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Show photographer Sebastian Bolesch

Sasha Waltz & Guests: Beethoven 7

  • 3 performances

    14.5-16.5.2024

  • Duration

    1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    52-25 €

Catering
  • Show times

    Tue 14.5. at 7 PM


    Wed 15.5. at 7 PM


    Thu 16.5. at 7 PM

  • Please note that the performance includes loud music and strong lights!

Introduction

The renowned group of European dance comes to Finland with a new masterpiece.

Choreographer Sasha Waltz, celebrating 30 years as an artist, brings to Dance House Helsinki Beethoven 7, a two-part choreography for 13 dancers that explores Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and the interpretations it evokes. The piece received its world premiere in 2023.

The evening starts with a commissioned electronical work by contemporary composer Diego Noguera titled Freiheit/Extasis. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 in A Major, op. 92, is heard in its entirety in the second part of the evening. This music originated in 1812, when Beethoven was already going deaf, and touches on topics of his time that are still relevant to us today: the failure of a revolution, a friction between the desire for societal transformation and restoration, and the accompanying loss of freedom and future perspectives.

The performances are part of the Dance House Helsinki's series of international guests, which brings the most interesting dance groups and artists to Finland. The series is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

“Personally, my challenge, always, is to delve into the unknown and talk about the now. It’s painful, you have to face your fear and jump. But we are the performing arts: We have to give form and body to what we are feeling and living.”

- Sasha Waltz, New York Times

The performances are part of the Dance House Helsinki's series of international guests, which brings the most interesting dance groups and artists to Finland. The series is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

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Ticket information

Standard ticket | 52 / 44 €
Discount ticket | 32 / 25 € Under 25, students, unemployed, civil servants and conscripts. Please be prepared to present a certificate entitling you to a discount.
Pensioners | 47 / 40 €
Professional ticket | 32 / 25 € Members of STST and SVÄV: 26 €. Purchase limit one ticket.
Group ticket | 44 / 38 € person (10 persons and above). Group ticketes can be purchased online or contact Dance House Helsinki: info@tanssintalo.fi

Pay What You Can | A small number of "Pay What You Can" tickets are also on sale for the performance. PWYC tickets are available at the info point that is located at the Cable Factory's Glass Courtyard and here. Read more about Pay What You Can tickets and other ticket information.

Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.


Photo: Sebastian Bolesch
Photo: Sebastian Bolesch

Credits

Choreography, concept: Sasha Waltz
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, Diego Noguera
Costumes: Bernd Skodzig, Federico Polucci
Light design: Martin Hauk, Jörg Bittner
Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig, Christopher Drum
Repetition: Yael Schnell

Dancers: Clémentine Deluy, Rosa Dicuonzo, Edivaldo Ernesto, Tian Gao, Eva Georgitsopoulou, Hwanhee Hwang, Annapaola Leso, Jaan Männima, Sean Nederlof, Virgis Puodziunas, Sasa Queliz, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina/Lorena Justribó Manion, Orlando Rodriguez

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Made in Radialsystem. Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Senate for Culture and Community.

Biography

Sasha Waltz

Sasha Waltz is a choreographer, dancer and director. She studied dance and choreography in Amsterdam and New York. Together with Jochen Sandig she founded the company Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1993 and was co-founder of the Sophiensæle (1996) and the Radialsystem (2006), two spaces for performing arts in Berlin. From 2000–2004 she was a member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne amLehniner Platz.

In the season 2019/20 Sasha Waltz was director of the Berlin State Ballet together with Johannes Öhman. The development of innovative, interdisciplinary forms of performance and creation is an important focus of her artistic work, which ranges from internationally renowned dance pieces such as “Aeneas” (2005) and exploratory dialogue projects (e.g. “Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum”). In her current choreographic work Waltz concentrates on the condensation of collaborative processes, such as the synchronous development of choreography and music (e.g. “Kreatur”, 2017).

At the same time Sasha Waltz is committed to the transfer of dance knowledge and dance as a medium of social and socio-political understanding. In 2021, Sasha Waltz created the choreography “In C” based on Terry Riley’s revolutionary and open score by the same name, which has since not only been successfully performed nationally and internationally, but has also developed into its own system with a growing community. The work consists of 53 choreographic figures that were recorded as video tutorials to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. Participatory, diverse, international and sustainable “In C” projects, workshop formats and ever new structures have developed and continue to develop from the material worldwide.

Sasha Waltz is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin since 2013. In 2021 she was awarded the French cultural order “Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.

Sasha Waltz & Guests

The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, numerous artists and ensembles from the fields of architecture, visual arts, choreography, film, design, literature, fashion and music from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions, »Dialoge« projects and films.

Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and national constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing its current repertoire of 12 active pieces in about 70 performances each year. In Berlin, the company cooperates with a wide range of municipal theatres, opera houses and museums and has contributed to the establishing of new cultural institutions such as Sophiensæle (1996), St. Elisabeth Kirche (2004) and Radialsystem (2006). 2013, the company has been named »European Cultural Ambassador« by the European Union. In 2014, Sasha Waltz & Guests was awarded the »george tabori ehrenpreis« by the Fonds Darstellende Künste.

Apart from Berlin stagings, national and international guest performances and the continual work on the repertoire, Sasha Waltz & Guests has been increasingly committed to educational and social projects. In 2007, the Children’s Dance Company (»Kindertanzcompany«) was founded and since 2016 the interdisciplinary and open exchange platform »ZUHÖREN« serves as a »third space for art and politics«. Alongside these initiatives, the company continues to propose diverse offers in the field of knowledge transfer.


The performances are part of the Dance House Helsinki's series of international guests, which brings the most interesting dance groups and artists to Finland. The series is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

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