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Sasha Waltz & Guests

The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers – from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions, »Dialoge« projects and films. Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing parts of its current repertoire of 20 pieces in about 70 performances around the globe each year. In Berlin, the company cooperates with a wide range of institutions such as municipal theatres, opera houses and museums and has contributed to the establishing of innovative production sites for artistic dialogue such as Sophiensaele (1997) and Radialsystem V, Space for Arts & Ideas (2006). 2013 the company has been named »European Cultural Ambassador« by the European Union. In 2014 Sasha Waltz & Guests was awarded the »george tabori ehrenpreis« by the Fonds Darstellende Künste.

In 2018 the company Sasha Waltz & Guests is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The prelude to this special year will be the restaging of their repertoire such as »Allee der Kosmonauten« (1996) in Berlin as well as abroad. Around the anniversary date in September the company is going to premier a new production and present various other performances at Berlin venues with which Sasha Walz & Guests share long-standing partnerships: Radialsystem V, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Sasha Waltz & Guests are working towards new productions for 2019 and beyond. Besides the artistic direction of her own company, Sasha Waltz is going to take over the artistic direction of the Berlin State Ballet in 2019 together with co-director Johannes Öhman. Apart from her leading role in Berlin stagings and international guest performances, Sasha Waltz has been increasingly committed to educational and social projects. In 2007 she founded the Children's Dance Company (»Kindertanzcompany«) in Berlin and in 2016 the interdisciplinary and open exchange platform »ZUHÖREN« which serves as a »third space for art and politics«. Alongside these initiatives, Sasha Walz continues to propose diverse offers for professional dancers.

Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Capital Cultural Fund.

Sasha Waltz (CV)

Sasha Waltz is a choreographer, dancer and director. After her first studies at the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam she joined the postmodern oriented New York City dance scene that worked in close exchange with the other arts. In 1986 and 1987 she danced in the New York based companies of Pooh Kaye, Yoshiko Chumo & School of Hard Knocks and Lisa Kraus & Dancers. Driven by the spirit of that scene, she developed the improvisational format »Dialoge« in the early 1990s in Berlin. She chose the young German capital as the center of her activities where she practiced new choreographic approaches in self-developed infrastructures. Together with Jochen Sandig she founded the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1993 and in 1996 the Sophiensaele as a venue for dance and more, nowadays a center of the independent dance and theatre scene not only in Germany. From 2000-2005 she was one of the directors of the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz. During this first decade in Berlin she created internationally renown and influencial dance pieces such as the trilogies »Travelogue« and »Körper« as well as the immersive dance installation »insideout«.
In the following years she applied the language and strategies of contemporary dance to vitalize and explore historical and new operas and ballets. With »Dido & Aeneas« (2005), »Medea« (2007) and »Matsukaze« (2011) she realized three pieces about women and at the same time established the genre of the choreographic opera. In 2007 she directed »Romeo et Juliette«, interpreting the dramatic symphony of Berliosz, for the Opéra National de Paris. From this followed »Sacre« in 2013 set to the Music of Strawinsky commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and in 2014 »Tannhäuser« at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Simultaneously Sasha Waltz has been pursuing the sharing and teaching of dance knowledge and promoting dance as a medium of social and sociopolitical communication. As part of this endeavor, she founded the Berlin based »Kindertanzcompany« (Children's Dance Company) in 2007 and, following an invitation from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, developed a choreography with over 100 pupils to dance Schtschedrin's Camen-Suite. In 2016 she founded the event format »ZUHÖREN« with which she opened a »third space«“ for art and politics. She expanded the »Dialoge«-concept to incorporate danced responses to architecture wherein the audience is invited to act as an equal part of the choreographic happening. Examples of this are »Dialoge 09« performed in the still vacant interior of the Neues Museum in Berlin after the renovation by David Chipperfield (2009) and the choreographic installation »Figure humaine« for the inauguration of the Hamburg Elphilharmonie (2017).
In her present choreographic work, Waltz is focusing on the intensification of collaborative processes, such as the synchronic development of choerography and music. In collaboration with Soundwalk Collective and the costume designer Iris van Herpen (among others) she created her latest piece »Kreatur« which premiered in 2017 at the Radialsystem V in Berlin. In parallel with the artistic direction of her dance company for which she creates pieces on a regular basis, Sasha Waltz will take over the direction of the Berlin State Ballet in 2019 together with co-director Johannes Öhmann.

