Dancing Dreams

Director: Anne Linsel, Rainer Hoffmann

Germany, documentary, 89 min., 2010
Kaunas Film Festival dedicates this film to the memory of the recognised German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. In 2008, Pina Bausch (1940–2009) selected 40 teenagers to be part of her dance performance “Kontakthof”. It deals with forms of human contact, the encounters between the sexes, and the search for love and tenderness with all the attendant anxieties, yearnings and doubts. Young non-dancers rehearsed for almost a year under the direction of Bausch's dancers Jo-Ann Endicott and Bénédicte Billet, and under the intense supervision of Pina Bausch herself. The documentary film “Dancing Dreams” by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffman is not only a testimony to Pina’s revolutionary work. We also watch the teenagers making their first, still clumsy, attempts to transform the subjects of the dance performance into motion and choreography and to develop their own, individual body expression. Through the dance we gain wonderful insight into the dreams, desires, fears, life-philosophies and experiences of the teenagers.

About the directors:
Anne Linsel is a German journalist and writer, who also works for radio and television. She was born in Wuppertal, Germany, and studied arts, art history, German language and literature. Linsel’s directorial debut was the cycle of TV documentaries on artists, and her documentary film “Pina Bausch” (2006) was awarded at the “Dance Camera West” Dance Film Festival in Los Angeles. Rainer Hoffman was born in Hamburg and studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (1982–1987). He has been working as a director and cinematographer for documentary films since 1984. "Dancing Dreams” is their creative collaboration, preserving the last years of Pina Bausch’s life.

Section: All the muses

Screenplay: Anne Linsel

Dir. of Photography: Rainer Hoffmann

Music: Uwe Dresch, Thomas Keller, Tobias Linsel, Paul Oberle, Tim Dohnke