The Art of Movement is a sensual and insightful film about three elderly dancers from Budapest. Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich and Ágnes Roboz – all between 90 and 100 years old – were once part of the early modern dance movement in Hungary. Taking the role of a dance student and dialogue partner, director Boglárka Börcsök retraces how each of the elderly dancers transformed their lives and movement practices in order to survive the major socio-political changes of the last century.
The film takes us into a personal and bodily encounter with three very different personalities and their relation to their past and present. Returning to the stage and performing in their private rooms, Irén, Éva and Ágnes reveal us an incredible richness of experience stored in their bodies. A choreography of memories.
The online premiere of The Art of Movement is hosted by Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein, and Montag Modus. The film is available to watch from Monday, 25 May, 16.00 to Friday, 29 May, 24.00. Watch the film here.
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The Art of Movement
DE 2020, 58 min., Hungarian with English subtitles
A Tanzfonds Erbe project
Cast: Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
Written and directed by Boglárka Börcsök
Artistic collaboration: Andreas Bolm
Editing: Andreas Bolm, Boglárka Börcsök
Cinematography: Lisa Rave
Produced by Whole Wall Films
Production manager: Elisa Calosi
Colour, sound: Andreas Bolm
Sound mixing: Jochen Jezzusek
English translation: David Robert Evans
Funded by Tanzfonds Erbe – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musée de la Danse/ Centre chorégraphique de Rennes et de Bretagne, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin. Supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude and József Attila Circle József Attila Circle as part of the Eastern European exchange programme, Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive, OSzMI – Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, PACT Zollverein Residency Programme, AQB – Art Quarter Budapest, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Orkesztika Foundation, weltfilm.
© 2020 Whole Wall Films & Boglárka Börcsök