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Photo: Julian Röder

by Sasha Waltz & Guests

1h 35min

Following her last two projects – »Kreatur« and »Exodos«, which plumbed timeless, in ways archaic, levels of human existence and social interaction – in her latest piece from 2019, Sasha Waltz focuses on life in the present, which is embedded within artificial structures. »rauschen« deals with a society that inhabits a perfect environment, but has lost touch with the world, and is gaining a new dimension against the backdrop of our current situation of social distancing and a yet increased shift towards the digital.

One of the main restrictions for the movement of the twelve dancers were a prohibition or extreme limitation of real physical contact between the dancers. George Lucas’ dystopian science fiction movie »THX 1138«, depicting our current technologized state of life almost prophetically in 1967, served as one important source of inspiration during the creation of »rauschen«. The main questions here included: What language of movement results from conditions in which mind and body are inextricably entwined with technology? What position do we find ourselves in, surrounded by an overabundance of comforts that are simultaneously a means of control? What is the horizon of a globally networked life that has simultaneously forgotten the world? The semicircular stage area can thus be understood as a call to interrogate and explore anew our own inner panoramas. The slightly modified choreography leads to a process of revelation, in which the piece’s visual and dance-oriented languages are seized and transformed by a subversive power.

»rauschen« is a collaboration with lighting designer David Finn, who has mainly worked with Sasha Waltz on her large-scale opera productions, and whose lively spheres of light play across the perfectly white stage. The costumes were designed by Bernd Skodzig, whose creations have accompanied Sasha Waltz’s choreographic production for many years now.

Premiere: 07.03.2019

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin. Made in Radialsystem.

Sasha Waltz & Guests are funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Capital Cultural Fund.


With: Blenard Azizaj, Davide Camplani, Clémentine Deluy, Edivaldo Ernesto, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Hwanhee Hwang, Lorena Justribó Manion, Annapaola Leso, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Aladino Rivera Blanca, László Sandig, Stylianos Tsatsos

Director and choreography: Sasha Waltz
Stage design: Thomas Schenk, Sasha Waltz
Costumes: Bernd Skodzig
Lighting: David Finn
Rehearsal: Claudia de Serpa Soares
Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig, Agnes Scherer

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Photo: Julian Röder

Photo: Julian Röder

Photo: Julian Röder

Photo: Julian Röder

Photo: Julian Röder

Photo: Julian Röder

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