Mon 14.02.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

World Premiere: SYM-PHONIE MMXX

collage by Cyan with photos by Bernd Uhlig collage by Cyan with photos by Bernd Uhlig

On March 13, 2022, the Staatsballett Berlin stages the world premiere of Sasha Waltz and Georg Friedrich Haas' SYM-PHONIE MMXX for dance, light and orchestra co-produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Two years after the originally planned world premiere, the production will be staged at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Sasha Waltz created a new work for dance and music at the Staatsballett Berlin. The choreographer commissioned the renowned composer Georg Friedrich Haas to compose original ballet music for a joint creation. After numerous operas, this is his first official stage work for dance.

Composed for a large symphonic ensemble of the Staatskapelle Berlin, the music gives room to elements defined by dance, which create a close connection between musical language and the dancers' body language. Georg Friedrich Haas is one of the most successful contemporary music composers. His success is due in part to his utopic urge, "unattainable in hundred percent perfection," to create new music that is both expressive and soothing ― not despite of its newness but precisely because it is new.

The production's concept, in the best tradition of dance history, is based on the inspiring encounter of the arts and has been declared the artistic guideline: music, dance and visual arts are transformed by Sasha Waltz and her team into a full-length work. "With SYM-PHONIE MMXX, I want to give shape to the extreme experience of our reality and create a contemporary genre scene," says Waltz, thus creating a piece of boisterous silence, repeatedly releasing all its built-up energy in a frenzy. Originally, it was set to premiere on the stage of Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2020. As it had to be cancelled three weeks before as part of corona safety measures, it will finally celebrate its world premiere two years later.

At a pre-premiere conversation on March 6, 2022, 11am, Sasha Waltz (concept and choreography), Pia Maier Schriever (stage design), Bernd Skodzig (costume design), Jochen Sandig (Managing Director, Sasha Waltz & Guests) and Matthias Schulz (Artistic Director, Staatsoper Unter den Linden) will talk about th eproduction with Dr. Christiane Theobald (Acting Artistic Director, Staatsballett Berlin).