Sasha Waltz, Rehearsal of »Kreatur« © Ute Zscharnt
Sasha Waltz, Rehearsal of »Johannes Passion« © Sebastian Bolesch
Sasha Waltz, Rehearsal of »Roméo et Juliette« © Bernd Uhlig
Sasha Waltz
©Herlinde Kölbl

Sasha Waltz

Sasha Waltz is a choreographer, dancer and director. After her initial studies at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, she joined the postmodern-oriented dance scene in New York City that worked interdisciplinarily with other arts. In 1986 and 1987, she danced in the New York-based companies of Pooh Kaye, Yoshiko Chuma & School of Hard Knocks and Lisa Kraus & Dancers. Following her return to Europe in 1988, she began an intensive phase of collaboration with choreographers, artists and musicians. In 1992, she came to Berlin with a grant by the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, where she developed the improvisational format »Dialogue« driven by the spirit of her interdisciplinary and international work. She chose the young German capital as the center of her activities, where she practiced new choreographic approaches in self-developed infrastructures. Together with Jochen Sandig, she founded the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1993, and in 1996 the Sophiensæle as a venue for dance and more – today it is a center for the independent dance and theatre scene not only in Germany. From 2000–2004, she was one of the directors of the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz. For the season 2019–2020, Sasha Waltz was director of Staatsballett Berlin together with Johannes Öhman.


During her first decade in Berlin, Sasha Waltz created internationally renowned and influential dance pieces, such as the »Travelogue« and »Körper« trilogies, as well as the immersive dance installation »insideout«. In the following years, she applied the language and strategies of contemporary dance to vitalise and explore historical and new operas and ballets. With »Dido & Aeneas« (2005), »Medea« (2007) and »Matsukaze« (2011), she realized three pieces about women and at the same time established the genre of the choreographic opera. In 2007, she directed »Roméo et Juliette«, interpreting the dramatic symphony of Hector Berlioz, for the Opéra national de Paris. After this followed »Sacre« in 2013, which was set to the music of Igor Stravinsky and commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and in 2014 »Tannhäuser« at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, which was conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Simultaneously, Sasha Waltz has been pursuing the sharing and teaching of dance knowledge and promoting dance as a medium of social and sociopolitical communication. As part of this endeavour, she founded the Berlin based »Kindertanzcompany« (Children’s Dance Company) in 2007 and, following an invitation from the Berlin Philharmoniker, developed a choreography with over 100 pupils to dance Rodion Shchedrin’s »Carmen Suite«. In 2016, she founded the event format »ZUHÖREN« with which she opened a »third space for art and politics«. She expanded the »Dialogue« concept to incorporate danced responses to architecture wherein the audience is invited to act as an equal part of the choreographic happening. Examples of this are »Dialoge ‘99/II – Jüdisches Museum« in the new construction of the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind, »Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum« performed in the still-vacant interior of the Neues Museum in Berlin after the renovation by David Chipperfield (2009) and the choreographic installation »Figure Humaine« for the inauguration of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (2017). In her present choreographic work, Sasha Waltz is focusing on the intensification of collaborative processes, such as the synchronic development of choreography and music. In collaboration with Soundwalk Collective and the costume designer Iris van Herpen (among others), she created the choreography »Kreatur« (2017) followed by »EΞΟΔΟΣ | EXODOS« (2018), both premiered at Radialsystem in Berlin. In early 2019, the project »rauschen« received its world premiere at the Volksbühne Berlin. In March 2022, »SYM-PHONIE MMXX«, a piece for dance, light and orchestra by Sasha Waltz and Georg Friedrich Haas, received its world premiere at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, followed by »Beethoven 7« at Radialsystem, Berlin in March 2023.


In 2020, Sasha Waltz reacted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with different projects on- and offline. From March to June 2020, she published an online »dance diary«, in August developed the open air project »Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme«, premiering a choreography to Maurice Ravel’s »Boléro« as well as solos to Georg Friedrich Haas’s »I can’t breathe« and in December streamed a series of improvisations with the title »Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme II« live from the Radialsystem in Berlin. In 2021, Sasha Waltz created the choreography »In C« based on Terry Riley’s revolutionary and open score by the same name, which has since not only been successfully performed nationally and internationally but has also developed into its own system with a growing community. The work consists of 53 choreographic figures that were recorded as video tutorials to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. Participatory, diverse, international and sustainable »In C« projects, workshop formats and ever-new structures have developed and continue to develop from the material worldwide. In June 2021, a choreography by Sasha Waltz to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 received its world premiere in the frame of the Franco-German television channel ARTE’s Beethoven Day, broadcast live from the ancient Apollo temple in Delphi together with musicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.


