“You cannot acquire dignity – it is a birthright.”
In Germany, the dignity of every human being is protected by the country’s constitution. Nonetheless, it is violated every day. Bernd Kauffmann, the artistic director of the Movimentos Festival Weeks, said: “This is reason enough for the Movimentos Festival Weeks to delve into this value and the truth behind this precious quality. You cannot acquire dignity – it is a birthright. It is our responsibility to stand up to the growing level of egregiousness and indignity.”
Can you dance “dignity”? Movimentos will give it a try and show how it is done. For 16 years now, dancers from all parts of the world have been coming to Wolfsburg each year and inspire visitors to the festival. International artists from contemporary dance, jazz and classical music along with leading German actors can be experienced in the Autostadt, the Volkswagen KraftWerk and cultural venues in Wolfsburg and Braunschweig. Dance companies will not just simply perform 12 choreographies in the KraftWerk. They will also offer three European premiers, six German premiers and two co-productions. Jazz icons like Gregory Porter and Mario Biondi with the sonorous bass voice will perform in the ZeitHaus. For classic music lovers, Annika Treutler, Kit Armstrong and the Ensemble Risonanze Erranti will present world premiers. The program will be rounded out by readings and performances by Iris Berben, Sophie Rois, Burghart Klaußner, Boris Aljinovic and other actors.
An open podium discussion will explore the theme of the Festival Weeks on April 9, and young dancers of the Movimentos Academy dance class will perform their choreography on the topic of “dignity.” You will find the program at http://www.movimentos.de/en/program/.
“The festival draws its life from one idea: to show world-class art in small and large formats as a way of creating venues for discussion and experience. To achieve this goal, we create space for culture. Claudius Colsman and I are fully committed to the cultural mission of the Autostadt, and we look forward to actively enhancing it.”
During the festival, the Movimentos Academy will give interested laypersons from various age groups the opportunity to explore and cultivate their own creativity. Promoting young, talented individuals has become one constant of the cultural program at the Autostadt. In an intensive rehearsal phase, young dancers practice their own choreography. During workshops conducted simultaneously, music, stage scenery, costumes, makeup and acting can be tried out as well. For information about participation please visit Movimentos Homepage.
- Tickets for all 51 events of the 16th annual Movimentos Festival Weeks will go on sale at 9 am on Monday, January 29.