27th Festival 2017


Fringe programme

Friday 10. Nov. // 4.00 – ca. 5.30 p.m.

From 14 years

Passage Kinos

Free reservation tickets


ARTE-film

In cooperation with 


»Mary Wigman – Die Seele des Tanzes«
(»Mary Wigman – The soul of dance«)

by Norbert Busè & Christof Debler



Mary Wigman »Abschied und Dank« (»Farewell and thanks«) (1942)

Script and direction: Norbert Busè & Christof Debler
Camera: Norbert Busè / Sound: Christof Debler

ARTE / ZDF, filmhouse & nb media
Germany, USA 2007 / Duration: 52 minutes

Film-introduction and discussion with Katja Erfurth, dancer and choreographer, Board Villa Wigman für TANZ e. V., Dresden:
Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig, and director of Tanzarchiv Leipzig e. V.


At 08. and 09. Nov. will be shown three choreographies of Mary Wigman.




Mary Wigman (1886-1973) was the most important dancer and choreographer in German Ausdruckstanz. Between 1920 and 1935, she made the new dance direction not only famous in Germany, but also in Europe and the USA. Up until today, her influence has remained relevant for modern dance.

The film shows stations in her life, her education in Hellerau and on Monte Verità in Switzerland with Rudolf von Laban, her tours and her life as a dancer in rare film footage. Interviews give an impression of meetings, among others with her student Susanne Linke, her pianist Kurt Schwaen and Sasha Waltz, on whom she had great impact.