Dying for the cause: choreographing the myths of Ulrike Meinhof and Wolfgang Grams

Kolb, Alexandra (2010) Dying for the cause: choreographing the myths of Ulrike Meinhof and Wolfgang Grams. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5 (3). pp. 275-284. ISSN ISSN: 1833-1866

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Abstract

This paper analyses contemporary choreographic responses to the left-wing terrorist organisation Red Army Faction. It uses the Austrian Johann Kresnik’s ‘Ulrike Meinhof’ (1990/2006) alongside the Czech Pavel Mikuláštík’s ‘Tatort: The Seven Deaths of Wolfgang G.’(1994) to examine how these choreographers tackle the highly contentious subject of violent anti-state activism in their country of residence, Germany. The works centre on (in)famous members of the organisation, who died early deaths, highlighting the ideological and physical confrontation between the anarchist terrorists and police powers. The choreographies, however, apply different artistic strategies inre-evaluating RAF history and its fatal consequences from a left-wing perspective.

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