This week, as we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation from National Socialism, Eva Schaller would have premiered the piece Recalling Her Dance, her take on Austrian dancer and resistance activist Hanna Berger (1910–1962) as part of Rakete festival.
For the third episode of TQW Home, Eva Schaller dances an extract from the piece, entitled Aufruf (appeal), which was filmed in front of the “Memorial to the Victims for a Free Austria 1934–1945” at Vienna Central Cemetery. Dancer Hanna Berger had been posing for the statue “The Accusing” created by her partner, the sculptor Fritz Cremer.
“As one of the most important Austrian representatives of Modern Dance emerging at that time, she [Hanna Berger] was active in the resistance against the Nazi regime. Starting point of this work is the ‘legacy’ of the choreography The Unknown from the Seine, which was passed on to the dancer Esther Koller via a student of Hanna Berger, and in 2018 to me, ” says Eva Schaller.