In 1996, the premiere of »Allee der Kosmonauten« was the very first production at the Sophiensaele. Since then, its choreographic approach has become legendary: the events of the piece center on the living room couch of a high-rise apartment in the Berlin suburb of Marzahn. Within this confined space, the feelings and movements of three generations of a Berlin family build up dangerously. The inhabitants bury their feelings in lethargy or abandon themselves to feedback loops caused by cramped living conditions. The choreographic encounter with this anxious space, crowded and colliding, triggers solutions at the limit of danceability. The lack of tenderness gives rise to uncomfortable comedy. Avenue of the Cosmonauts is one of a number of early Sasha Waltz projects which explore everyday worlds as spaces for dance interpretation. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without escape routes.
In 1998 a filmic version of »Allee der Kosmonauten« was directed by Sasha Waltz for ARTE/ZDF, which in the year 2000 was awarded the Adolf-Grimme-Preis.
Production: Sasha Waltz & Guests, kosmonaut films, arte und ZDF
Choreography: Sasha Waltz
Composition: Hanno Leichtmann, Lars Rudolph
Original Title: Allee der Kosmonauten
Original Language: No dialogue
Film Production Country: Germany
Website: Sasha Waltz & Guests