Dance and art: choreographer Sasha Waltz

Sasha Waltz is one of Europe’s most famous choreographers. Her pieces are a combination of dance and art and always surprise audiences.

Her choreographies also deal with complex social themes, but always in a very aesthetic manner. And she does not just work with dancers either: the dialogue with other art forms particularly interests her too.

Dance and art, expression and message: Sasha Waltz’s choreography experiments with many diverse themes and media. She’s especially fascinated by live music. Her production of “Dido & Aeneas” in 2005 created a whole new genre: choreographic opera. From Purcell’s Baroque to the modernism of Berlioz or Stravinsky, Sasha Waltz’s dance-cosmos knows no boundaries. She has worked with the French composer Pascal Dusapin twice, on “Medea” and “Passion,” and created “Matsukaze” with Japan’s Toshio Hosokawa. This film portrait by Brigitte Kramer follows the internationally acclaimed choreographer over a decade and takes a look behind the scenes in her life. A testimony to her great creativity, it has a front-row seat when Waltz develops new pieces.

Interview with Yumeko Ide

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In a new series, we will make mini interviews with ballet dancers from around the world. The first part is with young, Japanese ballet dancers. In the coming weeks, we will feature other ballet dancers from all over the world. Each ballet dancer will pass the interview to the next one in a relay.

Today, we talk to Japanese ballerina Yumeko Ide, who is currently in Russia.

You may already know Yumeko, since we have featured her before as a tired ballerina and a girl reading Goethe in the window!

Hi Yumeko, how are you? Where in Japan are you from and where are you now? And are you studying or with a company now?

I’m from the city of Fukuoka in Japan . And I’m in Russia now, I am studying and working at the Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. It’s located in Ulan-Ude, which is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia.

Which is your favourite ballet to dance?

My favorite ballet to perform is ‘Don Quixote’, third act, the Kirti variation.

Who is your favourite ballerina?

My favorite ballerina is Shoko Nakamura.

What is your favourite Russian food and what is your favourite Japanese food?

My favorite Russian food is каша. (It is like oatmeal ), and my favorite Japanese food is Yakiniku and Tofu.

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Please tell us three things about life in Russia that is different from Japan!

In Russia, the winter is very cold. But they have very beautiful buildings. I especially think the churches here are very beautiful. This is the Odigitrievsky Cathedral in Ulan Ude.

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