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The video shows project participants talking about the experience of reproducing Fünf Präludien and gives insights into the rehearsal work for it.

Nils Freyer:
FIVE PRELUDES BY MARIANNE VOGELSANG FROM J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER

Born in Dresden in 1912, Marianne Vogelsang studied dance with Gret Palucca and was one of the pioneers of German Expressionist Dance. From 1971 to 1973, shortly before her death, she choreographed Fünf Präludien (Five Preludes), which took a subtle look at Bach’s work and which she passed on to the Dresden dancer and choreographer Manfred Schnelle as her final work and legacy.

In order to preserve Vogelsang’s choreographers for the future, Schnelle agreed to pass on his knowledge to a younger generation of dancers and to teach Fünf Präludien to the Berlin dancer Nils Freyer.
Schnelle died on 19 February 2016, shortly before the end of his work with Freyer. He was 80 years of age.

Michaela Isabel Fünfhausen, who was also taught Fünf Präludien by Schnelle, completed the choreography with Freyer, supported by Ingrid Borchardt, a former Professor of Modern Dance at the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden.

The pianist Ulrike Buschendorf, the accompanist for Freyer’s performances, was playing Bach’s preludes in the unusual order adopted by Vogelsang.

Credits
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Choreograph – Marianne Vogelsang
Dancer – Nils Freyer
Répétiteur – Manfred Schnelle
Pianist  – Ulrike Buschendorf
Artistic advisers – Prof. Ingrid Borchardt, Michaela Isabel Fünfhausen
and Prof. Dr. Peter Jarchow

Film recording
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The film recording shows the performance from 13 May at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Introduction by Boris Michael Gruhl (German)
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Introduction by the journalist Michael Boris Michael Gruhl at the performances at Societaetstheater Dresden on 29 and 30 September 2016

BORIS MICHAEL GRUHL
Born in Finow in 1947; theological studies in Berlin; 1974 to 1990, church minister; 1990, to 2005, adviser for cultural education of the Evangelical Youth organisation in Saxony. President of the board of the State Association for Cultural Education for Children and Young People in Saxony. Since 1990, freelance author and culture journalist, press, radio and Internet; ballet, dance and music theatre. Further training in cultural studies. Board activities for the State Association for Independent Theatre Association in Saxony and for the Association for the Promotion of Stage Dance in Dresden. Up to 2016, member of the management team of the Tanzwoche (dance week) Dresden festival. Member of the jury for the Saxony Dance Prize.

 

Performance Dates
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2016

2017

  • 12 & 16 June 2017 | Theater Osnabrück (TANZFONDS ERBE funding for guest performances)
  • 19 & 20 September 2017 | Instituto federal de Brasilia, Brasilia (TANZFONDS ERBE funding for guest performances)
  • 2 October 2017, 9 and 10 pm | Cathedral Güstrow – within the frame of Kunstnacht Güstrow
  • 8. & 9 November 2017 | Theater der Jungen Welt  – within the frame of euro-scene Leipzig (TANZFONDS ERBE funding for guest performances)

Double bill: „Afectos Humanos“ & „Fünf Präludien von Marianne Vogelsang“:

2018

2019

  • 23 March 2019 | Ernst-Reuter-Saal, Berlin-Reinickendorf
  • 19 July 2019 | Theater Putbus

 

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