Sasha Waltz’ choreography »Körper« (2000) has successfully been travelling the world for the past 19 years celebrating its 200th performance in Berkeley, USA in October 2018. In May 2019 the piece for the first time will be presented in Singapore in the frame of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (in short: SIFA) is an annual arts festival held in Singapore incorporating performances from theatre arts, dance, music, and visual arts. It started as Singapore Arts Festival in 1977, then organized by the National Arts Council, and remained a biennial event until the year 1999. Today it is organized by Arts Festival Limited for the National Arts Council, current festival director is Gaurav Kripalani. The festival is usually held in mid-year for about one month. Besides presenting the local and diverse art scene, it also invites international artists to introduce and present their work to the Singapore audience.
After presenting Sasha Waltz‘ iconic work »Allee der Kosmonauten« at the Victoria Theatre in 2000, this is only the second visit to Singapore by Sasha Waltz & Guests and the company is very excited to be back after almost 20 years, presenting yet another iconic work: »Körper«.
Sasha Waltz‘ »Körper« with the soundscape of Hans Peter Kuhn through a sober recognition of the body’s materiality tries to understand the fundamental split imposed on us by our physical nature. It interrogates cultural templates for movement, brutal forms of pleasure, enhanced performance and cosmetic improvement: the body regarded as a resource. Why do we treat our fragility with such severity? Why do our accounts of our own bodies always bypass what we actually feel? Naked to the skeleton, to the kidneys, the piece submits the body to an even more radical undressing: the removal of the names which afflict and conceal it at every turn. Twisting and turning the body, taking it down wrong paths, over and over again this choreography begins the work of a genuine making-visible. The body appears as something never before seen.
Hans Peter Kuhn
1 June 2019
International Festival of Arts