Annette von Wangenheim


    Annette von Wangenheim is author and director for documentary films. She studied musicology, theatre and film studies at the university of Cologne. In 1985 her dissertation „Béla Bartók. The marvellous mandarin. From pantomime to dance theatre" (orig.: 'Béla Bartók. Der wunderbare Mandarin. Von der Pantomime zum Tanztheater') was published. Her documentaries are screened on TV and on international festivals – for example "Bellboys in the Dream Factory – Black Extras in German Feature Films" (orig.: 'Pagen in der Traumfabrik – Schwarze Komparsen im deutschen Spielfilm'), „Joséphine Baker. Black Diva in a White Man's World" (orig.: 'Joséphine Baker. Schwarze Diva in einer weißen Welt) or „Nijinsky & Neumeier. Soulmates in Dance" (orig.: 'Nijinsky & Neumeier. Eine Seelenverwandtschaft im Tanz').




    Martin Schläpfer


    Martin Schläpfer was one of the most charismatic soloists of Heinz Spoerli’s Basel Ballet as well as of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. From 1994 until 1999 he was head of the Bern ballet, afterwards Director of the newly formed ballettmainz. As from the 2009/10 season Martin Schläpfer accepted the position of Director and Chief Choreographer of Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg, that was awarded as “Best Company of the Year” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition to the performances at the opera house in Düsseldorf and the theatre in Duisburg the company made numerous guest appearances at abroad and at international festivals. For his choreographic work – including world premieres for the Bavarian State Ballet and Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam – Martin Schläpfer was awarded numerous prizes, among others the Arts Prize of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Dance Prize of the Spoerli Foundation, the Prix Benois, Der Faust, the Swiss Dance Award, “Taglioni” – European Ballet Award and the Music Prize of the city of Duisburg.


    7t1 Media GmbH


    Pictures and emotions are our strength. We develop and realise movies, TV shows and reports. 7T1 Media has become a strong partner of major TV broadcaster like RTL, Sky, ZDF, WDR and Arte as well as numerous private businesses. 7T1 Media was founded in 2004 as Studio 71 Medienproduktion GmbH by Torsten Bender and Ansgar Pohle. They both have more than 15 years of experience as director, producer and editor. Since 2015 the company operates under the new name of 7T1 Media GmbH.


    We produce:

    TV movies and reports

    cine documentaries

    image and production films

    advertising and branded content


    We offer:

    Concept and development of new formats and films

    Film production

    High-toned post production

    Consulting for setup and operating of complex post production environments

„In the wonderful documentary ‚Keep the flame – don’t pray to the ashes‘ from director Annette von Wangenheim the audience come undreamtly close to award-winning choreographer Martin Schläpfer. The film creates a picture of an artist, who in his private rooms at the river Rhine and in his safe haven in the Swiss mountains conceives and suffers what later will become dance.“

Westdeutsche Zeitung
23. November 2015

„It’s so hard to talk about creativity,
but it’s so good to watch.“

Filmforum Duisburg

„Director Annette von Wangenheim leads the viewer to a point where everything started for Martin Schläpfer. The viewer witnesses how Martin Schläpfer is relentlessly digging deep inside his mind to create his art: At his house, in the mountains, with his dancers, in the intimate cheerful moments with his colleague and friend Hans van Manen.“

Westdeutsche Zeitung
22. November 2015








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