Sasha Waltz’ choreography »Körper« (2000) celebrated its 200th performance in Berkeley, California during a US-tour of the company in October 2018. Now Sasha Waltz & Guests is bringing the production back to the US performing for the first time at the festival »White Bird« in Portland, Oregon.
White Bird was founded 22 years ago by Walter Jaffe and Paul King, launched as a not-for-profit organization with their 30 year old cockatoo Barney as namesake. White Bird is committed to bringing local, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon and to fostering the growth of dance in the region always working towards making dance accessible to a broad and diverse public. A passionate advocate for dance, White Bird strives to broaden audiences, develop new dance venues, and support both existing and new dance programs.
The performances of »Körper« at White Bird are again part of the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 – a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) –, as was the US tour of Sasha Waltz & Guests in the fall of 2018.
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
10. 11. 12. Oktober 2019
A production of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests, a coproduction with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.