Travelogue I – Twenty to Eight

Sasha Waltz & Guests 2007 64 Min

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Humor, aggression and sensuality are important elements of my choreographic work. Use of concrete objects, sets, film editing techniques and the grotesque movements of the silent movies are major sources of inspiration in developing my movement vocabulary. The language is expressive and emotional, but still leaves space for abstraction. The simple events of daily life with comic turning points build the contrast to the dramatic and emotionally loaded parts. I concentrate on detail and the subtlety of gestures and action to create an intricate and rhythmic picture of our time. Cliché and stereotype transform the characters into caricatures of themselves. The music is a driving force in the creation of my pieces. For TRAVELOGUE the music is an original composition by Tristan Honsinger.

Starting point of »Travelogue I – Twenty to eight« is the kitchen. On this location, five people meet. The kitchen acts as a mirror in which rituals, habits and behaviour patterns can be observed and reflected as they truly are. Through these reflections a web of relationships is woven. The characters run around, neurotic and obsessive in their actions, lonely and lost, unable to find a way out ¬¬– prisoners of their own social structures.

I like to use real objects like a fridge, a telephone or a bed to challenge my choreographic research. This is a piece about us, our life, our way of living, about the banal activities and the simplicity of things. I want to show the beauty of ordinary objects, a beauty we no longer see. Our reality becomes a dream. This piece started with our passion for movies and their stars. We decided to become our own heroes, imperfect, ugly and as beautiful as we can possibly be. I was especially inspired by Luis Bunels / Salvador Dalis »Un Chien Andalou« and Jean-Luc Godard`s »A Bout de Souffle« (Breathless).

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Production: Sasha Waltz & Guests

Choreography: Sasha Waltz

Cast: Davide Camplani, Maria Marta Colusi, Edivaldo Ernesto, Mamajeang Kim, Florencia Lamarca

Original Title: Travelogue I – Twenty to Eight

Original Language: No dialogue

Film Production Country: Germany

Website: Sasha Waltz & Guests


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