Sasha Waltz and Georg Friedrich Haas are looking for harmony
Barely begun, already gone: This is how the dream of a co-directorate reconciling classical and contemporary dance at the Staatsballett Berlin unfolded. In light of the hasty end of the dual leadership of Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman, Waltz’s first personal creation for the Staatsballett also acquires a different appearance. Her opening symphony has suddenly become a farewell concert. “Sym-phonie 2020” will have its world premiere in April, despite all the underlying turbulence. The creation “for dance, light and orchestra” was, according to advance notice, created in a parallel creative process with the composer Georg Friedrich Haas. His commissioned work for the Staatskapelle Berlin is based on a “movement libretto”: In the composition, space is deliberately created for elements determined by dance; the musical language and the physical language of the dancers are intended to form a close connection. The work between choreographer and composer is created in close cooperation and coordination. Hopefully, this work approach will affect the management level, too.