Mary Wigman: The Soul of Dance | Arthaus 102204

Mary Wigman: The Soul of Dance


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Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 102204

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: 29th September 2014


New York, 1930, in the sold-out Carnegie Hall: Mary Wigman, alone and barefoot, leaves the stage as "high-priestess of dance". To this day, Americans celebrate her as the 'New German Dance’s' pioneer. The life of one of the most exciting 20th century artists is shown here on original sites featuring partly unpublished material.

From the birth of 'Ausdruckstanz' in Switzerland to her sensational tour across the USA, the thrilling documentation follows this exceptional dancer’s tragic life. She was always searching for the purpose of life – and finally found it in dance.

Choreographers Sasha Waltz and Susanne Linke and dance experts Hedwig Müller and Claudia Gitelman are interviewed, speaking about the life and work of Mary Wigman.

“… Dance. Powerful and desolate, diabolical and austere, and yet still fresh, new and unprecedented, although the choreography is often more than eighty years old. In their stirring documentary about the dance-revolutionary Mary Wigman, the directors Christof Debler and Norbert Busè substantiate perfectly that dance culture around the world today only possesses such an unconfi ned and impulsive approach because Mary Wigman was the one who gave it the decisive impetus towards liberation.” - Der Spiegel

Bonus Features:
- Mary Wigman’s diary of her dance tour across America in the 1920s
- Motion studies from the 1930s
- Interview with Mary Wigman’s last student Helmutt Gottschild
- Extended version of the interview with Sasha Waltz

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC
Audio Languages: DE, FR
Subtitles: GB
Running Time: 52 mins & 40 mins (Bonus)
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0
Worldwide available

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