Education & Community

Sasha Waltz & Guests is a publicly funded cultural institution that assumes responsibility for its social environment. Since 2015 the company has continuously developed its focus on »Education & Community«. The support of young artists, the work with the Berlin dance-scene and socio-political commitment are three pillars of this work. The guiding ideas of the programmes are cosmopolitanism and a diverse and cross-generational community: currently, these include »Dabke Community Dancing« in Radialsystem, »Tempelhof Community Dancing« in cooperation with Berlin Mondiale / Cabuwazi and the long-term accompaniment of artists in exile. The »Open Studio« as a place for interdisciplinary artistic improvisation as well as open professional and amateur workshops in Berlin and abroad are also part of the activities. The »Kindertanzcompany«, founded in 2007, currently comprises four groups, regularly shows its work and continues to grow.

The aim of the work of Sasha Waltz & Guests / Education & Community is to bring the transdisciplinary knowledge of the company to bear in an even broader and more versatile way and thus to contribute to an open, empathetic and liberal society.

Children's Dance Company at radialsystem

A playful way of practicing movement and dance is the starting point of the work of the Kindertanzcompany, the childrens’ dance group of Sasha Waltz & Guests, located at radialsystem in Berlin. It consists of four different groups (5 to 7 years, 7 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years and 13 to 17 years), in which every young dancer gets individual support.

The children's dance company dates back to an initiative of Sasha Waltz, Hanna Hegenscheidt and Livia Patrizi. In 2007 they converted a children group from the initiative »TanzZeit – Zeit für Tanz in Schulen« which had existed since 2005/06, into the Kindertanzcompany, in which the children could regularly train and develop. While the Kindertanzcompany keeps playful approaches to dance at its core, children and teenagers are encouraged to explore physical movement on a regular basis and keep evolving their talent. In regular training sessions under the guidance of Davide Camplani, Gabriel Galindez Cruz and other experienced dancers of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests, the young dancers explore their own repertoire in physical movement as well as the interaction with one another in dance. In addition they are offered intensive workshops with guest trainers (such as Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and Royston Maldoom in 2018). The »Kindertanzcompany« further supports exchange with other groups of young dancers – such as the JugendTanzCompany of the Piccolo Theater in Cottbus – and seeks to do so increasingly in the future. Not least, the dancers of the Kindertanzcompany are trained in acting on stage and interacting with an audience, as they are encouraged to regularly develop and present their own stage pieces. Those are presented in annual extensive showing events at radialsystem.

Thus in 2009, the piece »Der Kleine Mann«, dealing with lifelong dreams, was created under the direction of Gabriel Galindez Cruz. In 2010, the kids dealt with the topic »Monster«, which they had chosen themselves. In 2012, a number of the young dancers participated in the project »MusicTANZ – Carmen«, involving over 100 kids from Berlin schools, choreographed by Sasha Waltz and with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. Often the kids’ pieces are developed in collaboration with musicians who perform live during the stagings. Thus in the production »The Wild Things« (2013) the dancing was accompanied by a chamber orchestra of four musicians who performed contemporary compositions by the japanese composer Hideki Kozura. In 2014/15 the childrens’ group developed a structured improvisation in which they collaborated with the band »Bukahara«. This project lead up to the piece »Feuerblume«, which was not only chosen for the »Tanztreffen der Jugend« (kids’ dance convention) in 2015, but also toured Oslo on the occasion of the International Conference of Teaching Artists in 2016. Also in 2016, the Kindertanzcompany created the piece »Märchensonate«, a creative reinterpretation of the fairy tales by the Brother’s Grimm, accompanied by sonatas by Claude Debussy, performed live by a string quartet and pianist. Throughout the last years the teens group – a part of which has danced and worked together for over ten years – has increasingly turned towards critical topics: with »genau so, aber anders« (2016/17) they presented their critical view of society, whilst reflecting on their role in it as teenagers. In 2017 they performed a piece based on poems by young refugees from Afghanistan as part of the Sasha Waltz & Guests project »ZUHÖREN – dritter Raum für Kunst und Politik«. In their latest piece of 2018 the teens group dealt with climate change and climate justice.

