Rosa Wernecke

Portraitfoto von Rosa Wernecke
c Daniela Müller-Brunke

Rosa Wernecke born in 1986, lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt. She studied Applied Theater Studies in Gießen and Media Arts in Cologne. Her work as a performance and media artist forces the dialogue between the performing and visual arts. A queer-feminist approach to content is intertwined with a strong formal focus on the use of technical means from the fields of stage technology, light and video art, and new digital media. Her work has been shown at Fleetstreet Hamburg, Moltkerei Cologne, Synnika Art Space Frankfurt, bauhaus reuse Berlin, Galerie Simone Menne Kiel, and the Center for the Holographic Arts New York, among others. Her video and light settings were part of scenic arrangements at Radialsystem Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Ruhrtriennale Bochum, among others.

She is co-founder of the feminist performance and media art collective Swoosh Lieu whose performances and installations have been invited to Tanzplattform Deutschland, Stückemarkt of the Berlin Theatertreffen, Impulse Festival Cologne and Festival Politik im freien Theater, among others. Radio plays have been produced with NDR Kultur and aired at Deutschlandfunk, WDR, BR.

In 2013, she spent the year as a research assistant with a focus on scenic work and dramaturgy at the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where she supervised the practical study projects. She has taught lighting design and stage machinery at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen and Performance Studies in Hamburg and has given workshops at the Stückemarkt of the Berlin Theatertreffen and the Berlin Theatertreffen der Jugend. From 2015 to 2016 she worked in the technical production and video department of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (formerly: The Forsythe Company). In 2018 she received the postgraduate scholarship “Artistic Research” of the Hessian Theater Academy. 2018 was spent as artist in residence at the Villa Kamogawa of the Goethe Institute Kyoto in Japan. In 2021/22, she has received a scholarship for the Cultural Academy Tarabya in Istanbul. 2023 she will be artist in residence at the Cité internationale des arts Paris.

She is co-founder of “Gefährliche Arbeit” ( a network of queer-feminist FLINTA theatre workers, who work between art and technology.

Here is Rosa Wernecke’s Vimeo Page.

Scholarships and residencies

  • 2023 Artist in residence Cité internationale des arts Paris
  • 2022 Global cultural exchange stipends of the federal state of Berlin / HoloCenter NYC
  • 2021/22 Radio Play Scholarship, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
  • 2021/22 Kulturakademie Tarabya Istanbul
  • 2021 Home – Frankfurt – Tel Aviv
  • 2018 Villa Kamogawa Kyoto, Goethe Institut
  • 2017 postgraduate scholarship „Artistic Research“ Hessischen Theaterakademie
  • 2014 Fleetstreet Hamburg
  • 2013 Implantieren auf Naxos, Naxoshalle Frankfurt / Halle 2, Frankfurt LAB
  • 2012 Scholarship Marianne Ingenwerth Stiftung

Work History

Concept, Space, Video, Light

HausSarah Nemtsov, Heinrich Horwitz, Rosa Wernecke

Ruhtriennale Turbinenhalle Bochum Germany
Szenenfoto Haus

Concept, Video Design

  • PremièreVideo

A Room of Our OwnSwoosh Lieu

Digital Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main Germany
Home - Frankfurt - Tel Aviv Frankfurt / Tel Aviv Germany / Israel
Heidelberger Stückemarkt Heidelberg Germany
Hessische Theatertage Marburg Germany
15. LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt Germany
Still aus dem Film, roter Vorhang mit Spot

Concept, Video, Light

  • Première

Epilog:AbrissAndrej Koroliov, Heinrich Horwitz, Rosa Wernecke

Ballhaus Ost Berlin Germany


with Ensemble LuxNM

Still aus dem Projekt Epilog:Abriss

Video Design

  • InstallationVideo

The AppearanceRosa Wernecke, Heinrich Horwitz

bauhaus reuse Berlin Germany


Invited to "GRRL HAUS CINEMA" Filmfestival Berlin 2021 Invited to Pride on Screen - FLINTA* Outdoor Short Film Festival 2021, Bürgerplatz Berlin

Screenshot von The Appearance

Video Documentation

  • Video

Treffen TotalTreffen Total Team

Hamburg Germany
Still aus der Dokumentation zu Treffen Total 2016
Treffen Total K3 Kampnagel Hamburg 22. April 2016; Raumfotos, Pausenbilder Ort: Raum 1. Stock. © Wolfgang Unger

Video Realisation

  • PremièreVideo

C.O.R.E.Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Bockenheimer Depot Frankfurt am Main Germany
Hellerau Dresden Germany
Szenenbild mit Projektion aus dem Stück C.O.R.E.

Concept, Light, Photography, Hologramme

  • Première

light glimpseRosa Wernecke / Swoosh Lieu

Moltkerei Frankfurt am Main Germany
Fleetstreet Hamburg Germany