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Freedom

Movimentos Festival 2017

Photo: Jean Claude Carbonne

The 2017 festival programmes overarching theme of this year is freedom. More than practically any other word, "freedom" is so closely connected to yearning and hope, as well as with disappointment and dismay. This ambivalent and ubiquitous ideal is the overarching theme of this year's Movimentos Festival.
In the history of mankind, there has never been a lack of reasons to fight for freedom. Today, the conflicts in the Middle East and many other crises around the world demonstrate how religious freedom is repressed, sovereignty violated, and freedom of expression restricted and hindered.

Even where freedom is regarded as an inalienable right, it must always be defended and regained. Wherever there is civic coexistence, the freedom of each individual ends at the point where expanding it would violate the liberties of others. Freedom of thought and opinion can only be mutual. Despite opposite tendencies in a 'fact-free' age, freedom is never the privilege to be proven right at any cost and insult anyone who disagrees. Especially in liberal Western societies, insults, threats and the spread of lies abound. But freedom also means accepting facts – even when one doesn't necessarily approve them.

Freedom characterizes working situations and interpersonal relationships. More than simply a state of being, it is also a task and a challenge. Freedom means accepting the uncertainty of one's own existence and to voluntarily commit oneself.

Where freedom from patronizing through 'Googlement and Government' and in the context of the emerging digital age must be supported, it can be uncomfortable, because this assertion of freedom means to resist the convenience of digital comfort and to force oneself into the freedom of a self-determined life.

Freedom is mirrored, broken, varied and questioned in many ways in the context of the Movimentos Festival program. In a theater production, Manfred Zapatka presents the traitor Judas, whose actions brought about the crucifixion of Christ and thus the liberating redemption of man from sin. Together with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, Klaus Maria Brandauer reminisces about the epochal ventures into freedom initiated by Luther's theses 500 years ago until the Russian Revolution 100 years ago, and many more. Freedom is deeply inscribed in the work of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, whose family fled from the Albanian dictatorship. Israel Galván takes the liberty to throw the narrow canon of flamenco rules overboard.

With these few examples from the Movimentos Festival program we would like to encourage you to think about your own concepts of freedom based on the varieties of artistic freedom we have gathered together for you this year.

We wish you a pleasant stay and a great time at our Movimentos Festival!

Otto F. Wachs
Autostadt CEO (Spokesman)

Bernd Kauffmann
Artistic Director, Movimentos Festival