Groups and contact

KiCo 1, Group 5 to 7 years old

led by Davide Camplani, Mata Sakka, Andreas Kern
The children's dance group for younger children imparts first dancing experiences and pleasure at the movements of one's own body. In small groups, the children develop a basic and playful repertoire of movements. They meet Sasha Waltz & Guests dancers Davide Camplani and Mata Sakka and the concert pianist Andreas Kern twice a month for two-hours long intensive-workshops.
Dates: 2 x month, 2 hours

KiCo 2, Group 7 to 10 years old
led by Davide Camplani, Alessandra Defazio, Annapaola Leso
Through improvisations and group games once a week, the children continue developing an individual repertoire of movement and expression.
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

KiCo 3 / Kids, Group 10 to 13 years old
led by: Gabriel Galindez Cruz
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

KiCo 4 / Teens, Group 13 to 17 years old
led by: Gabriel Galindez Cruz
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

Admission: depending on available places / through email: eguerin@sashawaltz.de

Fee: 120 EUR per 6 months (no classes during school and public holidays)

Location: radialsystem, Studio A

Contact
Émilie Guérin
Education & Community
Project Management Children’s Dance Company
Tel: +49 (0) 30 24 62 80 26
eguerin@sashawaltz.de

Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH
Sophienstr. 3
D-10178 Berlin
www.sashawaltz.de

Workshop Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacias / 15 – 18 July 2019, radialsystem Berlin

The workshop explores the relationship of the body thinking, the body processing, the body making, and the body performing. Does curiosity and examination of our own process produce knowledge? Using simple exercises, hands on work and improvisational scores we will approach our bodies as places of inquiry where we can examine our movement patterns and interests and open ourselves to the possibility of change. This physical research will be inspired and influenced by several somatic techniques.

Workshop Fee for the 4 days: 160 Euro
Registration per email + CV to Emilie Guerin: eguerin@sashawaltz.de

Workshop Blenard Azizaj / »Double Impact« / 8 - 11 July 2019 radialsystem, Berlin

Inspired by the participation to the workshop of 5 young acrobats from the great Cambodian circus school »Phare Ponleu Selpak« (www.phareps.org), Blenard Azizaj will
focus on a strong physicality, aiming for the maximum of the dancers' potential. Blenard’s teaching deals with the transformation of movement and the building of deep dance
vocabularies that derive from a conscious stepping out of our comfort zones. The parameters dynamics, sharpness and speed are therefore our main concern. In this way,
the work aims to unveil and bring forward those unique features of our dancing personalities, which often remain deeply hidden.

»Double Impact«
Workshop by Blenard Azizaj
8 - 11 July 2019
10:00 - 14:00 h
Studio A
radialsystem
Fee: 140 Euro
Registration via eMail: eguerin@sashawaltz.de

Current productions

Showing 2018
TANZ
Check out your mate
Teqsi muyu marq’ay – Eine warme Umarmung für die Erde

This year’s performances of the Kindertanzcompany of Sasha Waltz & Guests spans playful improvisation as well as abstract choreography and the transmission of a profound research project into the language of dance. After the performances of the kids, the teens group, guided by their trainer Gabriel Galindez Cruz, will express the results of their extensive research into climate change and climate justice in dance.

Training, choreography and direction:
Davide Camplani and Gabriel Galindez Cruz

Workshop Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola / 15.-19. April 2019 / radialsystem

Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, long term dancer of Sasha Waltz & Guests, comes back this year to propose a new workshop in our rehearsal studio.
Each day of the workshop will be divided in two parts. For the first one, we focus on technique: the elements of
bodyweight, momentum and speed, efficiency and economy of effort are approached through exercises that
propose a very close relationship to the floor, as well as an understanding of the body’s anatomy and of the physical
forces that create, influence and manipulate the body’s motion. The class is structured in exercises that develop in
technical difficulty (body coordination, spatial awareness).
The second half is invested in creating, analyzing and choreographing physical material. The meaning of movement
is questioned, while the participants look for a personal physical vocabulary, and are encouraged to challenge their
own movement patterns and habits through the use of improvisation as well as through personal research, in
directed exercises with concrete tasks and goals. Improvisation is used as a tool to create a choreographic
vocabulary and language, as well as to research and expand all the body’s potential as an instrument and a tool of
expression. The work will be individual, in couples, and as a group.

