by and with: Jochen Roller

„Let’s dance!“ is an audio-visual lecture format in which choreographer Jochen Roller examines the staging of dance in movies. On the example of film excerpts he explains how dance is used to drive the film plot and how it is supposed to convey different ideologies to the viewer. Since 2007 several episodes of „Let’s dance!“ were produced, each one with a different thematic or aesthetic focus. Each episode is one hour long.

Rhythm Nation – Mass Choreographies and Nation Building (Moskau, 2007)
Excerpts of North-American musicals of the 30ies and 40ies, as well as of socialist musicals from behind the Iron Curtain.

Tolle Tanten – Dance as Escape in West-German Schlagerfilm (Berlin, 2008)
Excerpts of West-German Schlagerfilms of the 50ies, 60ies and 70ies.

Get your Freak on! – Dancing and Expressing Otherness (Sydney, 2011)
Excerpts of different Hollywood movies of the 80ies and 90ies, as well as recent productions

Duration: 60 minutes