Anja Rabes

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Anja Rabes was born in 1966 in Munich. After an apprenticeship as a tailor at the Bavarian State Opera, she began to takes courses in Theatre Studies and then worked as an assistant to Anna Viebrock, Axel Manthey and Johannes Grützke at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Burgtheater in Vienna and Munich Kammerspiele. She first made her own costume designs for the dance theatre productions of Verena Weiss and Carolyn Carlson. Since 1994, she has regularly worked as costume designer with Jossi Wieler, Stephan Kimmig and Anselm Weber for theatre and opera.
In 2002, she began also to work as a stage designer, first for Jossi Wieler’s production of Winter at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, 2004, and then for his production of Paul Claudels Break of Noon, which was invited to the 2005 Berlin Theatertreffen.

Rabes also designed the sets and costumes for the premier of Elfriede Jelinek’s Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel) (Rechnitz [The Exterminating Angel]) in 2008 at the Munich Kammerspiele and for the productions of Das letzte Band/ Bis dass der Tag euch scheidet (Krapp's Last Tape/Till Dawn Do You Part) (Peter Handke/Samuel Beckett) and Angst (Fear) (after the novella by Stefan Zweig) at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 and 2010 respectively; all three plays were directed by Jossi Wieler.

After working together with Wieler and Sergio Morabito as a costume designer for the Da Ponte Cycle at the Nederlandse Opera in 2006 (set design: Barbara Ehnes), she meets up again with the duo of Wieler/Morabito in the 2012/2013 season at the State Opera and designes the costumes for Edison Denisov’s L’ecume des jours after Boris Vian (set design: Jens Kilian).

In the likewise ongoing collaboration with Stephan Kimmig and Katja Hass, Rabes works regularly as a costume designer at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Hamburg Schauspielhaus, and she has recently also designed the costumes for Simon Stephens’s production of Wastwater at the Burgtheater in Vienna.