For her special services Sasha Waltz was granted the German Federal Cross of Merit. Since 2013 she is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin.

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Kindertanzcompany Berlin

The Children's Dance Company dates back to an initiative of Sasha Waltz, Hanna Hegenscheidt and Livia Patrizi. In 2007 they converted a movement group from the initiative »Dancing Time - Time for dancing in schools«, which had existed since 2005/06, into the Company, in which the children could train their movements and develop their talent once a week.
In the meanwhile the Company Sasha Waltz & Guests now has four offspring dancing groups (5-7 years old, 7-10 years old, 10-12 years old, 12-15 years old). A playful engagement with dance occupies centre stage. Led by dancers from the entourage of the Company, the children and teenagers explore both themselves and others through movement, In the past years they have been working on several little pieces within the groups and sometimes present their work in showings at the Radialsystem V.

In 2009, the children worked on the piece »Der kleine Mann« (»The Small Man«), which was about their own life dreams, and in 2010 they worked on a theme they had chosen themselves, »Monster«. During the developing of the pieces live musicians are often also present, as they are in the actual production »The Wild Things«: The dance is accompanied by a four-person chamber orchestra, playing the contemporary compositions of the Japanese composer Hideki Kozadura.

Children's dancing 1, Group 5 to 7 years old

(led by Davide Camplani, Mata Sakka, Andreas Kern)

The children's dancing 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. The Ensemble dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests, Davide Camplani und Mata Sakka, together with the concert pianist Andreas Kern, organise a monthly three hour long intensive-workshop.

Children's dancing 2, Group 7 to 10 years old
(led by Davide Camplani, Alessandra Defazio, Annapaola Leso)

The group meets once a week for an intensive workshop of movement and game. Through improvisations and group games the children develop an individual repertoire of movement and expression.
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

Children's dancing 3 / Teens, Group 10 to 12 years old
(led by: Gabriel Galindez Cruz)
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

Children's dancing 4 / Teens, Group 12 bis 15 years old
(led by: Gabriel Galindez Cruz)
Dates: 1 x week, 1,5 hours

Admission: depending on available places, available places are announced on www.sashawaltz.de

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

Location: RADIALSYSTEM V, Studio A

Contact
Émilie Guérin
Project Management Children’s Dance Company / Administration
Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH
Sophienstr. 3
D-10178 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30 24 62 80 27
eguerin@sashawaltz.de
www.sashawaltz.de

Gabriel Galindez Cruz was born in 1977 in Cali, Colombia. He studied Dance at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d'Angers, France, and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, Germany. Gabriel has danced among others in pieces of Dominique Dupuy, Alvaro Restrepo, Carmen Werner, Dieter Heitkamp, Toula Limnaios, and Wilhelm Groener. He was awared in Jeunes Talents Cirque Europa 2008 with the contemporary circus company AIUAIO. Together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabriel is performing the piece »4 Elemente – 4 Jahreszeiten" von Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola. Gabriel has signed several short pieces. His last creations »Marca«,»Solo« and »Duo« were presented in March 2008 at the Dock 11 Berlin and in november 2008 an the Insoliti Festival in Turin, Italy. Since 2005 he dances in differents projects and pieces by Sasha Waltz & Guests. He can be seen among others in »Gezeiten«, »Medea«, »Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)«, »Continu« and »Métamorphoses« by Sasha Waltz. Since November 2007 he manage the »Kindertanzcompany« of Sasha Waltz & Guests at the Radialsystem V Berlin. He also participated in the 2012 dance project »MusicTANZ - Carmen« within the education project of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he took part in the choreographical and pedagogical realization of the project with over 100 pupils. In 2014 he took part in the new production of »Tannhäuser« by Sasha Waltz and Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin. In December 2014 together with Anne Giseke he realized the dance project »Die Brüder Grimm bitten zum Tanz!«, a collaboration with Chance Tanz at the Mach mit!-Museum for children in Berlin. From 2009 - 2010 Gabriel was part of the dance company of the Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland under the direction of Marco Santi. As a dance teacher he has worked in Colombia (Berkana Danza and Danza Común), Mexico (Bruja danza), Italy (Espacio Lyria), Frankfurt (Tanzszene) and Berlin (Dock 11, Tanzfabrik and Marameo).

