»Kreatur« at Festival d’Avignon


We are excited that »Kreatur« by Sasha Waltz will be presented at the 72nd edition of the Festival d’Avignon in July this year. It will be performed at the Opéra Confluence the 7th through 9th and 12th through 14th July 2018.

Since the founding of the festival for theatre, dance and song 1947 by Jean Vilar, every summer the world of performing arts gathers in Avignon to see the most outstanding productions of the year, to meet, exchange new tendencies and developments in their respective artforms and to discuss with the audience. The Festival d’Avignon is the oldest festival in France and one of the world’s biggest ones. Alongside the official festival program over the years there has developed a growing off-section, in which off-productions are presented parallel to the running time of the festival.

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.

»Kreatur« is the first collaboration of Sasha Waltz with Iris van Herpen, Urs Schönebaum and Soundwalk Collective – all four of them do interdisciplinary work and seek exchange across artistic and academic fields.

The Dutch artist and fashion designer Iris van Herpen combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative digital technologies to produce her visionary art. Her sculptural creations, which are simultaneously organic and technological, sometimes appear to combine with the body like a second skin, at other times cover the body like a suit of armor or a shell. With his light designs,

Urs Schönebaum creates spaces for theater and opera productions, exhibitions, performances and installations around the world for Marina Abramovic, Robert Wilson, Michael Haneke and others.

The international art and music trio Soundwalk Collective (Berlin/New York) combines anthropology, ethnography, psycho-geography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis in their genre-bending sound compositions, for »Kreatur« e.g. from Berghain Berlin and the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. The Collective was currently part of the documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel, their recent work among others features a collaboration Patti Smith in their acclaimed album »Killer Road«. Their new Album »Before Music There Is Blood« featuring Max Loderbauer will be presented in a Record Release Concert on 12 June 2017 at Radialsystem V.

Sasha Waltz
Iris van Herpen
Soundwalk Collective
Urs Schönebaum
Davide Di Pretoro
Jochen Sandig
Liza Alpízar Aguilar
Jirí Bartovanec
Davide Camplani
Clémentine Deluy
Peggy Grelat-Dupont
Hwanhee Hwang
Annapaola Leso
Nicola Mascia
Thusnelda Mercy
Virgis Puodziunas
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Yael Schnell
Corey Scott-Gilbert
Claudia de Serpa Soares

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opéra de Dijon.
Made in Radialsystem V.

 Sasha Waltz
Festival d’Avignon