Sasha Waltz & Guests
Music by Franz Schubert

World premiere 17 April 2004, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin

Impromptus. Xuan Shi, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola

© Sebastian Bolesch

  • 1 h 20 min, without interval

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»Not one who understands another’s pain and not one who understands another’s joy! We always believe we are coming closer and all we ever do is walk alongside each other. What torment to recognize this!«
Franz Schubert, Tagebuchaufzeichnung

Franz Schubert’s late Impromptus and Lieder provide the basis for Sasha Waltz’s first full-length choreography using classical music. Her response to the richness of the composer’s imagery comes through choreographic drawing in the space: the dancers meet in an atmosphere which is intimate, emotionally charged and yet abstract. Three duets, performed in contrast to the dense group scenes, form the centrepiece of the evening. The emotion – touched upon by the music – of a sublimated, unfulfilled longing for happiness and harmony runs through the formally defined choreography, as does Schubert’s recurring motif of the Wanderer, who as an image of the creative personality is damned to homelessness and loneliness. The choreographer and her seven dancers use the greatest possible simplicity and clarity to develop powerful metaphorical imagery which both links them to and radically separates them from Schubert’s musical sensibility.

Impromptu f-Moll Op. 142, Nr. 1, D. 935
Impromptu Es-Dur Op. 90, Nr. 2, D. 899
Impromptu As-Dur Op. 90, Nr. 4, D. 899
Des Mädchens Klage Op. 58, Nr. 3, D. 191
Der Wanderer an den Mond Op. 80, Nr. 1, D. 870
Der Doppelgänger Schwanengesang Nr. 13, D. 957
An Mignon Op. 19, Nr. 2, D. 161b
Impromptu Ges-Dur Op. 90, Nr. 3, D. 899
Impromptu c-Moll Op. 90, Nr. 1, D. 899


Directed and choreographed by Sasha Waltz
Stage design Thomas Schenk, Sasha Waltz
Costume design Christine Birkle
Dramaturgy Jochen Sandig, Yoreme Waltz
Lighting design Martin Hauk

Dance and Choreography Maria Marta Colusi, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Michal Mualem, Yael Schnell, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Xuan Shi

Piano Cristina Marton
Vocals Ruth Sandhoff

A production of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests as part of spielzeit’europa 2009. A co-production with the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by means of the Capital City Culture Funds.