The current artist’s core team comprises the artistic directors Ella Huck, Dorothea Reinicke and Katalina Götz (assistant art director), the musician Viktor Marek, the stage designers Michael Böhler (since 2002), Markus Lohmann and Jelka Plate the choreographer Josep Caballero Garcia (since 2015), the documentary filmmaker Mathis Menneking (since 2004) and the documentary photographer Arnold Morascher (since 2014).

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More information about the artistic team behind the productions of the Hajusom Ensemble:

Michael Böhler

Michael Böhler studied fine art and stage design at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and HfbK Hamburg and currently resides in Berlin. Since 2005, he has worked with directors such as Matthias Kaschig, Tobias Rausch, Tanja Richter and Isabel Osthues in his capacity as a stage designer. Institutions he has worked at include theatres in Vienna, Kiel, Berlin, Senftenberg, Paris and Luzern. Since 2002 he has also been involved in projects with Hajusom and has designed stage sets and venues for the ensemble. In 2014, for example, he joined forces with Lohmann and Plate to create the scenery for the ensemble’s anniversary gala at theatre Kampnagel. In the past, Michael’s work was also exhibited at Kunstverein Harbuger Bahnhof Hamburg, at the festival Werkleitzfestival in Halle in 2008 or at Artgenda in Hamburg.

Josep Caballero García

Josep Caballera García studied contemporary dance in Barcelona and at the National Centre for Contemporary Dance (CNDC) in Angers/France until eventually he graduated from Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He has been working as a professional dancer since 1994 and collaborated with artists such as Pina Bausch, Urs Dietrich and Xavier le Roy. His skills have been showcased at different institutions, including Kampnagel Theatre Hamburg, HAU Berlin, K3-Tanzplan Hamburg or tanzhaus in Northrine-Westfalia.

Markus Lohmann

Markus Lohmann graduated in product design from the Münster University of Applied Sciences. After finishing his first diploma, he started a degree in Fine Art under Bogomir Ecker, Carsten Höller and Nicola Torke at HfbK Hamburg. His current focus is on the design of public and community spaces. Markus joined Hajusom in 2009. He is part of the artistic core team and responsible for the ensemble’s stage design. From 2010 until 2016, he was also chair of the association.

Viktor Marek

Socialised by punk at a young age and having embraced its D.I.Y. mentality, Viktor Marek has always been particularly interested in the interaction of music with other ideas and aspects. Rather than staging the perfect but ordinary “rock show”, his focus has been on creating different atmospheres by, for example, consciously playing instruments in an unconventional way. In all of his projects he advocates decision-making at a social democratic and grassroots level. Past works include the band Knarf Rellöm Trinity/a Tribe called Knarf that addresses current political issues, the band 8doogymoto that reflects on the tension between Japanese culture and modern electronical music and Jazz or The living Musicbox & Viktor Marek – a project he carried out in cooperation with the two blind artists Toto Graf and Carsten Schnathorst. In his capacity as the manager of Golden Pudel Club, an institution for subculture in Hamburg, Viktor Marek also follows this bottom-up approach. 

Mathis Menneking

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Arnold Morascher

Arnold Morascher was born in Austria and has been working as a freelance photographer in Hamburg since 2005. His work is represented by the photographer’s agency laif. In 2007 he received the Gabriel Grüner scholarship, in 2010 his work was awarded at Lumix Festival for Young Visual Journalism and in 2012 he obtained a scholarship of the association VG Bildkunst.

Clients include: Stern, Geo Mini, Geo Wissen, National Geographic Kids, Impulse, Financial Times Deutschland, WWF, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Die Presse/Schaufenser, Welt am Sonntag, Chrismon plus etc.

Book projects include: „Hajusom. Theater of the future”, „Ein Tag Deutschland”

Jelka Plate

Jelka Plate studied art and stage design at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. His installation art has been showcased at Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Kunsthaus in Dresden, Galerie für Landschaftskunst in Hamburg, Deveron Arts in Scotland, Museum Neukölln, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum and at the Goethe institutein Ouagadougou. Jelka has also created set designs for productions at Deutsches Theater Berlin, Sophiensaele Berlin, Luzerner Theater, HAU Berlin or Kampnagel Theatre Hamburg. Artists he has collaborated with include Claudia Hamm, Monika Gintersdorfer, Ulf Otto, Vanessa Stern, Tobias Rausch and Bernadette LaHengst. He also regularly collaborates with Hajusom.


The technicians responsible for the conception and realization of most productions have become an integral part of the Hajusom family: Ricarda Köneke, Michael Lentner, Marek Lamprecht / lighting design; Manuel Horstmann / sound and video design; Uwe Sinkemat / stage; Kirsten Rusche / video technology.