We see ourselves as a dance company that has been active in the independent scene with various artists and collaborators since 2008.
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Isabelle von Gatterburg

Production // Artistic Assistance // Dance

Isabelle von Gatterburg studied dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg, Netherlands. After her studies she worked as a freelance dancer in Brussels for two years and toured worldwide with professional fire and cabaret shows for ‘project pq’ from 2008 to 2015. Since 2008 she has been a regular dancer for backsteinhaus produktion and since 2009 a permanent member of the company as production manager and artistic assistant. As a dancer and choreographic assistant to Nicki Liszta, she works regularly at various city theatres and dance academies and has also been a member of the Citizen.KANE.Kollektiv in Stuttgart as a dancer and organiser since 2014.

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Heiko Giering

Music Direction // Composition // Music

Heiko Giering graduated in 2009 from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart with a diploma in jazz and popular music (majoring in saxophone), supplemented in 2010/2011 by a master’s degree in jazz composition at the Kunstuniversität Graz. He is a permanent member of numerous bands and various formations. As a musician Heiko Giering has been working for backsteinhaus produktion since 2008. Since 2010 he is a permanent member of the company as musical director and composer.

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Nicki Liszta

Artistic direction // Choreography

Nicki Liszta (*1980) // she, her // studied contemporary dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg, Netherlands. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked as a choreographer/director in the contemporary dance and theater scene. Since 2009 she has worked as Guest lecturer at various art universities. As artistic director of backsteinhaus production, she has realized numerous collaborations and in-house productions since 2008
different city and state theaters. In 2021, together with the five-person team from backsteinhaus production, she began to open the company as a production platform for contemporary dance and social practices.
In her work, Nicki Liszta is always looking for new ways to take dance out of its elitist and abstract niche. In terms of content, it deals with current socio-political and social discourses negotiates topics from a Eurocentric-critical and queer-feminist perspective. She combines this with an individual, constantly redefined movement language. Their style is often powerful and very consistent in form.

She is interested in designing absurd worlds with an authentic, immediate, often immersive aesthetic in the transition between dance and performance. The choreographies often use physical extremes, play with the creation of grotesque images and the shifting of supposed taboo zones.

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Paulina Mandl

Mediation // Dramaturgy

After a voluntary social year, Paulina Mandl studied art at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Nuremberg. In 2018, she completed her master’s degree in “Cultural Education” at the PH Ludwigsburg and the ADK Ludwigsburg with a thesis on the history of independent theater in Germany and specifically in Stuttgart.
Since 2012, she worked first as an assistant director and later as a cultural mediator and dramaturg with, among others, LOKSTOFF! Theater im öffentlichen Raum, Citizen.KANE.Kollektiv, backsteinhaus produktion and Theaterhaus Stuttgart. After three seasons as dramaturg at the Junges Ensemble Stuttgart, she returned to the independent scene and works as cultural mediator and dramaturg at backsteinhaus produktion.

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Franziska Stulle


Franziska Stulle (*1982) // she, her // studied European. Ethnology, sociology and English studies in Würzburg, where, in addition to her studies, she took on numerous directing, production and design assistants at various private theaters in Würzburg. From 2010 – 2013 she worked at the Lower Saxony State Theater in Hanover as a consultant to the directorate. In 2013 she took over the management of the Theater Rampe, and from the 2021/22 season until the change of management in 2023 she was part of the theater management. Since the 2023/24 season she has been part of the backsteinhaus produktion team as managing director. She views management as an opportunity to question and change what has already existed and takes great pleasure in planning and managing.

She views her work as a counterpart and catalyst to and for artistic work. She is motivated by enabling and designing projects and, above all, achieving a lasting improvement in financial structures within the theater landscape. She is fighting for adjustments to salaries and fees and thus for overcoming precarious working conditions. She is also interested in meeting artists in every production, guest performance and project. These insights allow them to continually redefine their own approaches. For her, a flexible approach to every new situation is one of the main attractions of managing the company.

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Emma Sulz

Communication // Network

Emma Sulz completed a FSJ Kultur in the area of production and public relations at Theater Rampe in Stuttgart in 2021/22. Since then she has been studying communication science and sociology in Jena and working on projects in the independent scene. She is a member of Freiraum Jena e.V. and volunteers there in the areas of (socio-cultural) project planning, awareness work and public relations. She is supporting backsteinhaus production in communication and networking beginning January 2024.