Mirko Borscht

is a director and video artist. Born in Cottbus, he broke off his tailoring apprenticeship and escaped to Berlin. Up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, he lived in squats, with drugs and music. This was followed by odd jobs, state benefits, participation in a state programme for difficult-to-place youth. Jobs as assistant cameraman for television and news productions took him to film. His first full-length film, Kombat Sechzehn, was released in 2004. Borscht has worked in the theatre since 2007. Most of his works are cinematic-aesthetic installations in walk-through spaces and radical confrontations with current discourses. He has worked at numerous venues including the Schauspiel Hannover, Centraltheater Leipzig, Luzerner Theater, Teater Nordkraft Aalborg, Sydhavn Teater Copenhagen, Münchener Biennale. At the Gorki he staged Ground Control, Woyzeck II and Der Auftrag, among others.