Nearly everybody dances or used to as a child -playing RingaRing-o'-Roses, skipping, spinning, and jumping. Teenagers dance at parties, in the club or in the streets. People dance at feasts, for evening entertainment, or to let off steam. Dance, one of the oldest cultural practices of mankind, is an expression of elementary emotions: lust for life and happiness as well as grief or sorrow. It can also be an instrument of seduction or violence. Dancing as an art of bodies and space unites visual attraction, discipline and beauty.
Almost simultaneously with the appearance of film, several dance movements in Europe and the US line up to overcome the classical ballet. Dance is conceived as a major element of a modern physical culture, enabling people to recover to some extent from dailyenergy-sapping industrial work routines.
Already at an early stage film transforms dancing rhythms and dynamics through its own means: movements are deconstructed and re-assembled through editing, body details are highlighted, single sequences are underlined in slow-motion. A 'dancing camera' indulges itself into the rhythm of greatly choreographed ballets, balls, shows, and open air dances. To present the diversity of traditional and modern dance styles is an ongoing challenge for the cinema and its pictures in motion.
The exhibition approaches its subject in five rooms. It visits various dancing sites, shows dancers and tells dancing stories, and locates the art of dance within film genres in which choreographies enchantand transform the world.
Screenings, workshops and partys accompany the exhibition.
open: Di - So, 10 am - 18 pm
entrance: 4,50 , low. 3,50