‘In C’ WORKSHOP
by Sasha Waltz & Guests
About the workshop:
In this workshop, by Sasha Waltz & Guests, Aladino Rivera Blanca will share the choreographic composition of ‘In C’, a structured improvisation piece by Sasha Waltz.
About ‘In C’:
In 2021, the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests began an innovative artistic process that results in the continuous production of both digital and live formats. Terry Riley’s »In C« (1964) forms the musical foundation of this, an open composition that was revolutionary at the time and is generally considered the first piece of minimalist music.
Based on this milestone of music history, Sasha Waltz and her dancers, including Aladino Rivera Blanca, developed choreographic material that follows a similarly variable structure and is deliberately designed not to be a finished stage piece. In March 2021 »In C« was performed for the first time on a livestream from Radialsystem in Berlin to the sound of a recording from 2001 (Cantaloupe Music) by »Bang on a Can« using amplified instruments from all over the world.
The score of ‘In C’ consists of fifty-three musical phrases and reads like stage directions for musicians. The thought of translating these detailed instructions into dance through a choreographic exploration of the music appealed to me. The result is an experimental system of fifty-three choreographic figures for a structured improvisation with clear rules and laws. The length of the piece remains variable, as
does the number of musicians and dancers. ‘In C’ is also a very democratic score, because it gives freedom to the individual dancer within the ensemble: It is a piece about being part of a group as an individual rather than being an individual within a group. ‘In C’ is a dynamic, modular system that remains adaptable in times of pandemic. It is an exciting challenge to be able to develop so many different variations and formats from it in the future, both for professional dancers and, in the long term, for children and amateurs.
Dancers participating in this workshop must learn and be on top of the choreographic phrases (which will come in the ‘In C’ tutorial that will be sent once the participant registers) before the workshop starts. There is a deadline for registration, one month before the workshop starts. The participants need to have a good stamina. The two weeks workshop at Tictac will be directed will be guided by Aladino Rivera Blanca Possibly another dancer of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests will join him. This we will inform later. Sasha Waltz herself will most probably also come at the end of the two weeks to join the team.
Biography Company Sasha Waltz & Guests:
The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles from the fields of architecture, visual arts, choreography, film, design, literature, fashion and music from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions, »Dialoge« projects and films. Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and national constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing its current repertoire of 12 active pieces in about 70 performances each year.
Biography Aladino R. Blanca
choreographer – dancer & teacher
ALADINO works as a guest dancer for Sasha Waltz & Guests (Germany) in several projects since 2015. He has worked as well with the choreographer Dave St. Pierre (Canada) for the creation “Un peu de tendresse, bordel de merde!”. Since 2008 until 2015 he danced in several shows as a guest dancer for the company Kubilai Khan Investigations (France) directed by Frank Micheletti. Aladino has, as well, worked in a variety of projects and he has collaborated with other kinds of artists. He performed and acted in the creation “Agrypnia” under the direction of Despina Panagiotopoulou (theater director based in Greece) and in “Testamento” under the direction of the choreographer German Jauregui (Spain) and ASYC de Alicia Sanchez (México) for several shows.
ALADINO is regarded as one of the young upcoming artistic directors, recognised by his courage and the artistic explosion on stage without fearing of being criticised by the audience. He has been awarded by the most important national institution of arts in México city. In 2008 Aladino started Inside The Body performing arts and since then the independent company has produced several creations: Dogs & Angels, Maybe, Mexican Corner, Firdus, Wakaranai, waiting to breathe, Happy times en momentos k-brones! & L`absence among others.
Since the very beginning, Aladino is always searching for a way to collaborate with different disciplines of art and in the meantime doing coproductions with other companies around the world.
FORBES magazine mention Aladino, as one of the best mexican creators of art in 2017
1 Place Award by festival internacional agite y sirva by the short film Strophe
Biography Sasha Waltz:
Sasha Waltz is a choreographer, dancer and director. She studied dance and choreography in Amsterdam and New York. Together with Jochen Sandig she founded the company Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1993 and was cofounder of the Sophiensaele (1996) and the Radialsystem (2006), two spaces for performing arts in Berlin. From 2000-2004 she was a member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. In the season 2019/20 Sasha Waltz was director of the Berlin State Ballet together with Johannes Öhman. The development of innovative, interdisciplinary forms of performance and creation is an important focus of her artistic work, which ranges from internationally renowned dance pieces such as the »Travelogue« trilogy (1993-95) or »Körper« (2000) to choreographed operas (e.g. »Dido & Aeneas«, 2005) and exploratory dialogue projects (e.g. »Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum«). In her current choreographic work Waltz concentrates on the condensation of collaborative processes, such as the synchronous development of choreography and music (e.g. »Kreatur«, 2017). At the same time Sasha Waltz is committed to the transfer of dance knowledge and dance as a medium of social and socio-political understanding. She is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin since 2013. In 2021 Sasha Waltz was awarded the French cultural order »Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres«
Deadline for registration is 8 April.
The registration happens by paying the whole workshop fee at once. When Tictac receives the payment, it will send an agreement (with the company of Sasha Waltz & Guest) which the participant needs to sign before receiving the tutorial with all the information of ‘In C’. The tutorial will be send as soon the signed agreement is received.
Monday till Saturday
May 8th till 13th and 15th till 20th
10:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 17:30
At Saturdays the workshop time might be adapted and finish earlier (16:00).
€750 (lunch is included)
At the end of the workshop will be a performance moment by the participants. The exact time and at which day we will be mention later. So when you register and arrange your planning, keep the last three days and evenings still available for the workshop till later notice.
Picture by ©Jo Glinka