TEXERE, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Eva Radünzel
LINEA, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Sebastian Bolesch
stimmen, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Sebastian Bolesch
Der kleine Mann, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Bernd Uhlig
Monster, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Bernd Uhlig
MusikTANZ - Carmen, Education Projekt der BerlinerPhilharmoniker, Sasha Waltz & Guests © Monika Rittershaus
Märchensonaten, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Eva Radünzel
he Wild Things, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Sebastian Bolesch
Genau so, aber anders, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Eva Radünzel
Check out your mate, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests © Eva Radünzel
Teqsi muyu marq'ay, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Eva Radünzel
Hin & Zurück, Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests ©Eva Radünzel
Kindertanzcompany

Kindertanzcompany

A playful way of practicing movement and dance is the starting point of the work of the Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany, the childrens’ and youth dance company of Sasha Waltz & Guests, located at Radialsystem in Berlin.


The children's and youth dance company dates back to an initiative of Sasha Waltz, Hanna Hegenscheidt and Livia Patrizi. In 2007, they converted a children’s dance group from the initiative »TanzZeit – Zeit für Tanz in Schulen« which had existed since 2005/06, into the Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany, in which the children could regularly train and develop.


While the Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany keeps playful approaches to dance at its core, children and teenagers are encouraged to explore physical movement on a regular basis and keep evolving their talent. Today, it consists of four different groups (6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years, 11 to 14 years and 14+ years), in which every young dancer gets individual support.

In regular training sessions under the guidance of experienced dancers of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests, the young dancers explore their own repertoire in physical movement as well as the interaction with one another in dance. In adition they are offered intensive workshops with guest trainers.


The »Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany« further supports exchange with other groups of young dancers – such as the JugendTanzCompany of the Piccolo Theater in Cottbus – and seeks to do so increasingly in the future. Not least, the young dancers of the Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany are trained in acting on stage and interacting with an audience, as they are encouraged to regularly develop and present their own stage pieces. Those are presented in annual extensive showing events at Radialsystem in Berlin.


All groups for the 2023/24 school year are full. Registration and inclusion on the waiting list are currently not possible. The next registration opportunity is in August 2024. In the meantime, please register for our newsletter.


Contact
Émilie Guérin
Education & Community
Administration & Projektcoordination Children's and Youth Dance
+49 (0) 30 24 62 80 26
eguerin@sashawaltz.de

Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH
Sophienstr. 3
D-10178 Berlin

Group 1 – 6 to 8 years


The children’s dance group for younger children imparts first dancing experiences and pleasure at the movements of one’s own body. In small groups, the children develop a basic and playful repertoire of movements. They meet Sasha Waltz & Guests dancers Fernando Balsera and Mata Sakka and the concert pianist Neslihan Schmidt twice a month for two-hours long intensive-workshops.


Led by Mata Sakka, Fernando Balsera, Neslihan Schmidt

​Dates: 2 x month, 2 hours

Group 2 – 9 to 11 years


Through improvisations and group games once a week, the children continue developing an individual repertoire of movement and expression.


Led by Alessandra Defazio, Annapaola Leso and Fernando Balsera 

​Dates: 1x week, 1,5 hours

Group 3 (Kids) – 11 to 14 years


Under the direction of dancer-choreographer Gabriel Galindez Cruz, the 11 to 14-year-olds develop an individual repertoire of movement and expression in group games and improvisations.


Led by changing teams, currently (2023): Alessandra Defazio and Wibke Storkan

​Dates: 1x week, 1,5 hours

Group 4 (Teens) – 14+ years


Dance for the teens is aimed at young people with previous experience in the field of dance and movement theatre. In intensive workshops, the young dancers develop pieces in which live musicians are often involved.


Led by changing teams, currently (2023): Wibke Storkan and Javier Blanco

​Dates: 1x week, 1,5 hours

Thus in 2009, the piece »Der Kleine Mann«, dealing with lifelong dreams, was created under the direction of Gabriel Galindez Cruz. In 2010, the kids dealt with the topic »Monster«, which they had chosen themselves. In 2012, a number of the young dancers participated in the project »MusicTANZ – Carmen«, involving over 100 kids from Berlin schools, choreographed by Sasha Waltz and with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.

Often the kids’ pieces are developed in collaboration with musicians who perform live during the stagings. Thus in the production »The Wild Things« (2013) the dancing was accompanied by a chamber orchestra of four musicians who performed contemporary compositions by the japanese composer Hideki Kozura. In 2014/15, the childrens’ group developed a structured improvisation in which they collaborated with the band »Bukahara«. This project lead up to the piece »Feuerblume«, which was not only chosen for the »Tanztreffen der Jugend« (kids’ dance convention) in 2015, but also toured Oslo on the occasion of the International Conference of Teaching Artists in 2016.


Also in 2016, the Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany created the piece »Märchensonate«, a creative reinterpretation of the fairy tales by the Brother’s Grimm, accompanied by sonatas by Claude Debussy, performed live by a string quartet and pianist. Throughout the past years the teens group – a part of which has danced and worked together for over ten years – has increasingly turned towards critical topics: with »genau so, aber anders« (2016/17) they presented their critical view of society, whilst reflecting on their role in it as teenagers. In 2017, they performed a piece based on poems by young refugees from Afghanistan as part of the Sasha Waltz & Guests project »ZUHÖREN –dritter Raum für Kunst und Politik«.​

In 2018, two pieces were developed: »Check out your mate« with the kids group (11 to 14 years), which was invited to be performed in the frame of »Tanztreffen der Jugend« at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in 2019. The teens group in their production »Teqsi muyu marq'ay - Eine warme Umarmung für die Erde« dealt with climate change and climate justice. In 2019, the piece was invited to the festival »Rampenlichter« in Munich and was also performed in the frame of the project »Zuhören #4« by Sasha Waltz & Guests at Radialsystem in Berlin.


