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Dance Fight Love Die With mikis on the road

A film by Asteris Kutulas

Film Stills © by Asti Music & Behind the Scenes photos © by Asteris Kutulas, Stella Kalafati, Achilleas Gatsopoulos, Privatier, Ina Kutulas & Asti Music

DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE - WITH MIKIS ON THE ROAD

FEATURING MIKIS THEODORAKIS, SANDRA VON RUFFIN & STATHIS PAPADOPOULOS

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY MIKE GERANIOS

MIKIS THEODORAKIS ON THE ROAD 1987-2017 FILMED BY ASTERIS KUTULAS

EDITING BY CLEOPATRA DIMITRIOU & YANNIS SAKARIDIS

MUSIC EDITING, MIXING & MASTERING BY ALEXANDROS KAROZAS

LOGGING BY INA KUTULAS

ART DIRECTION BY ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS

CO-PRODUCED BY YANNIS SAKARIDIS & ERT

CO-PRODUCED BY SCHOTT MUSIC

WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY ASTERIS & INA KUTULAS

DIRECTED BY ASTERIS KUTULAS

The SATELLITE CLIPS from the unused material.

Synopsis DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE ist ein überbordendes visuelles Epos, ein clip-artiges, poetisches Roadmovie, eine assoziative Filmcollage. Dabei dreht sich alles um das Universum des Komponisten Mikis Theodorakis, den Ausnahmekünstler eines dramatischen Jahrhunderts, der weltweit Millionen inspirierte, das Enfant terrible der jüngeren europäischen Musikgeschichte. // Asteris Kutulas begleitete Theodorakis von 1987 bis 2017 und ließ dabei immer wieder seine Videokamera laufen: 3 Jahrzehnte, 4 Kontinente, 100 Drehorte, 600 Stunden Filmmaterial. // In seinem Film verwebt Kutulas sehr persönliche Momente mit Archiv-Material, dokumentarische Aufnahmen mit humorvoll-grotesker Fiktion und Theodorakis’ Musik mit ihrem Widerhall in den Interpretationen zahlreicher vorwiegend junger Künstler, u.a. als Jazz-, Klassik-, Electro- und Rap-Version. // 90 Minuten Musik, kaum gesprochenes Wort. DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE – ein unikaler Film über Inspiration, Eros und Thanatos.

Between 1987 and 2017, Germany-based author, producer and film-maker Asteris Kutulas often accompanied the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis on his travels – and kept his video camera rolling. The resulting recordings of rehearsals, concerts, CD recordings, opera and ballet productions – mostly on tour, but also at one-off events and private meetings – comprise more than 600 hours of unseen and not published yet footage. They tell of Theodorakis’ travels and travails in a. o. Athens, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Jerusalem, Montreal, Santiago de Chile, Vienna, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Pretoria, Malmö, Istanbul, Madrid, Zurich, Mauthausen, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Chania as well as many other locations around the globe.

Mikis Theodorakis & Asteris Kutulas, East Berlin 1985 (Photo © by Privatier/ Asti Music)

DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE is be based on over 600 hours of filmed material starring Mikis in any possible situation (traveling, singing, conducting, rehearsing, meeting people etc.). Asteris Kutulas has shot all this footage since 1987 in dozens of countries, and he complemented this material with some additional "fictional" shootings (filmed by DOP Mike Geranios) for adding some missing storytelling elements necessary for producing a fascinating docufiction film. For this fictional layer of the film Kutulas was inspired by Theodorakis' autobiography "The ways of Archangel".

Thus the extensive footage, covering a span of 30 years, not only highlights key moments of an extraordinary musician’s career, but also plenty of extreme life events and experiences. Taken together, all these glimpses and insights come together in a “Theodorakis universe”; a cosmos of sparkling and bleak high- and lowlights; a cosmos ever-present in the “episodes” caught by the camera’s eye. These sensitive and formative moments define, mark and accentuate Theodorakis’ life as a composer, poet, well-read maverick and visionary who somehow travelled the world like a Greek rock ‘n roller to treat his grateful audience to hundreds of concerts.

A life caught up between the two poles of Greek and European music, between popular and symphonic traditions, between centre and periphery, between Athens and Paris, between Greece, Europe and all other continents, between intimacy and public persona, between a tree on Crete and roads in Frankfurt and Sidney or the roll call area of Mauthausen’s concentration camp, between hat and headphones in a studio, a restaurant’s table setting and an embassy door. Music and images, run through machines to be perceived by actual people. Seen and heard, spoken and sung, shown, discarded and reintroduced.

