Alexandra Rübner was born in 1977 in Warsaw. She is an actress, director and opera singer. Her career started with Baroque theatre, when she became an assistant to Eugène Green, and collaborated with artists such as Vincent Dumestre and Benjamin Lazar and played two roles in the comedy-ballet The Middle-Class Gentleman, presented since 2005 in France and abroad. Her interpretation was considered to be outstanding.
In 2005 she also directed her first spectacle: Athalie by Jean Racine and Jean-Baptiste Moreau. The show, which was very much appreciated by the audiences and the press, returned to the stage in May 2011.
After that, Alexandra Rübner turned towards contemporary theatre. In 2008, she directed Lost Generation for the Swiss Culture Centre in Paris, a fictitious portrait of the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach. In the same year in Trento, she also offered Jean Lorrain’s Contes d’un Buveur d’Ether. Together with Jean-Luc Tamby, she created Contes du temps passé, a selection of stories by Charles Perrault. Her interest in symbolism and decadent literature results in close collaboration with the Gustave Moreau Museum and projects such as: Not so easy to be a Sphinx (Nuit des Musées 2007), Proses pour Des Esseintes (Nuit des Musées 2008), Cadavres Exquis (as part of the Max Ernst Exhibition at Musée d’Orsay.)
In 2010 the artist created Théâtre de la Demeure, which aimed at drawing upon the Baroque aesthetic and opening the way for exploration for the contemporary theatre. The deep need for confronting the world of contemporary poetry was the theme of the next works by Théâtre de la Demeure and the proposition of a triptych titled Melancholia. The project was envisioned to be a theatrical portrait of melancholy in three lyrical forms, three epochs and three distinct visions. After drafting what was supposed to become Le Buveur d’Ether, the team moved on to work on the main part of the triptych: Un Homme qui dort by Georges Perec.