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Werkschau Sasha Waltz & Guests


noBody completes the three-piece choreographic cycle about humans and their bodies which Sasha Waltz has been working on since 1999. In her piece Körper she investigates the anatomy and the physical appearance of the human being, relating her dancers' bodies to architecture, science, and history. S searches for the origin of life, of Eros, and of sensibility. noBody asks about the metaphysical existence of humanity. It addresses the absence of the body, and it confronts us with feelings aroused by our realisation of being mortal. "What does being human mean beyond having a body? Which part of us is immortal?" In noBody the choreographer, accompanied by 23 dancers, faces the challenge of rendering the non-physical visible through the physical body itself. noBody is co-produced by the Festival d'Avignon. In July 2002, the piece was performed eight times at Cour d'Honneur, Pope Palace. Its unique historical setting, together with the Mendelsohnian architecture of the Schaubühne, greatly influenced the development of this production.

With: Ayaka Azechi, Blenard Azizaij, Zaida Ballesteros Pareja, Fernando Balsera Pita, Claudia Catarzi, Maria Marta Colusi, Alessandra Defazio, Luc Dunberry*, Yuya Fujinami, Eva Georgitsopoulou, Maya Gomez, Dmytro Grynov, Amr Karkout, Margaux Marielle-Tréoüart, Gyung Moo Kim, Sean Nederlof, Sofia Pintzou, Sasa Queliz*, Orlando Rodriguez, Joel Suárez Gómez, Wibke Storkan, Stylianos Tsatsos, Junko Wada*

Director, choreographer: Sasha Waltz
Music: Hans Peter Kuhn
Stage design: Thomas Schenk, Sasha Waltz
Costumes: Bernd Skodzig
Lighting: Martin Hauk
Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig
Repetition: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Michal Mualem

*Original dancers from 2002

World premiere Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, 23.02.2002

A production of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with the Festival d’Avignon. Sasha Waltz & Guests is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

In spring 2020 Sasha Waltz & Guests will continue the cooperation with the Volksbühne Berlin. From 2 to 13 April, the company will present a retrospective. In addition to three pieces by Sasha Waltz from different creative periods, the audience will experience an exhibition and film programme as well as performative interventions. The opening of the Sasha Walz & Guests retrospective at the Volksbühne is the revival of the choreography noBody.


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Photo: Bernd Uhlig

Photo: Bernd Uhlig

Photo: Bernd Uhlig

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Photo: Bernd Uhlig

Photo: Bernd Uhlig

Photo: Bernd Uhlig

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Werkschau Sasha Waltz & Guests

In 1996, Allee der Kosmonauten was the first premiere at the newly founded Sophiensæle in Berlin Mitte. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without an escape route. In a housing block in former East Berlin, feelings and movements of a three generation family build up dangerously around their living room couch. The uncomfortably comical exploration of this anxious space, crowded and colliding, triggers solutions at the limits of danceability. The lack of tenderness gives rise to uncomfortable comedy. Allee der Kosmonauten is one of a number of early Sasha Waltz projects which explore everyday worlds as spaces for dance interpretation. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without escape routes.

With: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Ageliki Gouvi, Nicola Mascia, Zaratiana Randrianantenaia, Joel Suárez Gómez, Takako Suzuki

Director, choreography: Sasha Waltz
Stage design: Sasha Waltz, Thomas Schenk
Costumes: Annette Bätz, Sasha Waltz & Guests
Lighting: André Pronk
Video: Elliot Caplan
Composition, music: Hanno Leichtmann, Lars Rudolph
Composition, accordion: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Repetition: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig

The piece was developed by the dancers Nadia Cusimano, Luc Dunberry, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Nicola Mascia, Takako Suzuki and Laurie Young.

Hanno Leichtmann, Lars Rudolph of Galler music publishers.
The song Kalte Augen was composed by Ralf Bursy, text by Michael Sellin.

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Schauburg München, Grand Theatre Groningen, Tollhaus Karlsruhe, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, Festival Internacional de Dança, Brasilien and Siemens Kulturprogramm Berlin / München.

Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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