OPFER/The Sacrifice of Kareth Schaffer (2013)

OPFER/ The Sacrifice of Kareth Schaffer premiered on 15.11.2013 at HAU 2 in Berlin.


At least 186 choreographers have attempted “Le Sacre du Printemps.” In Nijinsky’s conception it may once have been synonymous with scandal; however, for many decades thereafter it constituted a badge of achievement for the ambitious choreographer. Why would a young choreographer do yet another version of Sacre? Sacre is no longer about innovation: it ensures that a pagan time, a circular time, is honored. Between market imperatives, personal desires, and a whole lot of historical baggage, the sacrifice must still be prepared. In OPFER/The Sacrifice of Kareth Schaffer, the Chosen One explains why there was never much choice involved.

Choreography/Performance: Kareth Schaffer
Costume: Stine Frandsen
Advice: Lee Meir, Julek Kreutzer, Martin Hansen
Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation