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GERMAN DANCE FILM INSTITUTE BREMEN:
DANCE WITNESSES

The German Dance Film Institute Bremen produced the portrait series Zeugen des Tanzes (Dance Witnesses) as part of TANZFONDS ERBE.

The film project focused on the reflections of six protagonists who had a major impact on the dance landscape from post-war Germany up to the turn of the century. The death of artistic contemporaries always results in the additional loss of an important part of biographic, dance-historical evidence, even if the subsequent generation is left repertoire choreographies, books, photos, articles and reviews.

The six portrait subjects are Klaus Geitel (b. 1924), Nele Hertling (b. 1934), Gisela Peters-Rohse (b. 1938), John Neumeier (b. 1939), Johann Kresnik (b. 1939) and Susanne Linke (b. 1944). Interviewed by an experienced dance journalist, each contemporary witness talks about key developments in German dance history, from a modern day perspective, as well as their own role in it.

Taking up the tradition of ‘oral history’, the aim of the project was to make the entire breadth of German dance heritage accessible to a wide audience in a lively way.

Credits
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Artistic director of the project – Irmela Kästner
Co-director and representative from the German Dance Film Institute – Heidemarie Härtel

The protagonists
Nele Hertling (former director of the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, Berlin, and deputy director of the Academy of Arts, Berlin), Klaus Geitel (dance journalist), John Neumeier (choreographer), Johann Kresnik (choreographer), Gisela Peters-Rohse (dance educator), Susanne Linke (choreographer)

The journalists involved
Katja Schneider, Arndt Wesemann, Norbert Servos, Gabriele Wittmann and Irmela Kästner

Film production
German Dance Film Institute, Bremen, and fact+film, Bremen

Performance Dates
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2016

  • 10 June 2016 | German Dance Film Institute Bremen – portrait of Nele Hertling
  • 10 January 2017 | German Dance Film Institute Bremen – portraits of Gisela Peters-Rohse and Klaus Geitel

2017

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