30. August 2017: world premiere of »Women« – a choreographic ritual

Sasha Waltz’ latest choreography »Women« – choreographic ritual – will premiere the 30. of August 2017 at St. Elisabeth Kirche in Berlin. Sasha Waltz & Guests is looking forward to show four more performances as part of Tanz im August.

»Women« is a choreographic ritual celebrated by a group of female dancers. Already in previous works such as »Medea« (2007), »Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)«, »Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum« (2009) and »Sacre« (2013) Sasha Waltz includes choreographic scenes with ritualistic inventions by women.

Sasha Waltz
world premiere
30. 31. August
1. 2. September 2017
St. Elisabeth-Kirche
Tanz im August
29. Internationales Festival Berlin

»Women« is my first choreography, in which I am working exclusively with female dancers. I often have pure women scenes in my work so it was just natural to go one step further and to dedicate a full piece to women. It is inspired by Judy Chicago’s iconic work of feminist art »The Dinner Party« (1974-79, Brooklyn Museum, New York): a triangular table with 39 cover plates of women of world history forms the central element of the work. To perform in the church emphasizes the ritual aspect of the piece. St. Elisabeth church reminds me of ancient Greek or Roman temples. Schinkel refers aesthetically to antiquity. In Rome, one can often find ancient foundations of pre-Christian ceremonial gathering spaces beneath the churches. As we are dealing in my project with imagined inventions of rituals I find it interesting to relate and connect this contemporary work to the ancient meeting places of worship. In »Women« I have worked without a centralistic point of view, not in a theatre with a clear front. The dancers and the public are in the same space on the same level, part of one experience.
Sasha Waltz

Sasha Waltz
Martin Hauk
Soundwalk Collective

Liza Alpízar Aguilar
Claudia Catarzi
Maria Marta Colusi
Clémentine Deluy
Lisa Densem
Hwanhee Hwang
Lorena Justribó Manion
Florencia Lamarca
Maureen Lopez Lembo
Annapaola Leso
Margaux Marielle-Trehoüart
Thusnelda Mercy
Michal Mualem
Sasa Queliz
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Yael Schnell
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Wibke Storkan
Takako Suzuki
Charlotte Zerbey

A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests in cooperation with Kultur Büro Elisabeth
presented by Tanz im August – 29. Internationales Festival Berlin. The shows are supported by the Scherung Stiftung.