Dancing Dreams

The Contacthof dance show bears the unmistakable signature of Pina Baush and talks about the various forms that people can interact, the encounters between one and her, the search for love and affection with all the anxieties, desires and doubts that come with it. The show is about feelings, which are a great challenge, especially for young people.

For almost a year, teenagers in 11 schools in Wuppertal (Germany) have experienced an intense experience. Every Saturday, 40 pupils aged 14-18 repeat under the guidance of dancers Jo-Ann Endicott and Bénédicte Billiet and under intense observation by Pina Bausch.

Dancing Dreams, by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffman, play the rehearsals of the students culminating in the evening of the show’s premiere. Adolescents are surprised to make their first strenuous attempts to turn the ideas and elements of dance into movement, choreography, and develop a self-expression of the body. Within a year young people discover and the process they go through helps them to mature.

Pina Bausch has always encouraged young people to be themselves. At the end of the rehearsals each of them not only matured, but beyond that, they became more confident, independent and more skeptical of prejudices. By playing an unusual approach to them, the film portrays young protagonists in sensible ways and ends by shaping the portrait of an entire generation.

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