Performance Insideout by Sasha Waltz
Mads Thygesen, AARHUS UNIVERSITY
Insideout is the title of a choreographic installation by German choreographer Sasha Waltz produced for Graz 2003 – Cultural Capital of Europe. Waltz developed this interdisciplinary piece together with twenty actors and ten musicians from Asia, Europe and North and South America. The performance was an exhibition on the topic of “lifestyles” in which the actors presented their own stories and interacted with the audience. It represented an amalgamation of the various biographies of the dancers and showed the influence of important theoretical works on the topic (Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Ulrich Beck and Richard Sennett). The result was a multi-medial performance that combined elements from different art forms (e.g. dance, theatre, video, text, photography and music) in an attempt to transform the documentary material into a both complex and intriguing aesthetic experience.
I will examine how Waltz’s performance on the one hand iterates some relatively stable contextual frames of “same-