Sasha Waltz (b. 1963)
Dido and Aeneas (2005)
Sasha Waltz was born in 1963 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She studied dance with Waltraud Kornhaas and also at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. Waltz briefly worked in New York where she performed with Pooh Kaye, Yoshiko Chuma, and Lisa Kraus, among others. In 1993 she established her Berlin-based company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, with Jochen Sandig. In 1996 Waltz and Sandig co-founded the critically acclaimed sophiensaele, which has grown to become an important production house for independent European theater. From 1999 to 2004 Waltz and Sandig served as co-artistic directors of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. In 2005, the company became autonomous once more with the production of Waltz’s internationally acclaimed choreographic opera Dido & Aeneas. Since the opening of the Radialsystem V in 2006, Sasha Waltz & Guests have been intensively involved with this interdisciplinary production and training center on the banks of the Spree river. With a rented rehearsal room and its flexible performance spaces it has become an artistic home for the company.