Thursday, 6 June at 8:15 pm
Presentation (German) and Movie Screening (English)
memento. Leipzig / Kolonnadenstraße 1, on Dorotheenplatz
This Thursday evening memento. Leipzig Café DVD & Video Store will screen the Gene Kelly classic, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
The focus of cinema history this week is on American films of the 1950s, as part of the free series American Film History of Cinema: From Drive-ins, Sure Seaters, Musicals and CinemaScope.
Leipzig film scholar Claudia Cornelius presents these events with an introduction to the film, in German, followed by the film screening, in English.
Who doesn’t love stories, fairytales, myths and legends? Although we all enjoy a trip to the cinema, theatre or opera, traditional storytelling when done by an expert can be more enthralling than any 3D blockbuster or costumed extravaganza.
This Friday, The English Room is very proud to host award-winning storyteller Michael Kerins.
With their blend of folktales and contemporary life, Michael’s stories thrill, entertain and affect people in ways they never expected.
After his stories, Michael often invites people to tell their own, and will certainly be happy to talk about his craft.
WHEN: Friday 7th June at 7pm!
WHERE: The English Room, 54 Kathe-Kollwitz-Str
in’·va·lid or in·val’·id? We stopped using that archaic term years ago. I remember seeing DV-8’s Can We Afford This/The Cost of Living in London. Many things about the performance moved me, but what has stuck with me most was the interplay between the one dancer and another who had no legs. They explored some quite dark sides of behavior, with the dancer first being verbally abusive and then moving to very personal questions we all wonder about and finally to just talking to him as he would any other person. The whole time they were playing with level and positioning. In the end the dancer attempted to do choreography that only the man with no legs was able to do.
I am very intrigued to see how the choreographers at Tanzoffensive will approach these topics. The Lofft always has very high quality performances…I can’t wait! Here’s a quick highlight of what they have lined up:
Three people. Three stories that couldn’t be different and yet are one and the same. Dancers with and without disabilities examine the consequences of their pasts. We alternate between wonderful childhood memories and ones of deprivation. A flash of memory can save or destroy us. The dancers, themselves decide how they will be affected.
“The mixed-abled dance theater company of the villa is physical theater in the truest sense.” (From the Jury for winning the motion Leipzig Art Prize 2012)
CHOREOGRAPHY novel Windisch DANCERS Stefanie Berndt, Emilie slides, Lisa Zocher MUSIC / PIANO Franziska Tannert MUSIC / PIANO January forge ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE Heike Wenzel PRODUCTION MANAGER Marion Müller / Tanzlabor Leipzig
The Sound of It
THE SOUND OF IT is a piece about the hearing. The work focuses on the background of dance and choreography of the movement of sound in space.
THE SOUND OF IT explores the performative potential of noises. They become actors and choreographers. The audience follows the part-documentary soundtrack via headphones, while the space is recorded simultaneously by two performers. Thus, the project falls somewhere between dance and sound art. The documentary sounds were produced during a four day period at the LOFFT where extras performed a set choreography.
“On stimulating way stressful and a bit scary.” Taz
CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY Lucia Glass IDEA AND RESEARCH Lucia Glass with Manon Santkin WITH Maxwell McCarthy and extras Mathews ARTISTIC CONSULTING ENGINEER Florian Christian Valhi
Following the last performance in the PUBLIC TALK LOFFT-WG. Moderator: Dr. Thomas Kahlisch (director German Central Library for the Blind)
Particularly suitable for the blind and visually impaired. The performance takes place entirely in the dark.
Born into a period of civil war. Once familiar structures now involve risks and everyday moments can turn into unpredictable threats … How does a man navigate when his environment no longer offers security? How fragile is existence? On the contrary, what unsuspected strengths and creative energies come forth?
The project TRANSITION DIN A 13 tanzcompany examined similar emotional circumstances in environments that are historically, socially and geographically distant from each other: Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Israel and Germany.
“DIN A 13 is pure avant-garde. Gerda König can do everything, ‘just not normal’. Exhibitionism and intelligence share the same wavelength. It goes beyond the cages and dances somewhere between São Paulo and Nairobi at the pleasure, ‘that normality just is what you make of it.’ “Dance
CHOREOGRAPHY Gerda König CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANCE Marc Stuhlmann DANCERS Suranga Bopitiya, Venuri Perera, Saman Pushpakumara, Nadeeka Tharangani, Mahesh Umagiliya, Thusitha Wimalasuriya MUSIC Harsha Makalande VIDEO & CULTURAL COACH Vishnu Vasu COSTUMES Nikita Deana LICHTDESIGN Ryan Holsinger & Gerda König LIGHT IN GERMANY Gerd Weidig PRODUCTION MANAGER Gustavo Fijalkow. Based on the concept of transition Gerda König and Gustavo Fijalkow
Along side the performances are must see films at Prager Frühling. My advice? book your tickets in advance. Some performances are already sold out!