Ticket sale for the Berlin performances of the choreographies »Roméo et Juliette« (Deutsche Oper Berlin), »Orfeo« and »Sacre« (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) by Sasha Waltz just started.
In the newly opened Studio A at the Radialsystem V Sasha Waltz in 2007 started rehearsing her third choreographic opera together with dancers of Sasha Waltz & Guests: »Roméo et Juliette« , a dramatic symphony by Hector Berlioz. The world premiere of the production was danced by the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris and took place on 5th October 2007 at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The choreography has since been reprised several times in Paris, last in April 2018, and was also taken into the repertory of the Milanese Teatro alla Scala in 2012. In September 2018 »Roméo et Juliette«, danced by Sasha Waltz & Guests, will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In November Sasha Waltz’ latest choreographic opera »Orfeo« by Claudio Monteverdi will also return to Berlin for the first time after its German premiere at the Staatsoper in 2015. Claudio Monteverdi’s »Orfeo« is considered to be the first opera and a masterpiece of European musical history. Certainly, this setting to music of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is the earliest surviving »Favola in musica«, which at its première in 1607 apprehended for the first time instrumental music, song, dance and theatre as a unit. For Sasha Waltz, »Orfeo« brings together different strands from previous creations, and connects soloists from her arrangements of contemporary pieces with actors from the world of ancient music.
Her version of Henry Purcell’s baroque opera »Dido & Aeneas« signaled the start of a new chapter in her artistic work. She enhanced the media of musical theatre through the theatricality of dance and created a new genre for the opera, a fusion of dance song and music: the choreographic opera. This new genre continued its development as Sasha Waltz worked on the compositions »Medea« (Dusapin, 2007), »Roméo & Juliette« (Berlioz, 2007), »Passion« (Dusapin, 2010) and »Matsukaze« (Hosokawa, 2011). After first encountering the myth of Orpheus in Pascal Dusapin‘s chamber opera »Passion«, Sasha Waltz returns to the roots of baroque music and not only involves the choir and the soloists in the movement on stage, but also draws the dancers into the musical performance.
The choreography »Sacre« by Sasha Waltz also has a very interesting history: 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. On the 13th May 2013, her choreography »Sacre« premiered in the just reopened Mariinsky Theate in St. Petersburg and was performed in a double-evening together with the reconstructed 1913 original choreography of »Le Sacre du Printemps« by Stravinsky/Nijinsky. Two weeks later the double evening was performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, where the original choreography had had its world premiere 100 years earlier. The Mariinsky Ballet danced in St. Petersburg and Paris, while the cast of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests presented its German premiere at the Staatsoper im Schillertheater Berlin for the first time on 26th October 2013. »Sacre« by Sasha Waltz will be performed for the first time in the reopened Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin in June 2019.
»Roméo et Juliette«
6. 7. 9. 10. September 2018
Deutschen Oper Berlin
17. 18. 23. 30. November 2018
Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin
23. 27. 30. June 2019
Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin