The company was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993 and celebrated its 25th anniversary with the season 2018/19. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers – from 25 countries have collaborated as »Guests«.
In 2013 the company has been named »European Cultural Ambassador 2013« by the European Union. This came as an acknowledgement of the company’s wide range of activities across Europe, reaching out to the rest of the world – new productions with european partners, guest performances and workshops, such as educational and transfer projects.
Dance, in particular, as an art form, transcends language barriers; even geographical frontiers are starting to disappear. To date, Sasha Waltz & Guests have appeared in 103 european cities, for a total of nearly 250 guest performances – often with the support of a network of co-production partners, festivals, and musical ensembles.
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 (1996) and radialsystem, Space for Arts & Ideas (2006). The development of innovative forms of performance and creation in choreographic musical theatre has become the most significant focus of the work of Sasha Waltz & Guests. Most recently Sasha Waltz & Guests was awarded the »george tabori ehrenpreis« 2014 by Fonds Darstellende Künste.