Sasha Waltz & Guests' Kreatur at BAM. Photo by Stephanie Berger.
The titular creature isn’t just metaphorical. It’s real, arriving two-thirds of the way through Sasha Waltz & Guests’ 90-minute piece. Clad in a black body stocking, it radiates menacing spikes from the waist up, like a half-shorn sea urchin. This creature pads around the stage, frightening and seducing, as performers gawk, dart away, and approach curiously. To be a creature is to live in the liminal space between freak and human, setting everyone else on pins and needles.
Making its US premiere as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Kreatur investigates humanity’s fraught relationship to power, order, and ultimately each other. Less choreographer and more of a mad scientist, Waltz casts the stage as a microscope slide where fourteen dancers evolve through stages that could be dubbed chrysalis, colony, creature, and community. The transformations are . . .
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