From April 2nd to 13th 2020 Sasha Waltz & Guests had planned to present a retrospective at the Volksbühne Berlin. Part of the programme would have been Sasha Waltz‘ choreographies »noBody« and »Allee der Kosmonauten« – both are now online on ARTE Concert (receivable worldwide) until Mai 8th 2020.
The Werkschau, which also encompassed an exhibition and film programme as well as performative interventions, would have been kicked off with the revival of Sasha Waltz‘ choreography »noBody« from 2002.
»noBody« completes a choreographic cycle of three pieces about humans and their bodies which Sasha Waltz created in the years around the turn of the millennium. In her piece »Körper«, she investigated the materiality of the human being, relating the dancers‘ bodies to architecture, science and history. »S« searched for the origin of life, explored eros and sensibility. In »noBody« the choreographer and 25 dancers take on the challenge of visualizing the non-material and the idea of the spiritual beyond the body, thus questioning the mystery of human existence and death.
The filmic version of »noBody«, the third and last part of Sasha Waltz‘ famous »Körper«-Trilogy, was produced in 2000 by nachtaktivfilm, commissioned by ZDF/ARTE. In cooperation with Sasha Waltz & Guests ARTE now presents this filmic version on ARTE Concert until May 8th.
Hans Peter Kuhn
World Premiere: Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, 23.02.2002
A production of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with the Festival d’Avignon.
In 1996, the premiere of »Allee der Kosmonauten« was the very first production at the Sophiensaele. Since then, its choreographic approach has become legendary: the events of the piece center on the living room couch of a high-rise apartment in the Berlin suburb of Marzahn. Within this confined space, the feelings and movements of three generations of a Berlin family build up dangerously. The inhabitants bury their feelings in lethargy or abandon themselves to feedback loops caused by cramped living conditions. The choreographic encounter with this anxious space, crowded and colliding, triggers solutions at the limit of danceability. The lack of tenderness gives rise to uncomfortable comedy. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without escape routes.
1998 a filmic version of »Allee der Kosmonauten« was made for ARTE/ZDF directed by Sasha Waltz, which received the Adolf-Grimme-Preis in 2000. In cooperation with ARTE/ZDF this movie is now online on ARTE Concert until May 8th.
Allee der Kosmonauten
World Premiere: Sophiensæle Berlin, 23.09.1996
A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Schauburg, München; Grand Theatre Groningen / NL; Tollhaus, Karlsruhe; Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster; Festival Internacional de Dança, Brasilien; Siemens Kulturprogramm, Berlin / München.
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The filmic version of Sasha Waltz’ choreography »Kreatur« (2017) is now also available on ARTE Concert for 30 days until May 9th 2020. 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. The costumes were designed by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, the sounds were created by New York/Berlin experimental sound collective Soundwalk Collective.
The filmic version of the choreography was directed by Bettina Borgfeld and Jochen Sandig in coproduction with ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, and received its world premiere at the Kino International Berlin in 2018 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, and was broadcast on ARTE/ZDF directly after.
Sasha Waltz & Guests
World Premiere: radialsystem Berlin, 09.06.2017
A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Les Théatres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opéra de Dijon. Made in Radialsystem.