The composer and director Ruedi Häusermann was born in 1948 in Lenzburg, Switzerland. He studied economic sciences and music. From early on he was interested in jazz and free improvisation. Häusermann has directed productions at, among others, Volksbühne Berlin; Theater Basel; Theater Neumarkt in Zurich; Schauspielhaus Zürich; Burgtheater Wien; Munich Opera Festival; and Festspiele Zürich. Over the years Häusermann has developed his own music theater language, for which he has received several awards, most recently the Art Award of the City of Zurich (2011). In his evening performances, which are preceded by long phases of composition and exploration of themes, he examines the potentiality of theater and music mutually opening up new realms. During this he focuses his attention on detail, and a poetic, ambiguous microcosm is created.