Dance Video by Stefanie Sixt and Anina von Molnar
to the song out of the Opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
The fate of women who compromise their dignity to become prostitutes in the City of Mahagonny (Sodom and Gomorrha) is the subject of "Alabama Song".
In 1926 the text was primarily published as "Taschenpostille", translated into English by Elisabeth Hauptmann. It describes the process of self-discovery through ruthless enjoyment of an animalistic human nature. Moral is replaced by alcohol, sex and money. Pleasure is degraded, becoming a monetary product.
The basic urge for self expression and individuality is negated. Although the parameters of these gender roles slightly have changed, we still ask the same questions in our contemporary society concerning the orientation in a role pattern divided system.
The women of the "Alabama Song" as well as "Mata Hari" and the robot "Maria" are manifestations of non authentic beings, formed by the system. Theyęre shown as products of a society of few winners and many losers.
The dancer Anina von Molnar plays three roles in the clip "Alabama Song": She is housewife (plain reality), burlesque dancer (sexuality and robot) and finally herself (art). Her dancing expression shows the conflict of the three female roles and also between the urge for self-expression and the imposed gender constraints within each of the three: There are soft, fluid movements put in contrast to machine-like ones.
The deep inner need of self-awareness is suppressed, there is no room for emotions (epic theatre).
In her third role as dancer, representing art, she finally breaks from the restraints, liberated from role expectations. Imposed restrictions dissipate as do their inner representations.
The text discribes the desire for the "new moon". With the loss of "the old moon" there is a demand for new fullfilment. "Alabama Song" ends with animated, abstracted black and white nature stills.
There is a shift, parts of the projection turn to Orange - the goal is the reconnection with the self.
The audio mixes Kurt Weillęs "Alabama Song" (1956), a cover version ("Misuk"), machine noises and a low, dark sound. The filmęs ambience drags the audience away from the expected melodic quality of the song towards the underlying tones of itęs conceptual essence.
Silver Award of ITVA, Frankfurt, 2010
- 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge (12th Feb 2011)
Contemporary festival for media and art 10th-20th Feb 2011
art house meinblau, pfefferberg, berlin (http://directorslounge.net)
- Selected for Big Swebian Art Exhibition
11/27/2010 - 01/23/2011, Toskanische Saeulenhalle, Augsburg
- Selected for international competition "OnVideo" Exground Filmfestival, Wiesbaden
11/19/2010, 17:30h , Caligari FilmBuehne, 11/20/2010, 20:00h, Kulturpalast
- Pre-version opening movie of Intern. Brecht Short Film Festival
01/31/2010, 20:30h , Thalia, Augsburg
Director/Production: Stefanie Sixt, 21.02.2010 Scricpt /Editing: Stefanie Sixt and Anina von Molnar Dancer and Choreography: Anina von Molnar Singer: Lotte Lenya and Eva Gold Music: Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Misuk DoP: Xaver Schweyer Camera-Operator: Frank Baumann Camera-Assistent: Sebastian Ettinger Technician and stagecraft: Fritz Effenberger Equipment: swebecam Make-Up: Adina Buerger and Christine Schejankov Catering: Judith Simon Location: Abraxas Theatre, Augsburg