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Impressions jury meeting Kleinkunstpreis Baden-Württemberg (short films)

In 2009, a film about the meeting of the jury for the award of the Kleinkunstpreis Baden-Württemberg was created for the first time. Further orders followed for 2010 and 2011.


The films about the jury session were presented at the award ceremony at the Europa-Park Rust. (2009-2011)


Kunst-Stück (short film)


Creative partnerships between primary schools, kindergartens and cultural institutions.


Prelude: "That feels good!" - Experimental use of natural materials


The project was a collaboration of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Akademie Schloss Rotenfels. As opening part a film was created, which was filmed in the Evangelical daycare center in Gaggenau. Under the direction of visual artist Susanne Wadle the children should deal with natural materials in a playful and experimental way.


The film was presented in 2008 at the State Gallery in Stuttgart. (2008)


Iphigenie in Aulis (projection)

The video was produced for the opera "Iphigenie in Aulis" at the Theater Ulm (directed by G. H. Seebach). In the Ulm production, the goddess Artemis occurred in a larger than life video projection. (2002)

Photo: Botzenhardt

Maybe (short film)

This short film was planned as a video projection for a solo dance project. The solo told the story of a man who just lost his girlfriend. The originally planned four short films should be shown as projections during the performance to allow retrospects on the previous story.


The short film "Maybe" was the first part of the planned quadrology. Placed in an urban railway, there is a man on his daily way to work. At one stop a woman gets in, he has never seen before. She tears him away from his lethargy and draws his attention. The video camera takes the man's perspective. There is only a brief eye contact, before the woman gets out again. A reunion can only be possible by chance.


The second short film of the quadrology was still filmed, but not completed, as the financial support for the project failed. (2002)



Schubert-Sonate (projections)

The video projections for the ballet evening "30 Deutsche und 1 Sonate" are directly connected with the set design of the first part of the production (piano sonata in B flat major D960 by Franz Schubert): The stage was designed in a 360° view with a dividing wall in the middle. The dividing wall had only narrow passages through which the viewers on one side could only see fragments of the events on the other side of the stage.


Most parts of the choreography ran with a time lag on both sides, except two duets, for which the video projections were created. The duets just ran once on one side of the stage, while at the same time there was no action on the other side. The audience on this side only could catch brief moments through the narrow passages of the dividing walls, which should create a feeling of "missing something". However, on this side of the stage there was a television monitor with the video projection. The aim of this projection was not to transfer the choreography, but communicate impressions and images. Both video projections were caught in a extreme close-up of the dancers, so there was no documentary impression of the danced choreography. Dedicated to the very narrow image section, moments emerged, where the dancers "disappeared" and the camera had to try tracking back the dancers again. This technique should establish a feeling of a live recording for the audience.


Stylistically, the two video projections differ in one aspect: While in the first video projection the camera follows only the female dancer to create the imitation of a person who "can't leave the eyes of her", the camera in the second projection is switching the focus from one dancer to the other, depending on who has the more interesting choreographical part. (2001)

Die Judenbuche (projections)

The video projections to the opera "Die Judenbuche" (based on the story by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff) consisted of a slideshow and three short films. For stage technical reasons, the videos were ultimately not used in the final production.


Video projection I - The seasonal circle

For the production of these video projections an enormous lead of time was needed and began about one year before the premiere. As between the story of the first and second part of the opera passes a large amount of time, this should be symbolized by a video shown at the beginning of the second part. In addition to portraits of the main characters in different aging stages and phases of life, the duration should also be symbolized by nature shots. Over a one year period photo and video footage of landscapes and gardens around Ulm was collected and finally combined with the portraits in the video. (2002)


Video Projection II - short films

The three short films showed work stages of author Annette von Droste-Hlshoff (played by actress Ulla Willick): As she writes the beginning and a core scene of the story and how she completed her novel. The videos about the author and the production of her short story should add another narrative level to the opera: Everything that the author writes on a sheet of paper became a short time later reality on stage. (2002)