Radialsystem V Berlin
9 June 2017
Iris van Herpen
Davide Di Pretoro
Liza Alpízar Aguilar
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Ahead of the 25th anniversary of her company, Sasha Waltz returns to her roots in her artistic work. She has always sought dialogue with other art forms. In the past ten years, with the development of the choreographic opera, she focused particularly on music. Compositions from the Baroque to the present formed the basis of Sasha Waltz's choreographies; she utilized radically different musical formats, from chamber music to a full orchestra. The theme of strong, mythical female figures runs through her work, which led her to concentrate on rites and rituals, and the relationship between the individual and the group.
»Kreatur« is the first collaboration of Sasha Waltz with Iris van Herpen, Urs Schönebaum and Soundwalk Collective – all four of them do interdisciplinary work and seek exchange across artistic and academic fields. The dutch artist and fashion designer Iris van Herpen combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative digital technologies to produce her visionary art. Her sculptural creations, which are simultaneously organic and technological, sometimes appear to combine with the body like a second skin, at other times cover the body like a suit of armor or a shell. With his light designs, Urs Schönebaum creates spaces for theater and opera productions, exhibitions, performances and installations around the world for Marina Abramovic, Robert Wilson, Michael Haneke and others. The international art and music trio Soundwalk Collective (Berlin/New York) combines anthropology, ethnography, psycho-geography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis in their genre-bending sound compositions, for »Kreatur« e.g. from Berghain Berlin and the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. The Collective is currently part of the documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel, their recent work among others features a collaboration Patti Smith in their acclaimed album »Killer Road«. Their new Album »Before Music There Is Blood« featuring Max Loderbauer will be presented in a Record Release Concert on 12 June 2017 at Radialsystem V.
For »Kreatur« Sasha Waltz with her 14 dancers examines the phenomena of existence against the background of a disrupted society: power and a lack of power, dominance and weakness, freedom and control, community and isolation.
A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opéra de Dijon.
Made in Radialsystem.
Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Hauptstadtkulturfonds.