Sasha Waltz & Guests on tour in Sofia for the first time

On November 24th and 25th we will be coming to Sofia for the first time with Sasha Waltz‘ classic »Allee der Kosmonauten« by invitation of the ACT Festival, the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and the newly founded centre for contemporary arts Toplocentrala. The production is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and in current times is more up-to-date than ever. Tickets are now available.

In 1996, the premiere of »Allee der Kosmonauten« (Avenue of the Cosmonauts) was the very first production at the Sophiensaele in Berlin. Since then, its choreographic approach has become legendary and the piece received more than 150 performances world wide. The events of the piece center on the living room couch of a high-rise apartment in the Berlin suburb of Marzahn. Within this confined space, the feelings and movements of three generations of a Berlin family build up dangerously.

The inhabitants bury their feelings in lethargy or abandon themselves to feedback loops caused by cramped living conditions. The choreographic encounter with this anxious space, crowded and colliding, triggers solutions at the limit of danceability. The lack of tenderness gives rise to uncomfortable comedy.

»Allee der Kosmonauten« is one of a number of early Sasha Waltz projects which explore everyday worlds as spaces for dance interpretation. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without escape routes.

Allee der Kosmonauten
Sasha Waltz
24. 25. November 2021, 7:30 pm
ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia
Information and Tickets

Direction / Choreography
Sasha Waltz
Set Design
Thomas Schenk
Sasha Waltz
Costume Design
Annette Bätz
Lighting Design
André Pronk
Jochen Sandig
Composition Music
Hanno Leichtmann
Lars Rudolph
Composition Accordion
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Elliot Caplan

Dance / Choreography
Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Luc Dunberry
Maya Gomez
Ageliki Gouvi
Nicola Mascia
Takako Suzuki

The piece was developed by and with the dancers Nadia Cusimano, Luc Dunberry, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Nicola Mascia, Takako Suzuki and Laurie Young.

Hanno Leichtmann, Lars Rudolph at Galler Musikverlag.
The piece »Kalte Augen« is by Ralf Bursy, Text Michael Sellin.

World Premiere: 23rd September 1996, Sophiensaele Berlin

A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Schauburg, München; Grand Theatre Groningen / NL; Tollhaus, Karlsruhe; Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster; Festival Internacional de Dança, Brasilien; Siemens Kulturprogramm, Berlin / München.
With the friendly support of the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Berlin.