Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Switzerland) currently presents an exhibition that focuses on the late work of the French artist Edgar Degas, known for his famous depictions of dancers. On the occasion of this unique show, Sasha Waltz, one of the most important contemporary choreographers, came to Riehen to show "Rebonds B" as part of the choreography "Continu."
With her eponymous dance company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Ms. Waltz already performed in celebration of the inauguration of museums such as Zaha Hadid's MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, and David Chipperfield's Neues Museum in Berlin. This is the first time the performances are staged during a regular visitors day in the park and in the exhibition spaces of Fondation Beyeler, however. This video shows a solo in one of the galleries that are dedicated to the Degas exhibition, including an introduction by Sasha Waltz.
Waltz was born in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1963. She studied dance at the School For New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Thereafter, she worked as a dancer in the companies of Pooh Kaye, Yoshiko Chuma & School of Hard Knocks and Lisa Krau in New York. Sasha Waltz had her breakthrough with her choreography "Alle der Kosmonauten" (1996). Since then, she is considered as a major innovator of the dance theater (Tanztheater), a style that was established and made popular by Pina Bausch. In 2011, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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