(poster drafts by Dominik Kokocinski & Achilleas Gatsopoulos)

Director's Statement In DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE offenbart sich für mich die Geburt eines Films aus dem Geiste der Musik. Als Kind griechischer Bürgerkriegsflüchtlinge wuchs ich zuerst in Rumänien, dann in der DDR mit Theodorakis’ Musik auf. Das künstlerische Griechenland war uns in der Diaspora als einzige Heimat geblieben. „Unterwegs mit Mikis“ dokumentiert eine visuelle Annäherung, eine Verfolgungsjagd, eine Blickachse hinüber zum Kosmos des Komponisten Theodorakis. Ein hybrider Film über ein hybrides Leben, das exemplarisch zwischen verschiedenen Polen verläuft: zwischen der Peripherie und dem Zentrum, zwischen Griechenland, Deutschland, Europa und allen Kontinenten, zwischen Intimität und öffentlichem Auftritt, zwischen Schwarz-Weiß und Farbe, zwischen Garderobe und großer Bühne. Als Berliner Künstler hatte ich dabei die Mauer immer vor Augen, das Niemandsland immer im Rücken. DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE stärkt das Immunsystem. (Asteris Kutulas)

Film Stills © by Asti Music & Behind the Scenes photos © by Asteris Kutulas & Stella Kalafati

Featuring (in alphabetical order) Rafika Chawishe, Rosa Merino Claros, Uwe Förster, Constantinos Isaias, Stella Kalafati, Katharina Hein, Inka Neumann, Aiste Povilaikaite, Sofia Pintzou, Anna Rezan, Carlos Rodriguez, Marilyn Rose, Tatjana Schenk, Kat Voltage

With the Cover Orchestrators, Singers, Dancers, Soloists and Artists (in alphabetical order) Air Cushion Finish, Anna RF, Alexia, Çiğdem Aslan, Bejeranos & Microphone Mafia, Zoe Chryssanthis, George Dalaras, Deerhoof, July Dennis, Francesco Diaz, Thanassis Dikos , Maria Dimitriadi, Galina Dolbonos, Eves the Behavior, Maria Farantouri, Eliot Fisk, Ekaterina Golowlewa, Jayrope, Lakis Karnezis, Alexandros Karozas, Loukas Karytinos, Rainer Kirchmann, Maria Kousouni, Johanna Krumin, Ilse Liepa, Zülfü Livaneli, Melentini, Lorca Massine, Elinoar Moav, Petros Pandis, Kostas Papadopoulos, Maria Papageorgiou, Dulce Pontes, Anthony Quinn, Henning Schmiedt, Arja Saijonmaa, Sebastian Schwab, Margarita Theodorakis, George Theodorakis, Kostas Thomaidis, Emilia Titarenko, Vladimir Vasiliev, Tatjana Vassilieva, Kalliopi Vetta, Nadja Weinberg, Renato Zanella, Jannis Zotos, Markus Zugehör and many others

With many thanks for the cooperation and/or the appearance of the musicians and friends (in alphabetical order) Nevzat Akpinar, Nikos Antypas, Petra Bandmann, Willi Bauwaraerts, Christian Boissel, Pavlos Carvalho, Göksun Cavdar, Dimitris Chandrakis, Esther Dennis, Stefan Dohanetz, Tim Dowdall, Takis Farazis, Angela Giannaki, Apollon Grammatikopoulos, Maria Hadzara, Halil Karaduman, Giorgos Kimoulis, Alexander Koutoulas, Stelios Kouloglou, Shankar Lal, Angelos Liakakis, Bernt Lindekleiv, Ferhat Livaneli, Peter Massink, Paul Morris, Wolfgang Musick, Jens Naumilkat, Hermann Naehring, Dimitris Papangelidis, Rena Parmenidou, Alvaro Rodriguez Pereira, Carlos Rodriguez Pereira, Dietrich Petzold, Nikos Politis, Rainer Rohloff, Volker Schlott, Yiannis Spathas, Kostas Theodorou, Nikos Touliatos, Grigoris Tsistoudis, Mary Tsouvalaki, Lin Ye, Jannis Zervidis, Thanassis Zotos and many others

