Sasha Waltz & Guests, Continu at Sadler's Wells
This weekend sees the UK premiere of a large scale work by influential German choreographer Sasha Waltz at Sadler’s Wells. Continu is a full length dance performance partly inspired by her work on two major projects for museums, the artistic inaugurations for David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome. Developed with 24 dancers, at the core of Continu is Arcana, a stirringly dramatic symphonic work composed in 1927 by Edgar Varèse, a composer who was renowned for combining artistic and scientific content.
Continu features elegant and modern costume design by Bernd Skodzig, scenography by regular collaborators Thomas Schenk and Pia Maier Schriever, lighting by Martin Hauk and additional music by Iannis Xenakis and Claude Vivier.
Based in Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests are known for developing highly original choreographic musical theatre performances. They have collaborated with more than 250 artists and ensembles, from 25 countries on nearly 20 productions since being founded in 1993.
When I enter into specific spaces I get inspired to ‘listen’ to the walls of the building. I am always interested in how space defines the choreography. As a starting point it is always better to base it on existing architecture rather than an imagined stage set. Working in real architecture inspires me to use space in an unexpected way.
Sasha Waltz interviewed by voltcafe.com
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