Born in Lucerne, Sarah Derendinger studied video art and film in Berne, Amsterdam, Basel and Warsaw. She works as an independent film and television director, author and video artist.
Her films have been shown at numerous international festivals. Her documentary Familientreffen won the Swiss Film Prize at the 2009 Vision du Réel festival in Nyon. Since 1993, she has regularly produced documentaries, live action and fiction series for Swiss television SRF, and for seven years produced new series formats as a programme developer.
Sarah Derendinger also presents her video installations in exhibitions, public spaces, stages and festivals, for example at the Theatertreffen in Berlin, the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Théâtre de Bâle, Nuremberg Staatsoper, Mannheim Staatstheater, Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Belfast Opera House, English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Semperoper Dresden, La Monnaie in Brussels...
Sarah Derendinger has been working regularly with Calixto Bieito since 2013, and has also created video installations on stage for numerous directors and composers, including Jossi Wieler, Jürgen Flimm, Heiner Goebbels, Barbora Horáková Joly and Andrea Moses.
In 2017, she was awarded the Critics' Prize for Best Spanish Video Design for the production Obabakoak, which premiered in Bilbao. In 2021, she will direct Arne Nordheim's video opera Tempest at the Bergen Festival, and in 2023 she will stage The Rape of Lucretia as an opera director at the Lucerne Theatre.
At the Paris Opera: Lear, 2016; Simon Boccanegra, 2018
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