Impromptus: Sasha Waltz Flirts With Schubert

October 27, 2014 8:15 AM

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The last time I saw a piece by Sasha Waltz, she set the stage on fire. Literally. The preoccupations of that piece (Gezeiten, or Tides) were apocalyptic compared to those of the whimsical Impromptus, set to a selection of Schubert's heavenly impromptus and art songs - in a splendid performance by pianist Cristina Marton and mezzo-soprano Ruth Sandhoff, ensconced on stage in close proximity to the dancers at Cal Performances in Berkeley this weekend.

Waltz reportedly aimed for a conversation between dance and music, but there was little sign of give and take. Like a goddess in a simple, stunning white gown, Sandhoff as the stand-in for Schubert stared the dancers down as if from Mount Olympus. One could imagine the thought bubble emerging from h...

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