Hotel Müller from João Salaviza
Lissabon Wuppertal Lisboa
from Fernando Lopes
Lissabon/Wuppertal/Lisboa is a documentary by Fernando Lopes about the creation process of the three-week artistic residence of Pina Bausch and her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, in Lisbon, for the Expo'98 100 Days Festival. The film documents the contributions and reactions of a group of artists who would become part of the cast of the piece created by Pina Bausch, Masurca Fogo, with the city of Lisbon as its central theme.
Between the 2nd and the 20th of September, 1997, with an attentive but discreet look, the camera of Fernando Lopes registers through the camera the essence of Pina Bausch's creation methodology: trough field research and an inner reflection on challenges and questions posed by the choreographer, a work of sharing and creation takes place based on the contributions of the dancers, towards the final product, the piece. The film is structured in parts that result from filming both in Portugal and in Germany, recording the research process, creation, studio activity and even the relaxation, sharing and complicity between the cast and the choreographer.
If on the one hand Lissabon/Wuppertal/Lisboa shows us Pina Bausch's way of working in a documental way, Hotel Müller, on the other hand, is a tribute to her work, not in a biographical way, but in a performative way. This work's starting point is the play Café Müller, which the dancer danced for the last time in the city of Lisbon, one year before her death. Hotel Müller is a timeless and autonomous film, with a great symbolic meaning, highlighting the coverage of Pina Bausch's work, not only through dance and theater, in its relationship with space and time, but also through issues such as interpersonal relationships, communication difficulties, and uncertainties. It is, therefore, an intersection between two worlds: Pina Bausch's artistic world and the everyday issues that anyone, at any time, can relate to.
Lissabon/Wuppertal/Lisbon and Hotel Müller are two films made with totally different registers, but with a common inspiration: Pina Bausch's universe and the way she represented the experiences lived through dance.
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Director: João Salaviza
Argument: João Salaviza
DOP: Vasco Viana
Edition: Mariana Gaivão, João Salaviza
Direction Assistance: Emídio Miguel, Nádia Henriques
Artistic Direction: Nádia Santos Henriques
Make-up: Márcia Lourenço
Interpretation: Rita Só, David Pereira Bastos, Sylvia Rijmer, João Pedro Vaz
Lissabon Wuppertal Lisboa
Director: Fernando Lopes
DOP: Manuel Costa e Silva
Camera: Miguel Ceitil, Manuel Costa e Silva
Machinist: Carlos Sequeira
Direction Assistance: Fátima Ribeiro
Videography: Miguel Ceitil
Special Collaboration: Maria João Seixas
With the members of Tanztheater Wuppertal, etc.
Maria João Mayer
Film producer for over 10 years and has worked with some of the Portuguesw most renowned filmmakers. In 2015 she was one of five women distinguished at the Awards "Mulheres Criadoras de Cultura" promoted by the Office of Cultural Strategy, Planning and Evaluation of the Ministry of Culture.
Maria José Fazenda
Professor at the School of Dance of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL). PhD in Anthropology from ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Researcher at CRIA - Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia. Organized the anthology Movimentos Presentes: Aspectos da Dança Independente em Portugal (Cotovia and Danças na Cidade, 1997), and is the author of Dança Teatral: Ideias, Experiências, Ações - 2nd edition revised and updated (Colibri, 2012 [Celta, 2007]).