short film by
Editta Braun & Menie Weissbacher
AT 2022/23, 19 min.
Premiere: 22 November 2022, 19:30
Strange LUVOS beings from the editta braun company's body illusion theatre conquer the screen to Thierry Zaboitzeff's powerfully sensitive music, set to images by Menie Weissbacher & Editta Braun.
The 19-minute film LUVOS migrations tells of creatures that wander through a world dominated by humans. It seems to remain open whether there is room for such fragile creatures in these landscapes devastated by human civilisation.
Vision of the future or images from a parallel universe?
directing: Editta Braun & Menie Weissbacher
composition, recording, mixing: Thierry Zaboitzeff
camera, post-production, animation: Menie Weissbacher
dance: Martyna Lorenc, Anna Maria Müller, Sonia Borkowicz, Berta Ramírez
screenplay, choreography: Editta Braun
editing consulting Thomas: Hinterberger, Joana Scrinzi
location scouting in Austria and Kenia Menie Weissbacher
light design: Thomas Hinterberger
project development consulting: Steph Meisl, Beda Percht, Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau
making-of: Maja Mirek
gaffer girl: Malou
costumes: Lili Brit Pfeiffer
catering: Maja Mirek
distribution Antje Papke
production: editta braun company
financial support: Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports
City of Salzburg, Federal State of Salzburg
Menie Weissbacher - camera, post produkcion, animation
* 1964 in St. Martin bei Lofer, photographer and filmmaker with a large photo and film studio in Hallein, advertising photography in the fields of classic advertising, industry, image, fashion and product.
Editta Braun - artistic direction
* 1958 in Austria, pioneer of contemporary choreography in Austria. Academic degree in Science of Sports and German Language and Literature (University of Salzburg). Studied dance in Paris and New York, teaches at the University of Salzburg and at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz. Has created more than 30 productions (physical theater, dance) and tours world-wide with her company. Characteristics: intercultural collaborations, politically engaged, feminist view on society and theater. International Prize of Arts and Culture of the City of Salzburg in 2014, Great Prize of Arts of the Region of Salzburg 2017.
Thierry Zaboitzeff - composition
Born 1953 in the north of France. Founder and composer for the Avantgarde-Rock- Formation ART ZOYD, touring world-wide. Since 1995 solo and group-formation projects. Freelance composer and musician for film, dance, theater, events. Publishing of 28 Albums.
Thomas Hinterberger - light design, coaching film dramaturgy
* in Linz, director and lighting designer, productions in Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, founding member of Theater Phönix Linz, technical directors of, among others, Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Festival Cour des Capucins Luxembourg, Art Zoyd, Vorgänge, Cataracts, Lawine Torrén. Theatre der Jugend Vienna, Theater Phönix Linz. Since 2006 director of the HörTheater series at the
Anna Maria Müller - dance
Born 1980 in Salzburg, Mag. phil., dance education at the Arts Educational School (London), University Vienna and Anton Bruckneruniversity Linz. Since 2005 freelance dancer, choreographer. Founds 09 the Pilates Studio Innsbruck. Since 2006 member of editta braun company. Performs with e b c in: Abseits, Paradies, Coppercity, Matches of Time, Luvos, CLOSE UP, Close Up 2.0, Fanghoumé, Hydráos, Hydrolákis, vol. 1, Luvos migrations.
Martyna Lorenc - dance
Born in 1987 in Poznań, Poland. Choreographer, performing artist, researcher. MSc. Cognitive Science, BA dance & pedagogy. Long-term member of ebcie and C.O.V. Company Off Verticality/Rose Breuss. Engagements with Alex Gottfarb, Alexandra Waierstall, Rosalind Crisp, Georg Blaschke, David Zambrano, a.o. Co-founder of Lab On Stage art collective. Creates own choreographic works, often in experimental formats. Her work draws from interdisciplinary research. Performs with e b c in: planet Luvos, 4plus1, instant, CLOSE UP, Close Up 2.0, 4only, Fanghoumé, Hydrolákis, vol. 2, Hydráos, Human, instant, vol. 22, Luvos migrations.
Sonia Borkowicz - dance, research
Born 1993 in Poznań (PL). BA in Dance & Pedagogy in Anton Bruckner University Linz. Engagements with Isabelle Schad, Jianan Qu, Yumiko Yoshioka, Editta Braun. Founding member of artistic collaboration "Collective B". Culture manager and event curator of Body/Sound/Space and Tanzhafen Festival (Linz/AT). Performs with e b c in: 4only, instant Aphaia, instant Kaliska, Close Up 2.0, Fanghoumé, Hydráos, Luvos migrations.
Berta Ramírez - dance
* 2000 in Barcelona, started her dance studies in the school Compay&Company. At the age of 18, she started her BA in Stage Dance and Pedagogy at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. Currently, she is finishing her last year of Bachelor studies in an exchange with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Performs with e b c in: Luvos migrations.
dancers who have developed LUVOSmove®:
Martyna Lorenc, Sonia Borkowicz, Anna Maria Müller, Rosana Ribeiro, Berta Ramírez, Sandra Hofstötter, Katja Bablick, Anna Lis, Špela Vodeb, Dorota Karolina Łęcka, Andrea Maria Handler, Marcella Mancini, Agnieska Obuchowicz, Zoé Alibert, Barbara Motschiunik, Magdaléna Čaprdóva, Ulrike Hager, Lisa Hinterreithner, Sabile Rasiti, Mata Sakka, Beda Percht, Ekke Hager, Wolf Junger, Annette Mäser, Anna Hauer, Marion Hackl, Silvia Gruber
Editta Braun: "LUVOS was created in our home base Salzburg and started its successful journey from here through 40 cities in 20 countries. Everywhere we encounter astonishment and standing ovations, regardless of the cultural background of the people.
Whether in Senegal or Bulgaria, in Estonia, Scotland, Greece, Cyprus, Israel or Ireland - a LUVOS production attracts a lot of attention. And wins prizes, as it just did at one of the biggest Egyptian theatre festivals, the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.
But what is LUVOS?
We - that is, my specialised dancers and I - create beings that oscillate between animals and plants with extremely mobile and intertwined female, mostly naked bodies. The completely depersonalised dancers' bodies (face and breast are never visible) make us forget that we are dealing with human beings here. The illusion is created of being in a world all of one's own: a LUVOS universe.
This is largely determined and created by the compositions of Thierry Zaboitzeff and the precise lighting design of Thomas Hinterberger.
37 (!) years ago, in 1985, this special aesthetic was started by Kollektiv Vorgänge (around Beda Percht and myself) with a short piece, filmed by ORF and awarded a prize at the then most important European choreography competition at Bagnolet in Paris.
From 2001 onwards, I developed very different, full-length productions with generations of dancers from e b c, which we took out into the dance and theatre world. The physical and technical prerequisites that LUVOS dancers have to bring with them are so specific that over the years a highly specialised ensemble has emerged.
In the meantime, LUVOSmove® has become a certified dance technique, which I teach at university and which is being scientifically researched.
At the beginning of 2021, when international stage performances are still out of the question due to the pandemic, the desire to further develop the theme arises: What new things can be told from the LUVOS universe using cinematic means? Together with photographer and commercial filmmaker Menie Weissbacher and the specialised LUVOS team, we plunge into the adventure."