Pandemie – Eine Wiedergängerin (English)


Pandemie – eine Wiedergängerin

only available in German language

a film by

Marie Bues, Niko Eleftheriadis, Marie Ulbricht, Annatina Huwiler and Luise Heiderhoff
with texts by Natascha Gangl

direction Marie Bues

camera and cut  Niko Eleftheriadis

with Marie Ulbricht and Niko Eleftheriadis

set design Annatina Huwiler

music Siri Thiermann

film support Christopher Bühler

project coordination Luise Heiderhoff

dramaturgy support Martina Grohmann

with special thanks to  NAF/Nana Hülsewig for “Casta Diva”, Matthias Zajgier and Matthias Kaschig for camera support in the isolation and the Kaschig and Ulbricht families for letting us use their private rooms as film sets.

In the dance film ▶ COCOONING /kəˈkuːnɪŋ/ the virus brings its sweet gift to the cellar, where a kidney is doing its lonely hard work until then. In the bathroom a lung is barely able to breathe and in the living-room a uterus is always ready to receive. The heart beats everywhere and swells with the rhythm of a resuscitation. From room to room and from organ to organ, the virus pushes open doors and also the circulation.

In the theatre film PANDEMIE – A REVENANT the virus leads a female doctor and patients through the extensive labyrinth of the stage rooms of the HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES. In common quarantine they indulge in all the phases of the examination, diagnosis, education, treatment and corresponding interactions. From mutual infection, immunisation, endangerment and healing the model acrrues a hardheaded, resistant and proud community.

The HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES initially was planned as a live performance on five simultaneous stages for a a circulating audience. Due to the intrusion of a virus and the outbreak of a pandemic, this concept could not be implemented. Rather, it was imperative for everyone to stay at home and so the participants communicated online. Under influence of the applicable hygiene standards, dancers*, actors* and musicians* rehearsed in their apartments in Stuttgart, Antwerp, Richmond, Marseille, Berlin, Weinstadt, Munich and Hamburg as well as in the Theater Rampe. With their mobile phones, partly with the support of their respective domestic communities, they shot many scenes themselves. This is how the virtual HOUSE OF ANTIBODIES came into being.

Funded by the Doppelpass Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Ministry of

Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg and through the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.