The pandemic also could not keep the young dancers from dancing – they first continued their training online, before meeting open air in Berlin parcs and other public spaces.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Sasha Waltz & Guests' children's and youth dance company, the annual showing in the Radialsystem could finally take place again in 2022, for which the children and teenagers developed a program full of diversity and creativity: The children of group 2 (9-11 years) talked about their experiences with nature during the pandemic in »Hin und zurück«. And the young dancers of groups 3 (11-14 years) and 4 (14+ years) danced together on stage for the first time and showed their version of a Sasha Walt choreography titled »In C – nächste Generation« as well as the new work »TEXERE « by Gabriel Galindez Cruz, which was also performed in an extended version in the showing of 2023.

TEXERE (2022/23)
LINEA (2023)
stimmen (2023)
In C – nächste Generation (2022)
Hin und Zurück (2022)
Hindernis (2019)
Check out your mate (2018)
Teqsi muyu marq’ay – Eine warme Umarmung für die Erde (2018)
Märchensonaten (2016)
Genau so, aber anders (2016)
The Wild Things (2013)
Monster (2010)
Der kleine Mann (2009)

The Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany of Sasha Waltz & Guests is a project by Sasha Waltz & Guests in cooperation with the Radialsystem.

Allee der Kosmonauten
Beethoven 7
Continu
Dido & Aeneas
EΞΟΔΟΣ I EXODOS
Gezeiten
Impromptus
In C
insideout
Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)
St. John Passion
Kreatur
Körper
Matsukaze
Medea
Na Zemlje
noBody
Orfeo
Passion
rauschen
Roméo et Juliette
S
Sacre
SYM-PHONIE MMXX
Tannhäuser
Travelogue I – Twenty to eight
Travelogue II – Tears break fast
Travelogue III – All Ways Six Steps
Women
Zweiland
Ira - Zorn - Wrath
Education & Community
Kindertanzcompany
OPEN STUDIO
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ZUHÖREN
Dialoge
Dialoge ’99/I – Sophiensæle
Dialoge ’99/II – Jüdisches Museum
Dialoge 01 – 17-25/4
Dialoge 04 – Palast der Republik
Dialoge 04 – St. Elisabeth I–IV
Dialoge 06 – Bologna
Dialoge 06 – Freiburg
Dialoge 06 – Radiale Systeme
Dialoge 07 – Bangalore
Dialoge 07 – Pergamonmuseum
Dialoge 08 – Carlo Scarpa
Dialoge 09 – MAXXI
Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum
Dialoge 13 – Kolkata
Dialoge 20-13 Festival d’Avignon
Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme
Dialoge Roma 2020 – Terra sacra
Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme II
Dialoge 2021 – Ludwigsburg
Allee der Kosmonauten
Beethoven 7
Boléro
Check out your mate (2018)
Continu
Der kleine Mann (2009)
Dialoge ’99/I – Sophiensæle
Dialoge ’99/II – Jüdisches Museum
Dialoge 01 – 17-25/4
Dialoge 04 – Palast der Republik
Dialoge 04 – St. Elisabeth I–IV
Dialoge 06 – Bologna
Dialoge 06 – Freiburg
Dialoge 06 – Radiale Systeme
Dialoge 07 – Bangalore
Dialoge 07 – Pergamonmuseum
Dialoge 08 – Carlo Scarpa
Dialoge 09 – MAXXI
Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum
Dialoge 13 – Kolkata
Dialoge 20-13 Festival d’Avignon
Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme
Dialoge 2020 – Relevante Systeme II
Dialoge 2021 – Ludwigsburg
Dialoge – Bombay
Dialoge – Happy Day
Dialoge – Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Showing I–IV)
Dialoge – La chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
Dialoge – Les grandes Traversées
Dialoge – Paris
Dialoge – Passages
Dialoge – Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Dialoge – Wirbel
Dialoge Roma 2020 – Terra sacra
Dido & Aeneas
EΞΟΔΟΣ I EXODOS
Fantasie
Figure Humaine
gefaltet
Genau so, aber anders (2016)
Gezeiten
Hin und Zurück (2022)
Hindernis (2019)
Human Requiem
Impromptus
In C
In C – Marler Partitur
In C – nächste Generation (2022)
insideout
Ira - Zorn - Wrath
Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)
Körper
Kreatur
L’Après-midi d’un faune
LINEA (2023)
Märchensonaten (2016)
Matsukaze
Medea
Monster (2010)
Métamorphoses
MusikTANZ – Carmen
Na Zemlje
noBody
OPEN STUDIO
Orfeo
Passion
rauschen
remains
Roméo et Juliette
S
Sacre
Sasha Waltz. Installations, Objects, Performances
Scène d’Amour
Solo für Malakov
St. John Passion
stimmen (2023)
SYM-PHONIE MMXX
Tannhäuser
Teqsi muyu marq’ay – Eine warme Umarmung für die Erde (2018)
TEXERE (2022/23)
The Wild Things (2013)
Travelogue I – Twenty to eight
Travelogue II – Tears break fast
Travelogue III – All Ways Six Steps
Women
Workshops
ZUHÖREN #1: Continu und Gespräche
ZUHÖREN #2: Improvisationen und Gespräche
ZUHÖREN #3: The Art of Resistance & Empowerment of Communities
ZUHÖREN #4: Climate change & democracy. From complexity to action
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St. John Passion
Kreatur
Körper
Matsukaze
Medea
Na Zemlje
noBody
Orfeo
Passion
rauschen
Roméo et Juliette
S
Sacre
SYM-PHONIE MMXX
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Travelogue I – Twenty to eight
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Travelogue III – All Ways Six Steps
Women
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