After all this
will we step out transformed?
great to step out of what
we know so well
about our profession,
if we are not
in an existential survival mode
Live online dances, festivals and meetings around the world are just the beginning. We are now all doing projects we didn’t have time before
it’s a time for archive
reflection and refocus on what is necessary.
There is an uncertainty that brings spontaneity
We are living in the moment, when we were used to plan our life for years ahead. I always felt imprisoned by the thought of 3 mountains of work in front of me.
I enjoy the moment were I don’t know
Everything is open
also in the arts we have followed the market
too much in too little time
and too expensive
let’s produce in longer periods, more careful
emphasis on the people, the actors, dancers, singers.
Play en-suite rather than repertoire,
Institutions have to radically reform.
Institutions are supposed to be there for the arts but it’s the other way around the art is serving the institutions.
We shouldn’t accept the inequality of artists employed in permanent ensembles anymore and the insecurity and precariousness of independent artists and ensembles. We need a basic income (Grundeinkommen)! Why Art? we seem to be unnecessary
We are having a climate crisis – fires, storms, floods, droughts – we are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis, losing thousands of species, we have a pandemic, a locust plague in Africa, hunger and war and murder out of racism
I want to give up
And work in a garden
grow vegetables and be an activist rather than an artist
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 the Sophiensæle in 1996. From 2000-2004 she was a member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. In her current choreographic work Waltz focuses on the condensation of collaborative processes, such as the synchronous development of choreography and music (e.g. ‘Kreatur‘, 2017).