When one thinks of dance as an art form, images of seemingly endlessly flexible bodies full of beauty, strength and youth inevitably come to mind. But the impression of lightness is deceptive. Dance is hard physical work and, as in high-performance sport, the pressure to perform is high. This takes its toll. With a few exceptions, most dancers have reached their zenith at the age of forty. The duet with their own transience begins and a possible farewell from the stage becomes foreseeable. At the same time, this maturity harbours great artistic potential, for it is their enormous wealth of experience that gives many dancers their magical charisma. The film accompanies the dancers Friedemann Vogel (1st soloist, Stuttgart Ballet), Polina Semionova (prima ballerina, Staatsballett Berlin), William Moore (1st soloist, Ballett Zurich) and Gesine Moog (dancer in Dance On Ensemble, Berlin) on a piece of their journey. All four offer personal insights into their dance careers and reflect on this threshold of "transition".

Additional Info

  • No: 8854
  • Artists: Gesine Moog, Polina Semionova, Friedemann Vogel, William Moore, Marcia Haydée, Anna Seidl, Christian Spuck, Jiří Kylián …
  • Production year: 2023
  • Run time: 00:53:00
  • Director: A film by Henrike Sandner
  • Producers: BFMI, ZDF/arte
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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