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Guests & Sasha Waltz: CONTINU

Hi there,

You'll be delighted to hear that choreographer Sasha Waltz and her guests are having FOUR performances in Israel, between May 15-18, 2019 at the Tel Aviv Opera House.

Choreographer Sasha Waltz and her band, Sasha Waltz and guests, are returning to Tel Aviv after two visits that greatly impressed the Israeli audience. During their first visit, her band produced the piece "Gouf" (i.e. "Body"), that left the audience thrilled and in the second piece it performed a version of "Dido and Aeneas" in the Israeli Opera, which took place in a huge magical aquarium.

This time Sasha Waltz and her band are coming with a new piece called "Continu", a work created in collaboration with the 24 dancers who take part in it. In this fascinating work, Waltz examines with the dancers the tension created by the combination of three aspects of art: choreography, music and stage design. The connection between the three creates a special energy, and its creation attests to the continuity and the ceaseless activity of the forces of nature.

Guests & Sasha Waltz: Continu

The piece evolved from a series of large works that Waltz created for the opening events of several prominent museums in 2009; The reopening of the Neues Museum in Berlin was reconstructed by architect David Chipperfield, and the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome. This wide-ranging work is accompanied by diverse music, and the most prominent motif is the work of composer Edgar Varèse Arcana. This work is at the heart of the work to which additional musical pieces, including the Mozart Concerto for Oboe, music by Claude Vivier and the work of Ionian composer Iannis Xenakis.

Varèse a composer with a vision as never before, created Arcana 90 years ago. Combining artistic and scientific contents, it can be said that the work imparts feelings of change, transformation and renewal. It mainly conveys the sense of volcanic nighttime eruption. It is a description of the Promethean temptation to control the universe through sound and music. Since the premiere of the work at the Schauspielhaus, Zurich in 2010, Sasha Waltz and friends have worked on Continu, perfecting it and editing it, and in 2011 they presented the final version in Salzburg. At the beginning of the final version, Iannis Xenakis's work is played on live percussion instruments on the stage by the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky.

Guests and Sasha Waltz: Continu

About the Artist Sasha Waltz Born in Karlsruhe, West Germany, she studied dance and choreography in Amsterdam and New York. In 1993 she founded her band Sasha Waltz and friends together with Jochen Sendik. In 1996, she opened Sophie Sal, the place that received rave reviews, where she established the theater with Jochen Sendik. In 2000, she was elected as one of the artistic directors of the Schrauben Theater in Berlin. She created the trilogy "Body" and the installation "Inside Out".

In 2004 Sasha Waltz and friends became an independent band under the artistic direction of Jochen Sendik. In 2005, the premiere of the first opera directed by "Dido and Aeneas" was held at the Opera House, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. In 2007 she presented two works of theater with music, "Medea" with the music of Pascal Dusapin, which premiered in Luxembourg, and in the same year the Opera of Paris presented Waltz's version of "Romeo and Juliet" according to Berlioz's music.

Waltz continues to create with her band and often combines dance, theater, opera and artistic installations. She maintains a fruitful creative dialogue with musicians. Her work was done in cooperation with the Modern ensemble of the Berlin Contemporary Ensemble. Waltz was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic to create a work for their educational department, which led to hundreds of children and teenagers performing Carmen according to the music of Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite.

In 2013, she created a collaboration between her company and the Mariinsky Opera Ballet in St. Petersburg by presenting her version of Stravinsky's "Spring Cult" and a year later the work was performed under the direction of Daniel Barenboim in Berlin. A special exhibition on her creations and her work was exhibited at the museum and attracted a large audience of more than 60,000 people. In 2014 she continued her collaboration with Maestro Daniel Barenboim when she created the choreography for Wagner's "Tannhauser". In addition to producing her work, the group hosts various musical and political events, as well as series of meetings with artists and intellectuals.

In 2017 her band took part in the opening events of the new and impressive music hall in Hamburg.

She has won many awards in Germany and abroad, including the French government. From 2013 she has been a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts, and in 2013 the band was awarded the title of Cultural Ambassador of Europe.

For the season of 2019-2020, Sasha Waltz was chosen together with Johannes Aumann, the Swedish ballet director, to be the artistic director of the Staatsballet in Berlin. At the same time Sasha Waltz will continue her work in her band.

In the band there are dancers from all over the world, and as in the previous visit, there are also Israelis in the band: Michal Mualem, Idan Yoav and Yael Schnell, who is one of the directors of rehearsals in the band and a choreographer in her own right.

CONTINU Director and choreographer: Sasha Waltz Stage design: Thomas Schenk, Pia Maier Schriever, Sasha Waltz Costume Design: Bernd Skodzig Lighting Design: Martin Hauk Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig Music: Iannis Xenakis, Edgar Varèse, Claude Vivier, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests in collaboration with Schauspielhaus Zürich/Zürcher Festspiele, spielzeit’europa|Berliner Festspiele and Sadler’s Wells London.

The Sasha Waltz band and friends is supported by the Radial Foundation, Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

EVENT TIMES: Wednesday 15/05/2019 20:00 Thursday 16/05/2019 20:00 Friday 17/05/2019 13:00 Saturday 18/05/2019 20:00

All performances will take place at the Shlomo Lahat Chich Opera House in Tel Aviv. Duration: 95 minutes including break.

TICKETS: Ticket prices: 190-370 NIS. Tickets can be purchased on the English website.

Best, Talma

Photographs by: Tanja Dorendorf

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