AB: Was it very unusual at the beginning to perform with Paul as a choreographic duo?
SL: Very unusual, yes. People didn't accept us to the same extent. People always wanted just one. It was strange that there were two of us. One man and one woman. But all our choreographies are based on that. It's like yin and yang. If two men choreographed something, they were seen as equals. But if a man and a woman worked together artistically, the woman was perceived in a weaker frequency.
I didn't like it at all when people saw me only as his muse and not as a creative force.
In the beginning, I didn't really care about that either, i was concentrated on my work. That changed in the moment I became a mother. That's when I started managing myself and my needs. And my priorities changed.
AB: Do you have any tips for young female choreographers? How should they behave best?
SL: You must always believe in yourself and love yourself. You must not wait for other people to come and validade your work as beautiful. You are beautiful! You have to learn to communicate and to express. Find your own style and create! Create with love and then share it.
AB: A beautiful answer. Is there such a thing as "feminine" choreography in your eyes?
SL: When I see a choreography, I don't want to see a difference. I just want to see a good choreography. It doesn't matter whether it was created by a woman or a man. Pina Bausch is the best example. She had incredible potential and influenced every choreography in her time. She was and is also my greatest inspiration.
AB: How are the women portrayed in Schmetterling? What roles do they play?
SL: I've always been interested in how women evolve through the generations, how they weave through evolution like a thread. There are the three stages in a female life: the little girl, the woman and the old lady. The inspiration for this evening are symbolically spoken: life, death and transformation. And there is one more thing to say: This evening has been created equally from the heart of a woman and the heart of a man, representing the mentioned opposites. And the evening is wonderfully realised on stage by sensitive dancers.