Judith Kuckart

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Judith Kuckart (born June 17, 1959 in Schwelm ) is a German dancer , choreographer , director and writer .

Live and act

Judith Kuckart was born as the daughter of the politician Leonhard Kuckart . After graduating from high school, she completed dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen and studied literature and theater studies in Cologne and Berlin ; In 1983 she obtained her master's degree . In 1984 she was an assistant at the Choreographic Theater of the City of Heidelberg . In 1985 she founded the TanzTheater Skoronel , with which she performed 17 pieces on various German and international stages until 1998, in which she participated as an author, dancer, choreographer and director. She has been publishing novels and short stories since the early 1990s . Judith Kuckart is a member of the PEN Center Germany . The author now lives in Zurich and Berlin. In the winter semester 2010/2011 she was poet in residence at the University of Essen and gave poetry lectures that reflected on her career.

"Sentences with date"

The sets with date has been in the Kuckart 1998 Villa Massimo written; they are staggered like a diary. The lyric self writes down various observations and feelings that it makes in the Villa Massimo during its time in Italy. The main plot in the book is the death of the mother, which occurs with reading the book and continues from then on. So there are always motifs of mourning in the notes of the individual days. The text was published as a special print by Villa Massimo and is not available in bookshops. Kuckart processed the text for her radio play of the same name (2000).



  • No storm, just weather. Novel. Dumont. Cologne 2019.
  • That you have to go through Belgium on the way to happiness. Novel. DuMont, Cologne 2015.
  • Wishes. Novel. DuMont, Cologne 2013.
  • The main thing is a nylon smock. Narrative. Museum writer 10, XIM Virgines publishing house, Düsseldorf 2011.
  • The suspect. Novel. DuMont, Cologne 2008.
  • Whoever enters the same bar three times has a standing home. Ringier Art Publishing, Zurich 2006.
  • Kaiserstrasse. Novel. DuMont, Cologne 2006.
  • Village beauty. Novella. DuMont, Cologne 2003.
  • The author's widow. Stories. DuMont, Cologne 2003.
  • Lena's love. Novel. DuMont, Cologne 2002.
  • Sentences with date. Villa Massimo, Rome 1998.
  • The librarian. Novel. Eichborn Verlag, 1998.
  • The beautiful woman. Novel. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1994.
  • Choice of weapons. Novel. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990.
  • A dance madness. The Skoronel Dance Theater. Documentation. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1989.
  • "I can no longer find my picture in the mirror of the brooks". The tightrope walk of a different aesthetic by the poet Else Lasker-Schüler. Essays. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1985.


  • Homes. Narrative theater by Judith Kuckart and twelve home experts from Syria, Siberia, Angola and Willebadessen premiered on August 6, 2017.
  • Red is like a wooden box feels. Theater project as part of the Munich Literature Days, premiere on November 12, 2016.
  • Mother, do the foresters lie? based on Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, premiere on August 11, 2016.
  • And when do the elephants come? By Judith Kuckart, Mathias Greffrath and the Shakespeare Company ensemble. World premiere: November 11, 2015.
  • Village beauty. Play based on the story of the same name by Judith Kuckart. First performance November 26th, 2011, Theater Paderborn.
  • Birds of paradise. Workshop performance as part of the Author Days. Director: Alize Zandwijk. Deutsches Theater Berlin, June 25, 2011.
  • Eurydice separates. Based on Alice Munro's story "The children stay here". World premiere November 9, 2010, Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
  • Carmen - a German musical. Book and lyrics: Judith Kuckart. Music: Wolfgang Schmidtke . Director: Nico Rabenald. First performance June 16, 2010, Bad Hersfeld Abbey Ruins.
  • Lothar I. First performance April 2, 2009, Bremer Shakespeare Company.
  • The previous tenant. World premiere September 11, 2008, Kammerspiele Paderborn. S.Fischer Verlag Theater & Medien.
  • Bluebeard is waiting. A piece for six rooms, five women and an opera singer. First performance in 2002 as part of the Berlin Festival in the Hotel Bogota. S. Fischer Verlag Theater and Media.
  • Melancholy I or The Two Sisters. First performance Berliner Ensemble 1996. S. Fischer Verlag Theater und Medien.
  • Last minute, Miss Dagny. World premiere of Freie Kammerspiele Magdeburg / LTT Tübingen 1995. S. Fischer Verlag Theater und Medien.

Radio plays

  • Voices on the go or whoever enters the same bar three times has a standing home. Radio play SWR 2008.
  • Postcards from the future. Thomas Mann receives and answers from Pacific Palisades. Radiofeature, SWR, 2007.
  • Crime summer with Inspector Maigret. Radio equipment and direction for nine crime novels by Georges Simenon. SFB-ORB / MDR / steinbach speaking books, 2003.
  • Sentences with date. Radio play SWR, 2000.
  • Melancholy I or The Two Sisters. Radio play SFB / ORB, 1998.

Awards and honors

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Press release from the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association of July 6, 2012