Sascha Waltz - At BAM
Just encountered Sascha Walt's choreographic dance theatre for the first time. An amazing surreal journey into a place that is both deeply uncomfortable but utterly absorbing. This two hour ride takes you through three different theatrical landscapes where dancers literally reconfigure the architecture in front of you. An immersive experience, which would be better suited to a space where the audience wasn't watching a proscenium arch theatre. But if it has to be done, BAM is your venue!
Being a part of the sound-scape, the smells of fire, the actual fire that had to be put out onstage, the floorboard being ripped up in front of you, dancers walking around with sticks inside their clothes and a cacophony of images, which put together began to make you feel like you were witnessing both Armageddon and some beautiful transformative moment, was such a treat.
It's not easy work to digest. And it's definitely not everyone's taste. But it reminds me of the visceral masterpieces of Castelluci and other prolific image makers who fearlessly give a public something less literal, less easy and less obvious. Amazing. So glad I went tonight.
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notes from the city of stairs
I'm currently studying towards a MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) in play writing at Columbia in New York City. This page is for me to collect my thoughts, scribbles, images, ideas and inspirations over the next three years. Enjoy the rambling :-)