In 2004, the duo Theda Nilsson & Julian Wolf Eicke established themselves in the German theatre scene with their 240-hour non-stop performance MEAT at the Schaubühne. One of their best-known projects is the triptych CELLAR DOOR (2016), staged for the Schauspielhaus Wien, Vienna. Fragments of seven single-family houses in the Austrian province, which were inhabited by 40 performers, were the generator for an online platform that brought the audience into the darker scenery of the virtual world.
In 2018, the artist duo attracted attention with two productions. For the narrative of Boccaccio's DEKAMERON, they designed a 21-day installation in the form of a necropolis - a place that, as a burial and consecration site, is characterised by the last will of the deceased, by the lust for life and the premonition of death.
For BETREUTES LEBEN - EZZELINO LIVE CAMS, they created a world between film set, live chat and website within the framework of the Wiesbaden Biennale, which was based on the scandalous novel by the Swedish author Nikanor Teratologist. Here, again, the performers pushed themselves to their physical boundaries during the 11-day non-stop performance.
A fundamental part of the duo's work is the collaboration with other artists and the selection of performers. Each time, Nilsson & Eicke assemble their ensemble to a new composition of professional performers and other people with diverse social backgrounds and a different range of experience.
Theda Nilsson completed her training in architecture at the UDK Berlin and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and worked with the collective SIGNA for several years. Since 2020, she works as a professor of stage and costume design at the HfBK Dresden. Julian Wolf Eicke studied stage design at the Universität der Künste in Munich and received his diploma in costume and stage design from the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. The couple lives together with their dog in Berlin.