Our next screening is a documentary on late German choreographer Pina Bausch’s project, a preparation for her famous dance piece “Kontakthof”

 

DAMEN UND HERREN AB 65 – LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OVER 65

(2003, 70 min, dir. Lilo Mangelsdorf, ENGLISH VERSION)

 

DATE: 29 OCTOBER

TIME: 5.00 p.m.

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251

 

About the film:

They could all have been sitting at home enjoying their pensions but instead they answered a small ad: “Ladies and Gentlemen over 65 needed”. The Wuppertal Choreographer, Pina Bausch, was putting on a new production of her dance piece “Kontakthof”. This time with elderly amateurs. The film accompanies these people already with a full professional life behind them now facing a new challenge. They must use their energy and life experience to cross boundaries and break conventions. At first, the work jeopardizes people’s self-images: Ex-heads of companies are forced to swallow non-stop criticism.

But relatively quickly, interviewees speak of the empowerment they feel as they start to inhabit their roles. All kinds of permutations on the male/female dance are simultaneously emotionally validated and savagely parodied.

The sense of accomplishment and camaraderie among the 26 members of the troupe is extraordinary, as they articulately tell of reinventing themselves in undreamt-of ways, the variously passive or aggressive, peaceful or angry movements of the dance providing an unexpectedly creative outlet for lifetimes of experience.

Tech credits are uniformly excellent, particularly Sophie Maintigneux’s lensing which works brilliantly with Bausch’s choreography.

 

ALL WELCOME! 

For further details please contact:

 

Dr Marion Pape

Head, German Studies

University of KwaZulu-Natal

School of Arts

Durban, 4041

Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za

Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380

Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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