Alexandra Prusa

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Alexandra Prusa (* 1955 , according to official information: 1958 or 1959, in Zurich ) is a Swiss actress , singer ( Tango Argentino ), filmmaker and artist .


Family and education

Prusa was born to Juri Prusa; her father was a descendant of a noble family from St. Petersburg . He was a trained sculptor and fresco painter . During the Stalinist purges he was imprisoned in a labor camp, from which he and his father managed to escape. As an emigrant, as a Russian without a valid passport, he could not find work in Switzerland. He therefore went to sea as a ship's officer ; as an artist he only worked for himself in the private sphere. Prusa's father was an avid antique collector ; Prusa presented around 100 exhibits from her father's collection in an exhibition in Zurich in 2014.

Prusa initially studied graphic design at the Zurich University of Design from 1974 to 1979 . With an actor's scholarship, she completed her acting training at the Hamburg Drama Studio from Hildburg Frese in 1979 / 80–1983 , which she successfully completed in 1983 with the stage maturity examination before the joint examination committee.


She had her first theater engagement at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (1982). She has worked as a freelance actress, singer, producer and director since 1984. In 1984 she went on a European tour with her own production Tango Palace , a dance drama based on Jorge Luís Borges . In 1985, together with the Swiss actor, director and author Rudolph Straub, she founded the independent production group "Jo Jo Production", later also "Yo Yo Production", with which the duo Prusa / Straub worked on theater projects at unusual venues (including a shark bar in Zurich, on a raft or ship on Lake Zurich or in a bus).

In addition, Prusa had guest engagements as an actress a. a. at the free theater group Kampftheater Hamburg, at the Theater Gruppe 80 in Vienna (1989; in The Exception and the Rule by Bertolt Brecht ) and at the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich (1989).

Between 1991 and 1993 Prusa took part in several Swiss premieres ( William Mastrosimone , Christopher Durang ) with the theater ensemble "FUSYON", a fusion of Yo Yo Production with the independent theater ensemble Smomos Theater . Engagements followed between 1993 and 1996. a. at the Theater an der Winkelwiese (1996; as dance teacher / Josepha in Friedrich Glauser's Die Fieberkurve ), at the Schauspielhaus Zurich and at the Theater am Neumarkt Zurich (in handbook for impostors by Walter Serner ). At the Zurich Theater Spektakel in 2000 she took part in the production Snow White based on motifs by Robert Walser . 2001–2002 Prusa was artistic director of the briefly existing Bel Etage theater in Zurich. In 2003 she appeared in the production of Welt im Spiegel at the Casinotheater Winterthur with texts by Robert Gernhardt . In 2008 she appeared in the musical opera Nikki by Rudolph Straub at Casino Zug and at the Zug Theater and Music Society.

Singing and art

In the early 1980s, Prusa went on a trip to Argentina ; since then she has been dealing with the Tango Argentino as a musical form of expression. She developed several recitals in which she acted as a singer and band leader. Her programs, with which she has performed regularly, include Blue Tango (2002–2004), Tango multilingual (2009–2013; Argentine tango classics, interpreted in several languages ​​in Lunfardo , French, Italian, Berndeutsch and Rumantsch , with orchestra) and Broken Dreams (since 1999), a program as a trio with world music from jazz to tango with John Wolf Brennan (piano) & Peter Gossweiler (bass). Since September 2013, Prusa and her musicians have combined live concerts with film screenings. Prusa released several CDs with her programs.

Prusa also appeared as a singer in 1996/97 with Singing Girls , a trio with actress Sandra Moser and pianist Marianne Racine, in Zurich and on tour in German-speaking countries. She was the initiator of other projects, for example in 1999 of Per Olov Enquist's Die Nacht der Tribaden in a tango pavilion under the Kornhausbrücke in Zurich.

As an artist, Prusa has created several multimedia projects in which she mixes language, texts, music, song and film. Cinematic and musical diaries, short films , musical homages and multimedia evenings were created. In 2010 she developed the singing and film project KOSOVAMBIENT SONG (Kosovo Environment Song), in which Prusa radioed young Kosovars under the age of 18 to express their wishes for the future environment. The verbal contributions resulted in 20 songs that Prusa sang in Albanian . The world premiere took place in June 2010 in Pristina ; this was followed by a tour through Kosovo and in November 2010 through Switzerland. In 2012 she realized the multimedia project “Bus 31”, in which she had people from 90 nations on the Zurich bus route 31 say the sentence “I am not a racist” into the microphone in their mother tongue. Prusa also sang the vocal track for this multimedia project.

Movie and TV

Prusa has worked in numerous Swiss and German-speaking, but also international cinema and television productions. In the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), she played as Member No. 7 a member of the Greene clan. In the Swiss film Räuberinnen (2009), she played the role of Katharina, a scheming and malicious noblewoman and mother. In 2009 she received a nomination for “Best Actress” at the Swiss Film Awards for her performance . In the Swiss film Murder Behind the Curtain (2011), she worked alongside the over 90-year-old grande dame of Swiss cinema, Stephanie Glaser .

In the ARD television series Die Biester (2001) she had a continuous series role; she was Mrs. Gerok's secretary. In the ARD early evening series Sophie - Bride Against Will , she was seen in a continuous series lead role from 2005-2006; she played the scheming Countess Magda von Ahlen.

She also had episode roles in the television series Sinan Toprak is the incorruptible (2001; as Gisela Reuter, owner of a Munich high-tech company) and The Undertaker (2015). From May to July 2017 Prusa was seen in the ARD television series Um Himmels Willen in a few episodes in a supporting role as Helene Ritter; she played the person responsible in the state parliament for the issuing of casino licenses .


Prusa is married to the author, director and theater maker Rudolph Straub. She lives in Zurich.

Filmography (selection)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Alexandra Prusa profile at CAST FORWARD . Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  2. a b c d Alexandra Prusa Vita. SWISS FILMS. Retrieved May 7, 2016
  3. a b c d e f What is left of life. In: Tages-Anzeiger of October 3, 2014. Retrieved on May 7, 2016
  4. Tango Multilingual con Alexandra Prusa preliminary report from December 4, 2011. Accessed on May 7, 2016
  5. Alexandra Prusa FILM CONCERT BUS 31 - I AM NOT A RACIST Excerpts from the BUS31 program (2014). Retrieved May 7, 2016
  6. BUS31 project with trailer. Retrieved May 7, 2016
  7. 90 nations in bus 31 filmed on February 14, 2012. Accessed on May 7, 2016
  8. ^ All no racists excerpts in: Tages-Anzeiger from December 11, 2015. Accessed on May 7, 2016.
  9. The beasts . Cast (the continuous roles and their actors). Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "For heaven's sake" for the 200th: That happens in the anniversary episode . In: Heilbronner Voice of May 26, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  11. Pärchenpalaver: Actress Alexandra Prusa and her husband from March 15, 2015. Retrieved on May 7, 2016