Veitstanz/Feixtanz

Historically, the phenomenon of St Vitus’ Dance (Veitstanz) first appeared in the Middle Ages, when groups of adults and children danced in public until they lost consciousness. In 1988, 13 women and men attempted to revisit the power of this ancient ritual in Erfurt. Dancing at sites of their own choosing, each one developed, without any music, their own movement which they then repeated to the point of ecstasy. "Shot in East Germany, home to a socialist dictatorship, the film expresses the freedom that is inherent in all of us, should we choose to grasp it." (Gabriele Stötzer)
by Gabriele Stötzer
with Harriet Wollert, Susanne Truckenbrodt, Silvia Richter, Frank Zieris, Siegfried Bauer
German Democratic Republic 1988 Without language 25’ Black/White, 2K DCP

With

  • Harriet Wollert
  • Susanne Truckenbrodt
  • Silvia Richter
  • Frank Zieris
  • Siegfried Bauer
  • Angelika Andres
  • Christian Elis
  • Ralf Gerlach
  • Monika Gießmann

Crew

Written and directed byGabriele Stötzer
CinematographyGabriele Stötzer
MontageGabriele Stötzer
Sound DesignGabriele Stötzer
ProducerGabriele Stötzer

Produced by

Gabriele Stötzer

Erfurt, Germany

+49 152 1333633

World sales

Gabriele Stötzer / Archiv „oriente ex lux"

Erfurt, Germany

+49 151 51027296

Gabriele Stötzer

Born in Emleben, East Germany in 1953, she studied at the teacher training college in Erfurt where, in the mid-1970s, she was expelled on political grounds and imprisoned for a year. She began working as a freelance artist in 1980. In 1989, she was co-initiator of the first occupation of a Stasi (East German secret police) headquarters in Erfurt. Since 1990, she has published eight books and taken part in international exhibitions. She also teaches performance classes at the University of Erfurt and holds lectures on subjects such as feminist art and on being a contemporary witness.

Filmography (Super 8 short films)

1983 Kai und Karsten 1984 Austreibung aus dem Paradies · Lokalbestimmung 1986 Frauenträume; with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt" · Spitze · Trisal 1987 Die Geister berühren; with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt" 1988 Veitstanz/Feixtanz · Kentaur · Komisch komisch; with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt" · Verführung; idea and art direction by Gabriele Göbel, with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt" 1989 ...hab ich euch nicht glänzend amüsiert ? · Erfurt 1989 · Signale 1990 Es waren zwei Königskinder; with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt" · Die Überfahrt; with "Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt"

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Dates

Berlinale Shorts II
Feb 24 21:30

Cubix 9

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 240891

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Feb 26 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 260371

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Feb 27 16:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 28 16:30

Zoo Palast 3

Subtitles: English

Shorts Take Their Time: Each film followed by a detailed Q&A

Ticket code 281562

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