Sasha Waltz & Guests
Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall
October 24, 2014
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2014
The German choreographer and her international cast are rare guests in the Bay Area. Sasha Waltz brought "Zweiland" some fifteen years ago; "Allee der Kosmonauten" in 2001; and, courtesy of the SF International Arts Festival, "Travelogue I--Twenty to eight" in 2009. Now, she returned, in her only US appearance -- what's the matter with our presenters? -- with the delightful 2004 "Impromptus." Those who expected another of Waltz's probing and socially grounded dance theater pieces, might have been disappointed. (At BAM, where I first encountered the work, some people walked out.) For the rest of us, "Impromptus" offered a rather extraordinary co-existence of music and dance. The piece revealed its translucent facets like a hard diamond under the light. And yet "Impromptus" was so evanescent that you didn't dare to breathe.
Sasha Waltz & Guests in "Impromptus." Photo © Sebastian Bolesch