The Film Collection includes a reference library of over 6, films from various dance film categories: camera choreography, cinematic reinterpretation of repertoire, experimental dance film, documentary, dance-themed movies, musical as well as theater performance recordings.
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The Museum Educational Program includes specially designed tours and activities in which children and school groups learn about the history of dance in the Tanzmuseum Museum of Dance. Young visitors can thereby actively engage with the themes and exhibits. Adults, too, are able to participate in special tours of the Tanzmuseum as well as receive an introduction to Tanzarchiv's work, upon request.
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Germany is renowned all around the world for the Oktoberfest. This amazing celebration is a festival where traditional food and drinks are served. Besides this, you get the chance to see many traditional costumes from all the regions of Germany.
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But probably the most interesting thing to see are the dances. Germany has a very vast culture in this field and you will see variations from city to city. They are very friendly people and they will often invite to join them in their dances. We have selected some of the most famous traditional German dances in order to immerse you in this amazing cultural experience.
Zwiefacher is a very popular traditional dance in Bavaria. The translation of the name has nothing to do with the dance itself. The direct translation means double the time. You would imagine that it has something to do with the rhythm, but it is not the case.
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But something that it is very special about this dance that it is a pair dance. Some speculate that the name has something to do with the fact that the dance is between two dancers dancing closely together, which was a rare affair at the time. Expressionist dance became most famous in Germany during the Weimar period.
Mary Wigman was the leading pioneer of this movement along with Rudolf von Laban. They understood dance as a metaphysical experience. Wigman was a student of Laban, and she transformed his ideas into an existential human experience.
This dance is one of the oldest dance routines in the world and is said to date back as early as BC, but it first appeared in recordings around the year by a monk in Bavaria. This dance was mostly performed in the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps by farmers, hunters, and woodsmen.
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The male dancers wear lederhosen and suspenders with grey, green, or white knee-length socks, and the women wear dirndls. It is said that the Der Deutsche dance evolved in the midth century and is the mother of the waltz. This hopping and stomping dance routine sometimes accompanies yodeling, and was also said to have influenced the birth of the waltz.