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CARMINA
8th June 2017 . 10:30PM | 80'
Sala Mário Viegas . Teatro São Luiz . Free entrance
SEBASTIAN HEINZEL (DE)

CARMINA – VIVA LA DIFFERENCE! Presents an unique international dance project. More than 300 disabled and able-bodied people – both professional dancers and amateurs - perform the world-famous Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. 

 

The central theme of this endeavour – inclusion – is one that participants come up against over and over again. The students without disability, in particular, find it difficult to be in contact with their disabled fellow dancers.

 

The film follows the participants throughout the rehearsal process as they are challenged by a team of renowned choreographers.

 

The performers have three weeks before the performance to transform from this ragtag motley crew into a convincing dance ensemble.

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Sebastian Heinzel was born in Kassel (Germany) and works as a director, cameraman and editor. He studied directing at the Film Academy Baden Wuerttemberg.

 

His fascination for the CARMINA project comes from his experience working, as a volunteer, with children with special needs. His film CARMINA won the Diversity Award at the Festival Assim Vivemos in 2015. Sebastian is the founder of HEINZELFILM.

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Choreographers: Wolfgang Stange, Volker Eisenach and Royston Maldoom

Director: Sebastian Heinzel

Cinematograpers: Sebastian Heinzel, Nathalie Schulten, Thomas Riedelsheimer

Sound Recording: Alex Rubin

Editor: Sebastian Heinzel

Score: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Production: Heinzelfilm

Funded by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Paul-Lechner-Stiftung, Aktion Mensch, MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, LFK Landesanstalt für Kommunikation

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Awards / Festivals:

Diversity Award , 7th International Film Festival Assim Vivemos, Rio de Janeiro 2015

Nominated for Best Documentary,  36th Biberach Film Festival 2014

Theatrical Release in Germany 2015

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Background

Have you ever listened to Carmina Burana, the famous scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff? And have you ever thought of this monumental composition as a unique project of inclusion? By realising ”Carmina Burana” as an inclusive dancing project the Christopherus Lebens- und Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Welzheim near Stuttgart is reviving and emphasising its concept of innovative social work. Earlier, in 2010 an impressive cathedral made from vital osier stakes had been constructed after the gun rampage at a secondary school in Albertville. Hundreds of pupils coming from the surroundings of Welzheim participated in the construction of the so-called “Zukunftsbau”. The juveniles used to experience cooperation, solidarity and mutual esteem due to joint action and the “Carmina” dancing project will again enable them to experience those values.

 

You could hardly imagine that only three weeks of intensive rehearsing would result in an ambitious performance. Remaining concentrated seems to be the pupils’ biggest challenge. The handicapped dancers become impatient and more and more angry, tears are shed because of growing despair. Furthermore, the energy of the young men needs to be canalised. They use to compete with one another during breaks, whereas it is difficult to motivate them during apathetic phases.

 

Occasionally, the ratio reverses. The handicapped person demonstrates what needs to be done. The one that used to be needy turns into an expert. What a precious change in perspectives! The “Carmina” dancing project means venturing into unchartered terrain in terms of content and form. The documentary portrays more than 300 disabled and able-bodied protagonists participating in a dancing project which is unique all over Germany. People who otherwise most likely live in parallel universes meet one another. You will notice the courses set with regards to contents.

Besides the common perspective of the able-bodied towards the disabled as well as the fact that two non-professional film teams generated from the protagonists - the documentary not only promises a richness of heterogeneous material. It also enables us to get an deeply affecting insight into our social working and living together.

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