitat of art. For art can only survive in an in-between space, balancing among the existing and the non-existing.

How do you feel about mistakes? “Whoa! I feel good… I feel nice, like sugar and spice…”


What is art for?

From my personal collection of “180 answers to the question “what art is for?”. Even if culture cannot prevent catastrophes, it is what stands by one’s side in the darkest moments.

Ksenia Ravvina, a director, an author, a dramaturg, studied History at Saint Petersburg State University, Directing in Frankfurt and Applied theater studies at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In recent years, several projects have been created in Germany, Eastern Europe and the USA, including projects for the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, the Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the Dirty Deal Teatro in Riga, as well as various works in cooperation with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, the Frankfurt LAB, the Schwankhalle in Bremen, the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, the RUHRTRIENNALE, Opera Philadelphia and the Deutsches Theater Berlin. In 2019, Ksenia Ravvina co-created the opera DENIS & KATYA at Opera Philadelphia, USA. The piece was acclaimed worldwide and received various international prizes (FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera 2019, Finalist of the International Opera Awards 2020 a.o.). In the same year she staged UNTERTITEL. EINE TECHNO OPER IN DREI AKTEN  at Atelierfrankfurt. In spring 2021, she brought the play THE ARRIVAL to the Theater Münster. In October 2021 her most recent work IN A REAL TRAGEDY, IT IS NOT THE HEROINE WHO DIES; IT IS THE CHORUS premiered at Deutsches Theater Berlin.

Marion Darova


Name: One

Where are you from? I am from Sofia, that’s it, from here. 

Describe yourself in 1-3 sentences (1-3 Words): Arrow, Water, Sludge

Who is “Artist”? An artist is anyone who has gone beyond themselves as a subject.

What is extinct? I don’t know.

What should exist? I would say nothing should not exist. I can’t imagine it otherwise.

How do you feel about mistakes? I feel squeamish, however I am learning to love them.

Superpowers? I have a superpower I haven’t found the name for.

What is art for? I would say that art certainly serves, however I find it quite difficult to point out what. Something much bigger.

Photo: Marion Darova

Marion Darova is a freelance choreographer. She has a degree in Philosophy and Theatre Directing. In 2015, she completed a contemporary dance program at Derida Dance Center. Her projects include Mainstream, Trauma, Corpos meum, Hating machine, DifFusion, WO MAN (Ikar award 2021), FREEFALL.

Jan Brauer


Photo: Jan Brauer

Name: Jan Brauer

Where are you from? I am from Germany and I live in Berlin.

Describe yourself in 1-3 sentences (1-3 Words): Hyper-nervous funny German

Who is “Artist”? Artist is… I don’t know – pass.

What is extinct? The past

What should exist? The future – logical answer. 🙂

How do you feel about mistakes? If I notice them, then I am really happy.

Superpowers? I can make it sound good.

What is art for? Art is for nothing and everything at the same time.

Jan Brauer was born in 1985 in Wiesbaden, Germany. After finishing school in 2004, he went for an apprenticeship as media designer, followed by studies of time based media in Mainz and Sound Studies at University of the Arts Berlin. Since 2009 he is a founding member of the German music group Brandt Brauer Frick, with international live shows in classical concert venues, as well as electronic music festivals. With his group, Brauer released five long players and many singles and remixes. BBF work as well in regular project-based collaborations, for example with Venezuelan El Sistema Orquesta in 2020, or director Martin Butler in 2016, when the group wrote the opera Gianni at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Brauer lives in Berlin, where he works as music performer, sound designer and -recordist and lately started composing music for theaters such as Berliner Ensemble, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) or Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna.

Team 2° Event


National Student House Sofia

19:30 | Team 2° Director Ksenia Ravvina (Germany/Russia), choreographer Marion Darova (Bulgaria) and composer/producer Jan Brauer (Germany) will present the outcome of their collaboration inspired by this year's festival theme existinct.


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