Bettina Masuch to become artistic director of Festspielhaus St. Pölten
Bettina Masuch, artistic and managing director at tanzhaus nrw, will leave the house at the end of the 2021/2022 season. Starting in autumn 2022, she will take over the artistic reins of Festspielhaus St. Pölten in Austria. The team at tanzhaus nrw deeply regrets Bettina Masuch’s departure while simultaneously issuing sincere compliments to both her and Festspielhaus St. Pölten on gaining “a renowned protagonist of the European dance scene”.
Bettina Masuch has been managing tanzhaus nrw since 2014, a period in which the house blossomed into a highly regarded cultural institution, gaining recognition with the Federal Theatre Award (Theaterpreis des Bundes) as well as with the Idea Prize of the Heinrich Böll Foundation NRW (Ideenpreis der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung NRW) for commitment in civil society issues. Additionally, tanzhaus nrw has been a member of the Alliance of International Production Venues, a strong network which unites the “seven largest and most important houses with international appeal” (Federal Government press release), an endeavour that receives support from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
“I look forward to the remaining time in Düsseldorf, with my team and the associated artists*, teachers* and our visitors*. Together, we will realise all projects that are scheduled until summer 2022,” says Bettina Masuch.