»Sacre« at Festspielhaus St. Pölten

»Sacre« by Sasha Waltz is touring for the sixth time in 2016. After performances in Berlin, Madrid, Pamplona, San Sebastian and Hannover the Compagnie is traveling to St. Pölten. The 24. of September the evening in 3 parts is staged at Festpielhaus St. Pölten!

Sasha Waltz
An evening in three parts
Festspielhaus St.Pölten
24. September 2016
Tickets: http://goo.gl/uunxUL

»L’Après-midi d’un faune«
Choreography Sasha Waltz
Music Claude Debussy
»Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune«

These nymphs, I would perpetuate them.
So bright
Their crimson flesh that hovers there, light
In the air drowsy with dense slumbers.
Did I love a dream?
My doubt, mass of ancient night, ends extreme
In many a subtle branch, that remaining the true
Woods themselves, proves, alas, that I too
Offered myself, alone, as triumph, the false ideal of roses.
Let’s see…. (…)
Stephane Mallarmé


»Scène d’Amour«
Choreography Sasha Waltz
from »Roméo et Juliette«
Music Hector Berlioz


Choreography Sasha Waltz
Music Igor Stravinsky
»Le Sacre du printemps«

About »Sacre« by Sasha Waltz

Considered one of the key works of modernism, it is a hundred years after the genesis of Igor Stravinsky’s »Le Sacre du Printemps« that Sasha Waltz takes on the Mariinsky Theatre’s offer to engage with this extraordinary piece of musical and dance history. Its title translates to »The Rite of Spring«. The strikingly archaic, tension-charged and angular composition is characterised by a strongly emphasised rhythm, precipitous drops and a layering of constantly repeating musical motives. Its many almost noise-like dissonances and expressionist sonic feel have made the work one of the most famous pieces of music of the modern avant-garde.

Earlier large-format pieces of Sasha Waltz’, »Na Zemlje« (»On Earth«, 1999), »Medea« (2007), »Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008) «, and »Continu« (2010) have already showcased elements of her research into rites and group dynamics which now culminate in »Sacre«.

»For a long time, I have been interested in the archaic myths and rites that conjure up the power and grand order of nature. In today’s highly technologized world, the forces of nature have been reduced to appear almost exclusively in the form of catastrophe. Rituals, on the other hand, display nature’s cyclical structure and address the relationship of humankind to its origins. The belief in and the connection to a higher order are strengthened; the individual sacrifices himself for the sake of the community. The choreography for »Le Sacre du Printemps« by Stravinsky offers me the chance to dedicate an entire piece to this material.«

Sasha Waltz
January 2013