Klaus Kruse

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Theatre
Email
klaus.kruse@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 255905 Ext: 5905

Klaus Kruse is a director, scenographer, performer, poet and songwriter based in the UK since 2002 and he specialises in designing and directing immersive theatre productions. He has a particular interest in the significance of the audience's physical position in the performance space. The environments he designs are contraptions that allow the performance landscape to be transformed throughout an event. His company Living Structures utilises 'changing spatial reality' as a tool for storytelling that engages audiences in unusual ways.

Living Structures' work experiments with the relationships that performance can create between audience, performers and performance environment. The company strategically designs spaces into which audiences can enter, manipulating the expanse, shape and atmosphere of space as it is perceived throughout the performance event. Using 'changing spatial reality' as a theatrical tool, Living Structures removes 'place' as stable factor and integrates the audience's presence in the space as an active element of the performance event. During performances the spectators' physical position is significant and frequently suggests or allocates a sort of role to them. This influences how the audience will observe their environment. Voice, sound, performance, video and installation relate to a physical journey that the audience undertakes. Living Structures emerged out of Klaus's continuous research into audience/performer spatial relationships and creates work in collaboration with international artists from a wide range of creative fields.  

Klaus works as a senior lecturer at the theatre department at Falmouth University. He has previously taught as associate and visiting lecturer at London School of Economics, Academy of the Arts Reykjavic, University of Plymouth and University of the Arts Berlin. Klaus works as artistic director, scenographer and writer for the international performance collective Living Structures livingstructures.co.uk, which he co-founded in 2007. He also worked as director, scenographer and writer for The Solvents Live Art and Theatre Collective, which he cofounded in 2002. Klaus has studied Contemporary Dance and Theatre at the School for New Dance Development Amsterdam (SNDD), at the University of the Arts Berlin (UDK) and at Dartington College of Arts UK (DCA) where he completed both his BA(Hons) and MA in Devised Theatre.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2008
MA Theatre
Dartington College of Arts
2006
BA(Hons) Theatre
Dartington College of Arts

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Klaus specialises in designing and directing immersive theatre productions. He has a particular interest in the significance of the audience's physical position in the performance space. The environments he designs are contraptions that allow the performance landscape to be transformed throughout an event. His company, Living Structures, utilises 'changing spatial reality' as a tool for storytelling that engages audiences in unusual ways.

Research centre and group affiliations

Articulating Space

Research topics

Performance/Audience Relationship
Audience Perception of Space Through Sound
Making Meaning Through Transforming Space

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Performance

Kruse, Klaus (2012) Leviathan. [Performance]

Kruse, Klaus (2010) Cart Macabre. [Performance]

Kruse, Klaus (2009) Biosphere. [Performance]

Events

YearDescription
2012

ACE funded production 'Leviathan' performed at Matadero Madrid in co-produced by Theatro Español Madrid and The Old Vic Tunnels London.

2012

Performs solo version of 'Biosphere' at Fringe Madrid

2011

ACE funded R&D for new performance 'Leviathan' co-produced by Old Vic London

2011

Presents Cart Macabre at Centro Niemeyer in Aviles, Spain co-produced by Old Vic London

2011

Devises and presents 'Walking the Void' at Prague Quadrennial

2010

Directs Living Structures ACE funded project 'Cart Macabre' co-produced by Old Vic London

2012

Klaus leads and organises a two-day Immersive Theatre workshop for Falmouth at The Old Vic Tunnels

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
2012
2014
Leviathan Production
Arts Council England
£65,000

Living Structures

4 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health & hospital authorities
2011
2011
Leviathan Production Research and Development
Arts Council England
£20,000

Living Structures

4 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health & hospital authorities
2010
2010
Cart Macabre
Arts Council England
£45,380

Living Structures

4 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health & hospital authorities
2012
2012
Leviathan Production
Theatro Espanol
44,251

Living Structures

9 EU other

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Theatre
Directing
Theatre Production
Devised Theatre
Music Theatre
Acting
Scenography
Prop making

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Theatre
BA(Hons) Music Theatre
BA(Hons) Acting

Business engagement

Business start ups

Artistic Director and founding member of Living Structures Ltd

Professional engagement

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