15.-19. April 2019
10:00-16:00
@ Studio A (5th floor), radialsystem (Holzmarktstrasse 33, 10243 Berlin)
Language: English
Total fee for the week : 180 Euro
Registration by mail to Emilie Guérin : eguerin@sashawaltz.de (Please send your CV)

Workshop Maria Marta Colusi / "From Repertoire toward Improvisation" / 10.-12. April 2019 / radialsystem

The workshop is targeted at experienced dancers and performers who are interested in a deep meeting with the language of Sasha Waltz's Repertoire.
The workshop is divided in three parts:
The first part is a warm-up based on alignment, breath and join articulation, it facilitates efficiency and fluidity in the movement, exercising weight, momentum and coordination through sequences.
The second part is based in improvisation as practice to explore and understand about where ideas, meanings and impetus of the repertoire are coming from.The work will be individual, in couples and as a group.
The last part is about learning the repertoire material that later will be the trigger to create new material in an improvisational frame.

10.-12. April 2019
10:00 - 14:00
@ Studio A (5th floor), radialsystem (Holzmarktstrasse 33, 10243 Berlin)
Language: English
Fee: 130 Euro
For registration, please send an email with your CV to : mariacolusi@hotmail.com

Masterclasses and Showing Appstage dance students (AlmaDanza, Bologna)/ 19 & 20 January 2019

Sasha Waltz & Guests/Education & Community welcomes the contemporary dance students of the Appstage professional program at AlmaDanza (Bologna) for an education weekend in our Studio @Radialsystem: On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January at 7 pm the students will show a triple bill evening with works created for them by Luc Dunberry, Elisa Pagani, Michal Mualem & Giannalberto di Filippis. (free entrance/ Studio A).
In the mornings the guest choreographers will offer a series of masterclasses open to all interested dance students & performers in Berlin:
19 January 10-12 am masterclass with Luc Dunberry
20 January 10-12 am masterclass with Elisa Pagani
20 January 12 am – 2 pm masterclass with Michal Mualem & Giannalberto di Filippis

10 Euro per masterclass // 20 Euro for all 3 masterclasses
For more information & registration, please write directly to app@almadanza.it

Past productions

2017
Märchensonaten (restaged)
Genau so, aber anders (restaged)
Poetry Project (during ZUHÖREN-Third Space for Art and Politics)

2016
Märchensonaten
Genau so, aber anders

2015
Feuerblume

2013/14
The Wild Things

2009/10/11/12
Davon
Monster
Der Kleine Mann

Dabke Community Dancing

In response to the enthusiastic reception of „Dabke Community Dancing“ by the audience of „ZUHÖREN – a third space for arts and politics“ 2017, Sasha Waltz & Guests is now offering this workshop with Medhat Aldaabal (dance) and Ali Hasan (live percussion) on a regular basis. Dabke, a traditional circle dance, is very popular in the Middle East where many variations of it are practiced. For the two Syrian artists Aldaabal and Hasan it connects their own history and excitement about Berlin with an open, cross-generational audience.

The workshop is taking place in Studio A of Sasha Waltz & Guests at radialsystem (5th floor) and is open to participants of all ages. No dance background knowledge is required – the joy of collective movement is all it takes. Admission is free.