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Körper

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Continu

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Jochen Sandig (CV)

Jochen Sandig was born in Esslingen, Germany. In 1990 he moved to Berlin to study psychology and philosophy. Following the founding of the Tacheles Art Centre in 1990, in 1993, together with Sasha Waltz, he founded Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 1996 he co-founded Sophiensaele, an independent venue for dance and theatre productions in Berlin-Mitte, which he directed until 1999. From 2000 to 2004 Jochen Sandig was a member of the artistic direction as well as a dramaturge at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Since 2004 he has been the director of the independent Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH. In 2006, together with Folkert Uhde, Jochen Sandig founded Radialsystem V. In 2010 he was awarded the french cultural order »Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres«. In February 2012 he celebrated his first direction work with »human requiem«, a staging of Johannes Brahms' »Ein Deutsches Requiem« in cooperation with the Rundfunkchor in Berlin and Simon Halsey. Since its premiere the production travelled to Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Granada, Rotterdam, Athens, Hong-Kong and New York. The production was awarded with the »Classical Next Innovation Award 2016«. In 2019, Jochen Sandig will become executive director of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.


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Dialoge

The interdisciplinary projects »Dialogues« are important and powerful creative fields for Sasha Waltz ́ work. The short but very intensive encounters between musicians, artists, dancers and choreographers take place in very specific places as the Sophiensæle Berlin, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Mendelsohnbau at the Lehniner Platz Berlin, a medieval monastery in Montpellier, the Opera in Bordeaux, the St. Elisabeth church in Berlin or the „skeleton“ of the Palast der Republik in Berlin. The architecture is an important protagonist itself. The dialogue is happening on different mulitfaceted levels with the main focus on the free spirit of improvisation and the pure delight of experimentation.

»For me, the most important thing regarding the »Dialogue«-projects, is the experience of so many different forms and worlds in dance and music. I am interested in the biggest possible freedom of art and not in any limitation in form and content. Contradictory actions should persist side by side. Artists, who don ́t inevitably meet each other, should encounter. The more their artistic visions are far away from mine, the more possible it is to create a real dialogue between the artists and to widen the spectators view. Neither dance nor music are arranged before, it is about the condition of being on the way, of being in permanent transition.«
Sasha Waltz

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The Development of the Choreographic Opera
Sasha Waltz focuses on combining different genres and on promoting dialogue between the various disciplines and arts in her works. This approach led to the creation of projects such as »Dialoge '99« in the Jewish Museum Berlin, »Dialoge 17-25/4« at the Mendelsohn-Bau at Lehniner Platz, Berlin, and the choreographic installation »insideout«.

Sasha Waltz first turned to classical music with »Impromptus«, a Schubert adaptation, which premiered in 2004. This marked the beginning of a new phase of her oeuvre; the logical next step was to stage an opera. Her 2005 project »Dido & Aeneas« (music: Henry Purcell) focused on the choreographic production and on expanding the possibilities of musical theater with the help of theatrical approaches to dance – a new kind of fusion of dance, song and music in opera. The soloists and choir members formed part of an overall choreography which dissociated them from their original functions. Sasha Waltz continued her work on choreographic operas in 2007 with a second opera, »Medea«, with Pascal Dusapin's music and Heiner Müller's libretto, and Hector Berlioz's dramatic symphony »Roméo et Juliette« for the Paris Opera.

»Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)« by Wolfgang Rihm in collaboration with the Ensemble Modern, which premiered in Frankfurt in 2008, marked a further stage in Sasha Waltz's development of contemporary concert forms, together with the choreographic operas »Passion« in 2010 (music: Pascal Dusapin) and »Matsukaze« (2011) with music by the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. Sasha Waltz created the choreographic concert »gefaltet« for eight dancers and four musicians in 2012 in collaboration with the French composer Mark Andre. The instrumental soloists were involved in the creation of the piece, which gave yet another new dimension to the interaction of dance and music in »gefaltet«.

Sasha Waltz presented her most recent choreographic opera, »Orfeo«, with music by Claudio Monteverdi in 2014. »Orfeo« combines various strands of her work to date; following her work on the myth of Orpheus in »Passion«, the chamber opera by Pascal Dusapin, Sasha Waltz returns to its Baroque origins and incorporates the choir and the soloists into the movements, as well as the dancers into the musical events. Sasha Waltz's cross-genre work thus succeeds in fusing music and dance in a radically new manner.