Credits Costume Designers - Heike Hartmann & Anabell Johannes / Make Up Artist - Johanna Rosskamp / Sound - Klaus Salge & Alexandros Karozas / Post Production - Achilleas Gatsopoulos / Graphic Design & Motion Graphics - Achilleas Gatsopoulos & DomQuichotte / Color Grading - Matthias Behrens / Assistant Director - Stella Kalafati / Camera Assistant - Max Valenti / Gaffer - Vassilis Dimitriadis / Production Manager - Marcia Tzivara / Post Production Management - Dimitris Argyriou / Artistic Consultancy - Ina Kutulas, DomQuichotte, James Chressanthis & Klaus Salge / Translations - Sonja Commentz (English) & Ina Kutulas (Deutsch) / Press & PR - Sofia Stavrianidou / Festival Strategy & Distribution - NewBorn Short Film Agency (Dimitris Argyriou)

Additional Photography James Chressanthis (ASC), Stella Kalafati, René Dame, George Theodorakis, Reinhold Spur, Matthias Seldte, Stefanos Vidalis, Achilleas Gatsopoulos, Marcus Lenz, Lefteris Eleftheriadis, Ioannis Myronidis, Vasilis Nousis, Zafeiris Haitidis, Wassilis Aswestopoulos

Additional Editing Antonia Gogin, Dimitris Argyriou, Stella Kalafati, James Chressanthis, Bernd Lützeler, George Theodorakis, Zoe Chressanthis, Lemia Bodden

Associated Producers - Klaus Salge, Christopher Kikis & Uwe Förster

Co-Produced by Yannis Sakaridis & ERT

Co-Produced by Schott Music

Produced by Asteris & Ina Kutulas

Behind the Scenes photos © by Asteris Kutulas, Stella Kalafati, Achilleas Gatsopoulos, Privatier, Mike Geranios, Ina Kutulas & Asti Music

Music soundtrack by courtesy of Mikis Theodorakis and the music editors Schott Music & Romanos Productions

With the kind support of Margarita Theodorakis & Romanos Productions / Peter Hanser-Strecker & Schott Music / Rena Parmenidou / Rafaela Wilde & WBS RA Cologne / Anita & Uwe Förster / Jannis & Thanassis Zotos & the b-Flat / Georgia Stavropoulou & Hellenic University Club of Southern California / Timothy Grossman & the Babylon / Xenia Kaldara & the Michalis-Cacojannis-Foundation / Costas Giannacacos & the Greek Film Week Munich / Velissarios Kossivakis & the Alkyonida cinema in Athens / Film Archive of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

With the kind support of Costa-Gavras, George Theodorakis, James Chressanthis, Holger Ehlers, Nikos Koundouros, Nikos Tzimas, Zafeiris Gourgouliatos, Stella & Dinos Andrianos, Fotiny Varvitsiotis, Deborah Waknin, Michael Galanakis, Jim Saltmar, Theodoros & Eleftheria Polychronis, Akrevoe Emmanouilides, Ann Forkeotes, Christoforos Savvides, Michael Sarris & Polly Preventza, Diana Savas, Ernest Demis, Peter & Vivi Demopoulos, Michael Moschos, Louis & Sophia Linn

Many thanks to Myrto Theodorakis, George Theodorakis, Eri Ritsou, Dimitris Koutoulas, Costas Spiliadis, Christiane Krautscheid, Sebastian Hess, Ioanna Karatzaferi, Zülfü Livaneli, Simon Wiesenthal, Peter Massine, Tim Dowdall, Hansgeorg Hermann, Annett Gröschner, Iro & Giorgos Sgourakis, Uri Rom, Andy Ludik, Nikos Moraitis, Katharina Hein, Sakis Todoulos, Guido Karp, Jens Rötzsch, Elias Malandris, Thomas Erbach, René Dame, Armin Conrad, Bella & Angelika Oelmann, Henning Zierock, Heike Hänsel, Michaela Prinzinger, Angeliki Kotti, Christos Zouliatis, Herbert Lappe, Sebastian Merrick, Elisavet Papageorgiou, Wassilis Aswestopoulos, Rainer Schulz, Erol Özkaraca, Elisa Deftos & Paul Hoorn

Special thanks for the support to the Strecker-Stiftung

Strecker-Stiftung
ERT (Greek Radio Television)

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