Workshop Leader
Medhat Aldaabal (dance)
Ali Hasan (live music)

Technical Management
Giorgio de Santis

Information & archive

Almost every month, the project »OPEN STUDIO« by Sasha Waltz & Guests invites artists of all disciplines into the Studio at radialsystem in Berlin for a collective session of free improvisation (2 hours). Artists from Berlin and beyond, experienced or developing, from the creative disciplines of dance, music, visual art, drama, singing, philosophy, etc. can join in an open process without registration and at any point of time. »OPEN STUDIO« is a meeting place – it provides a free environment for an inclusive creative practice, for the exchange of all different forms of artistic knowledge, for collective research and creation and the exploration of new perspectives.

http://www.openstudio-archive.de/

Women for Common Spaces

The aim of the initiative »Women for Common Spaces« is to build up a network of confident, informed, qualified and engaged Arabic speaking exiled women, with a focus on respect for people’s cultural and social identity. Getting knowledge about politics and law in Germany, and fight any form of violence and radicalization in exiled communities, are essential goals of the project.
The work of the initiative is thought as an active contribution against every form of violence and radicalisation in exile communities. In the first instant women in Arabic speaking workshops will be given support in naming challenges and activities with local guest and partner organisations contribute to a new knowledge. Through a common space of listening, a room of free expression, in which women could come, articulate, communicate and help each other in finding solutions, women should be given a voice.

Upcoming dates

Monday, 24th June 2019, 19:30 – 21:30 h
@ Studio A, radialsystem, Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin

Registration is not necessary, and people can drop in and out throughout the evening. The improvisation will start at 19:00h, from 18:30h the doors are open for warm-up and set-up (mixer and sound system in the studio).

Past workshops

2018
Michal Mualem
SHARE - dance intensive
David Zambrano
Julyen Hamilton
Idan Yoav
Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacias
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Maria Marta Colusi

2017
Charlotte Zerbey
Florencia Lamarca
Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacias
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Judith Sánchez Ruíz
Maria Marta Colusi

2016
Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacías
Julyen Hamilton
Maria Marta Colusi & Jiri Bartovanec
Yoshiko Chuma

2015
Charlotte Zerbey
David Zambrano
Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacías
Julyen Hamilton
Susan Klein
Yoshiko Chuma

...

»ZUHÖREN 3 - Dritter Raum für Kunst und Politik« November 2017

Sasha Waltz & Guests are taking »ZUHÖREN« forward: the third edition will take place between November 24 and 26 2017 at radialsystem. Once again, »ZUHÖREN« will open up a space at the intersection of art and politics, private and public combining a program of films, dance, concerts, workshops, audiovisual installations, shared meals and conversations intended to bring about inspirational exchanges. The company will present artists and activists from the Middle East, the United States, Brazil and Berlin, whose work presents forms of artistic resistance, contributing in unique ways to the creation and strengthening of new, diverse communities: with the artists Hiwa K and Rick Lowe, choreographers Lia Rodrigues and Modjgan Hashemian, #NDAPL-activist Floris White Bull, the documentary filmmakers Carol Mansour and Muna Khalidi and the curator of the ifa-Galerie Berlin Alya Sebti. Also participating are the Berlin-based initiatives »Baynetna – Between Us, German-Arabic Library«, »Women for Common Spaces«, »The Space Berlin e.V.« and »The Poetry Project«.
Key themes throughout this edition of »ZUHÖREN« are women’s political and creative engagement for future generations, and peaceful struggle in new alliances. These themes are taken up in the conversations and presentations, but also appear in the dance and music events.

Only by listening does what is specifically individual step back and open up to a new theme, a new thought, a new world. Listening implies a readiness to engage with another’s thoughts, interpretations and perspectives. In an era when a fragmented public sphere encourages people to propagate their own convictions as loudly and uninhibitedly as possible, simply listening is already almost a subversive act. Shared experience of concentration – rather than individual experience – has also become rare, as the common experience of a common world erodes and its conditions and possibilities are undermined.
Carolin Emcke, Süddeutsche Zeitung 2016

»ZUHÖREN 2 - Dritter Raum für Kunst und Politik« Improvisationen Gespräche

»ZUHÖREN – Dritter Raum für Kunst und Politik« Continu Gespräche

With »ZUHÖREN«, Sasha Waltz & Guests opens up a »third dimension« for art, culture and journalism from February 3-9. The program starts out from the expressive dance piece »Continu« (2010), which is about violence, the individual and the group. In view of the current situation concerning the need for asylum and civil society engagement, Sasha Waltz will host encounters and conversations with various notable persons. What artistic strategies do we have at our disposal to exert political influence? Exemplary projects from Berlin present their work.