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AKTION B I Manon Pfrunder I Germany

In 1982 Joseph Beuys planted his first of 7000 oak trees in front of the Fridericianum in Kassel (GER). Forty years later, in view of the growing climatic emergency, the experimental art-documentary ACTION B once again focuses on this visionary citizen project. Equipped with a spade, basalt stone and oak tree the action-artist himself returns just in time for the last week of Documentafifteen to Kassel. In order to attempt to plant his last and again his first oak tree with the citizens of Kassel and the Documenta visitors the movie follows the artist in a consistently documented live-performance.

Manon Pfrunder born in Switzerland in 1988, was in 2007 part of the Junges Schauspielhaus at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. She then studied film and stage acting at the European Film Actor School in Zurich. During her studies she realized her first theater work as a young director and acted in front of the camera in several television and cinemafilm productions. She took on the leading role in the feature film Die Schwalbe under the syrian-kurdish director Mano Khalil. The film was, among other things, the opening film of the Solothurn Film Festival in 2016 and was nominated for the Prix de Soleure.

From 2013 she worked as an assistant director under Frank Castorf at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin and from 2016 under Barbara Frey again at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. Since 2018 she has been realising stage productions and other projects for Schauspielhaus Zurich, Volksbühne am Kaulenberg, Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Heimathafen Neukölln and the Staatstheater Kassel.

Since 2019 she has lived mainly in Berlin and works as a freelance theater director. With the dramaturge Daniela Guse, she founded the Berlin-based duo Guse&Pfrunder with the incentive to rediscover forgotten literature and authors for the theater context. Otherwise she has been working since 2017 with Milo Rau.

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