Sasha Waltz

After training as a dancer in Amsterdam and New York, Sasha Waltz founded the company Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 1996, she inaugurated her production centre for theatre and modern dance, Sophiensaele, with the show Allee der Kosmonauten. She was also a member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne from 1999 to 2004. That same year, she created her first opera, Dido & Aeneas. Sasha Waltz's dance is at once carnal and abstract, and she conceives the scenography of her shows as an aesthetic challenge. She has received many European awards as ambassador for the arts, and in 2019 she will become co-director of the Staatsballett Berlin with Johannes Öhman. At the Festival d'Avignon, Sasha Waltz has already presented Na Zemlje et Zweiland in 1999, noBody in the Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes in 2002, Impromptus in 2004, and Dialoge 20-13 in 2013 as part of the programme Des artistes un jour at the Opéra Grand Avignon.  

Portrait of Sasha Waltz © André Rival