Sasha Waltz & Guests

  1. Passion
    Oper by Pascal Dusapin
    Libretto by Pascal Dusapin / Rita de Letteriis
    Choreography by Sasha Waltz

    Following on from "Dido & Aeneas" (2005), "Medea" and "Roméo et Juliette" (2007) Sasha Waltz is with »Passion" again developing a choreographic opera. Like »Medea« a contemporary composition by Frenchman Pascal Dusapin serves as the fundament. The nucleus of Sasha Waltz’s choreography is the solo singers Barbara Hannigan and Georg Nigl, complemented figuratively by a small group of dancers.

    Pascal Dusapin's "Passion" is a musical engagement with the Orpheus myth. Claudio Monteverdi's operatic setting is for Dusapin at centre. For the most part he relates the myth through Eurydice's eyes.

    Dramaturgically the myth describes the treatment. The staging and lighting indicate the boundaries between worlds. In course of the performance the players on stage, pass through various membranes separating the world of the living »Reality« from the hidden world, the »Underworld«.

    The title role is sung by the magnificent Barbara Hannigan, her partner being her peer Georg Nigl. The Vocalconsort Berlin constitutes the chorus, while Ensemble Modern under direction of Franck Ollu with whom Compagnie Sasha Waltz & Guests realised Wolfgang Rihm's »Jagden und Formen« provides the music. The libretto is in Italian.

    World Premiere
    6th of October, 2010

    Sasha Waltz

    Musical Direction
    Franck Ollu

    Hussein Chalayan

    Thilo Reuther
    Sasha Waltz

    Light design
    Thilo Reuther

    Electroacoustic Device
    Thierry Coduys

    Ilka Seifert

    Vocal Soloists
    Barbara Hannigan
    Georg Nigl

    Sasha Waltz & Guests
    Edivaldo Ernesto
    Virgis Puodziunas
    Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
    Yael Schnell
    Xuan Shi
    Niannian Zhou

    Vokalensemble (Gli Altri)
    Vocalconsort Berlin
    Ensemble Modern

    A Production of Théâtre des Champs- Élysées and Sasha Waltz & Guests in Coproduction with Opéra de Lille.
    Made in Radialsystem®

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    Sasha Waltz has consolidated her two major projects for museums to create the full-length choreography »Continu«. In 2009 the choreographer devised the artistic inaugurations for David Chipperfield's Neue Museum Berlin and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome. Sasha Waltz is developing together with 24 dancers a large-sized, archaic group choreography on the base of Edgar Varèse’s great work for orchestra »Arcana«. »Continu« exhibits attention between choreographic and pictorial elements, coalescing a essential characteristics of Sasha Waltz’s work in a new way.

    Sasha Waltz

    Bernd Skodzig

    Thomas Schenk
    Pia Maier Schriever
    Sasha Waltz

    Martin Hauk

    Yoreme Waltz
    Jochen Sandig

    Dance, Creation
    Sasha Waltz & Guests

    A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction mit Schauspielhaus Zürich/Zürcher Festspiele, spielzeit’europa|Berliner Festspiele and Sadler’s Wells London. Supported by Radial Stiftung.
    Made in Radialsystem®.

    Karsten Liske

    Trailer by Stephan Talneau

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  3. This special version of Dido & Aeneas was created by Sasha Waltz and Italian conductor Attilio Cremonesi, recreating Purcell's original idea of a stage work combining music and dance. Together they replaced the lost music of the prologue for the opera with different music by Purcell and added several dances by Purcell to augment the piece which now lasts 100 minutes. In the prologue the dancers of the company swim in a huge full with water aquarium situated center stage.
    The production enjoyed rave reviews from opera and dance critics all over the world.

    Opera in three acts and one prologue
    Text by Nahum Tate
    after the 4th chant by Aeneis by Vergil
    Music by Henry Purcell
    Choreography by Sasha Waltz

    Sasha Waltz

    Musical direction
    Attilio Cremonesi

    Set design
    Thomas Schenk
    Sasha Waltz

    Christine Birkle

    Thilo Reuther

    Aurore Ugolin (Song)
    Clémentine Deluy (Dance)
    Michal Mualem (Dance)

    Reuben Willcox (Song)
    Virgis Puodziunas (Dance)

    Luc Dunberry (Dance)
    Manuel Alfonso Pérez Torres (Dance)

    Deborah York (Song)
    Sasa Queliz (Dance)

    Second Woman
    Céline Ricci (Song)
    Maria Marta Colusi (Dance)

    Charlotte Engelkes (Dance)

    Fabrice Mantegna (Song)
    Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola (Dance)
    Xuan Shi (Dance)

    First witch
    A sailor
    Eberhard Francesco Lorenz (Song)
    Takako Suzuki (Dance)

    Second witch
    A spirit
    Michael Bennett (Song)
    Jirí Bartovanec (Dance)

    László Sandig (Dance)

    Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
    Vocalconsort Berlin
    Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in co-production with Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Opéra National de Montpellier. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

    Film Director: Peter Schönhofer
    Film Production by ZDF and ARTE

    Trailer by Stephan Talneau

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  4. noBody
    Sasha Waltz

    World premiere
    23 February 2002, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin.

    »noBody« completed the three-piece choreographic cycle about humans and their bodies which Sasha Waltz has been working on since 1999. In her piece »Körper« she investigated the anatomy and the physical appearance of the human being, relating her dancers' bodies to architecture, science, and history. »S« searched for the origin of life, of Eros, and of sensibility. »noBody« asked about the metaphysical existence of humanity. It addressed the absence of the body, and it confronted us with feelings aroused by our realisation of being mortal. What does being human mean beyond having a body? Which part of us is immortal?
    In »noBody«, the choreographer, accompanied by 25 dancers, faced the challenge of rendering the non-physical visible through the physical body itself. »noBody« was co-produced by the Festival d'Avignon. In July 2002, the piece was performed eight times at Cour d'Honneur, Pope Palace. Its unique historical setting, together with the Mendelsohnian architecture of the Schaubühne, greatly influenced the development of this production.

    Direction / Choreography: Sasha Waltz
    Music: Hans Peter Kuhn
    Stage design: Thomas Schenk, Sasha Waltz
    Costumes: Bernd Skodzig
    Light: Martin Hauk
    Dance / Choreography: Mikel Aristegui, Jirí Bartovanec, Rita Aozane Bilibio, Hsuan Cheng, Clémentine Deluy, Lisa Densem, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Andreas Ebbert-Scholl, Su-Mi Jang, Hans-Werner Klohe, Nicola Mascia, Thusnelda Mercy, Grayson Millwood, Michal Mualem, Joaquin NaBi Olsson, Sasa Queliz, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Laura Siegmund, Norbert Steinwarz, Takako Suzuki, Mohan Thomas, Junko Wada, Laurie Young, Matan Zamir, Sigal Zouk-Harder

    A production of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests in co-production with the Festival d’Avignon.

    A Film By Sasha Waltz

    Brigitte Kramer

    Jörg Jeshel, Hans Rombach

    © nachtaktivfilm and SW&G

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    Ein Film von
    Sasha Waltz

    Mitarbeit Regie
    Brigitte Kramer
    Jörg Jeshel

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    Hans Rombach bvk

    Brigitte Kramer

    Stéphan Talneau

    Sasha Waltz & Guests
    Vocalconsort Berlin

    Bernd Skodzig

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Sasha Waltz & Guests

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International dance company based in Berlin: 150 artists from 25 lands as »Guests«, active repertoire comprises 16 choreographies of Sasha Waltz

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