A co-production with the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, in co-operation with Padmini Chettur and Mahler Chamber Soloists. Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Land of Berlin.
With the project Dialoge - 2013 Kolkata, German choreographer Sasha Waltz is exploring the historic district of North Kolkata together with her Indian colleague Padmini Chettur. Thirteen dancers of her company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, will meet Padmini Chettur and members of her ensemble accompanied by soloists of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
The interdisciplinary projects titled Dialoge (Dialogues) are important and powerful creative works of Sasha Waltz. The short but very intensive encounters between musicians, artists, dancers and choreographers take place in very specific sites. For example, in Berlin, Dialogue was presented in the "skeleton" of the Palast der Republik, the Jewish Museum or the New Museum reconstructed by David Chipperfield; it was also presented in India in January 2007 for a guest performance in Bangalore at the Ranga Shankara theatre.
The architecture is an important protagonist itself in Dialoge. The performances happen on different multifaceted levels with the main focus on the free spirit of improvisation and the pure delight of experimentation.
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Sasha Waltz and Guests
The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 250 artists and ensembles architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers from 25 countries have collaborated as Guests on over 80 productions, Dialoge projects and films.
Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing parts of its current repertoire of 18 pieces in about 80 performances around the globe each year. In Berlin, the company cooperates with a wide range of institutions such as municipal theatres, opera houses and museums and has contributed to the establishing of innovative production sites for artistic dialogue such as Sophiensaele (1997) and Radialsystem V, Space for Arts & Ideas (2006).
The development of innovative forms of performance and creation in choreographic musical theatre has become the most significant focus of the work of Sasha Waltz & Guests.
Padmini Chettur was born in 1970. She began her training in the traditional Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. Between the years 1991 and 2001, she worked with the choreographer Chandralekha, performing in the productions Lilavati, Prana, Angika, Sri, Bhinna Pravaha, Yantra, Mahakaal and Sharira. Her own artistic research began in 1994.
Chettur departs from the classical repertoire of gestures, posturing and mythical tales, to shape an alternative, no less strict, but very condensed. Looking for complete detachment from her classical formative years, she resists the temptation to seduce, choosing instead, to convince. At the core of Chettur's work is resistance. Her work unveils a taut vision that takes the contemporary dance of India, from what it is and how it should look, to radical dimensions.
Mahler Chamber Soloists
The "C" in the centre of the orchestra’s name refers less to the size of the ensemble than to the chamber music sense of musicianship that is essential to their ensemble playing. In order to fortify and expand this basic principle, the members of the orchestra form themselves regularly into a variety of small ensembles, all of which appear under the name Mahler Chamber Soloists. This flexible format allows for the kind of experimentation with repertoire, concert formats, and venues that is fundamental to the MCO’s character.
The first Mahler Chamber Soloists tour brought six musicians of the MCO to India in January 2012, where they performed concerts in Panaji, Mumbai, and Pune, coached Indian instrumental students, and brought some of Mumbai’s underprivileged children in contact with music through a collaboration with the outreach initiative "Songbound".
In November 2011, Radialsystem V and the MCO collaborated to create the first "Radial Night with the MCO", a night of music that presented the orchestra in all its facets. The highlight of the evening was the first collaboration between MCO musicians and dancers from the company Sasha Waltz & Guests. Since then, both the concert format and the collaboration with Sasha Waltz & Guests have continued to develop.
Direction & Concept - Sasha Waltz
In collaboration with - Padmini Chettur
Dance/ Choreography - Sasha Waltz & Guests
Liza Alpízar Aguilar, Jirí Bartovanec, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Hwanhee Hwang, Virgis Puodziunas, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Orlando Rodriguez, Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Mata Sakka, Yael Schnell, Xuan Shi, Sergiu Matis, László Sandig, Sophia Sandig
Dance/ Choreography - Padmini Chettur
P. Akila, Preethi Athreya, Aarabi Veeraraghavan, Padmini Chettur
Mahler Chamber Soloists
Violin Timothy Summers, Viola Béatrice Muthelet, Violoncello Ophelie Gaillard, Clarinet Chen Halevi
Video installation - Tapio Snellman
Light - Martin Hauk
Costumes - Beate Borrmann, Margaretha Heller, Nandita Palchoudhuri