In 2011, Sasha Waltz was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande for her special services to the cultural field. Since 2013, she is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. In 2021, Sasha Waltz was awarded a »Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres« by France.

Choreography, Concept, Direction
Dance / Choreography
Dramaturgy
Konzept Bühne / Video
Costumes
Sasha Waltz
Jochen Sandig
Tian Gao
Annapaola Leso
Sean Nederlof
Virgis Puodziunas
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Orlando Rodriguez
Sebastian Abarbanell
Liza Alpízar Aguilar
Blenard Azizaj
Jíři Bartovanec
Anne Brinon
Clémentine Deluy
Edivaldo Ernesto
Melissa Figueiredo
Yuya Fujinami
Eva Georgitsopoulou
Peggy Grelat-Dupont
Hwanhee Hwang
Agnieszka Jachym
Lorena Justribó Manion
Kelvin Kilonzo
Jaan Männima
Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart
Nicola Mascia
Thusnelda Mercy
Michal Mualem
Sasa Queliz
Joel Suárez Gómez
Yael Schnell
Corey Scott-Gilbert
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Ichiro Sugae
Leonardo García Alarcón
David Robert Coleman
Florian Feth
Maayan Franco
Charlotte Hellekant
Cécile Kempenaers
Hans Peter Kuhn
Luciana Mancini
Leandro Marziotte
Julián Millán
Georg Nigl
Alex Rosen
Julie Roset
Fabio Trümpy
Ilan Volkov
Hans Wijers
Konstantin Wolff
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Freiburger BarockConsort
Soundwalk Collective
Vocalconsort Berlin
Sasha Waltz
Thomas Schenk
Pia Maier Schriever
Heike Schuppelius
Alexander Schwarz
Chiharu Shiota
Barbara Steppe
Annette Bätz
Christine Birkle
Iris van Herpen
Jasmin Lepore
Federico Polucci
Bernd Skodzig
Jörg Bittner
Olaf Danilsen
David Finn
Valentin Gallé
Martin Hauk
André Pronk
Thilo Reuther
Urs Schönebaum
Yi Zhao
Elliot Caplan
Tapio Snellman
Jochen Sandig
Steffen Döring
Christopher Drum
Agnes Scherer
Davide Di Pretoro
Sergiu Matis
Michal Mualem
Yael Schnell
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Soundwalk Collective
Vocalconsort Berlin
Agnes Scherer
Agnieszka Jachym
Alex Rosen
Alexander Schwarz
André Pronk
Annapaola Leso
Anne Brinon
Annette Bätz
Barbara Steppe
Bernd Skodzig
Blenard Azizaj
Charlotte Hellekant
Chiharu Shiota
Christine Birkle
Christopher Drum
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Clémentine Deluy
Corey Scott-Gilbert
Cécile Kempenaers
David Finn
David Robert Coleman
Davide Di Pretoro
Edivaldo Ernesto
Elliot Caplan
Eva Georgitsopoulou
Fabio Trümpy
Federico Polucci
Florian Feth
Freiburger BarockConsort
Georg Nigl
Hans Peter Kuhn
Hans Wijers
Heike Schuppelius
Hwanhee Hwang
Ichiro Sugae
Ilan Volkov
Iris van Herpen
Jaan Männima
Jasmin Lepore
Jochen Sandig
Joel Suárez Gómez
Julie Roset
Julián Millán
Jíři Bartovanec
Jörg Bittner
Kelvin Kilonzo
Konstantin Wolff
Leandro Marziotte
Leonardo García Alarcón
Liza Alpízar Aguilar
Lorena Justribó Manion
Luciana Mancini
Maayan Franco
Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart
Martin Hauk
Melissa Figueiredo
Michal Mualem
Nicola Mascia
Olaf Danilsen
Orlando Rodriguez
Peggy Grelat-Dupont
Pia Maier Schriever
Sasa Queliz
Sasha Waltz
Sean Nederlof
Sebastian Abarbanell
Sergiu Matis
Steffen Döring
Tapio Snellman
Thilo Reuther
Thomas Schenk
Thusnelda Mercy
Tian Gao
Urs Schönebaum
Valentin Gallé
Virgis Puodziunas
Yael Schnell
Yi Zhao
Yuya Fujinami
Zaratiana Randrianantenaina
Direction, Choreography
Dance
Music
Set Design
Costumes
Lighting Design
Video
Dramaturgy
Repetition
All
Sasha Waltz
Jochen Sandig
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Guests