Hopp, hopp, hopp! - 6´21", colour, sound, 16:9, Full HD, Germany, 2014

Johann Gottfried Schadow’s figure „The Dancer“ revolves out of its own shadow into the light. Its slow rotation is accompanied – note by elusive note – by a tune from an old music-box. As in the tale of Pygmalion in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”, the statue gradually comes to life. Christoph Brech takes up the motif of a “figura serpentinata”, and the dancer reveals herself in the flow of her movement.
Schadow’s dream of suspending the opposites of frozen, sculpted shape and flowing motion has thus, for a short poetic moment, been realized.


Andreas Kaernbach