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Honorary Doctorates appointed at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

News: Jun 19, 2013

Film director Helma Sanders-Brahms and the performer Liz Aggiss have been appointed the 2013 honorary doctorates at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. The Faculty Board, together with the School of Music and Drama and the Valand Academy, took the decision.

Helma Sanders-Brahms is a German film director who during the 1960´s and 70´s was a key figure in what today is called "new German cinema". Along with people like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Margarethe von Trotta, she is one of the main names of German film. After her collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini, she started in 1969 to produce her own films, initially mainly socially engaged documentaries. Today she is internationally acclaimed film director and screenwriter. In Sweden, she is best known for her anti-war drama Germany, Pale Mother. Film critic Monika Tunbäck-Hanson wrote: "Helma Sanders-Brahms is one of the most uncompromising filmmakers of the generation that resulted in that people in the 1970s spoke of a renewal of German film."

The Film education at the Academy of Valand is conceptually rooted in the modern European cinema that emerged in the 1950 -, 1960 -, and 1970s. Cooperation with Helma Sanders-Brahms will be an important way of reconnecting to the German film from that era.

Liz Aggiss is a British performer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer. She is also a professor of "Visual Performance" at the University of Brighton. Since 1970, she has worked with a wide range of performance styles: cabaret, vaudeville, opera, live art, dance theatre and film, and moves freely between art and popular culture, often with provocation and humour as ingredients. Inspiration comes from European dance that emerged in the early 1900s, for example, Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss and later Pina Bausch. 1994 she received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award and in 2002 she received the British Arts Council Dance Fellowship.

Liz Aggiss is one of the people who inspired the master program Contemporary Performative Arts at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, and she has also been a guest teacher there. The program is based around what is the basis for Liz Aggiss own work – inter disciplinary performance styles, screen dance and music in public space / site-specific work.

- Liz Aggiss and Helma Sanders-Brahms are two prominent and fully active artists who will be able to contribute to the development of the faculty in the future, says Ingrid Elam, Dean at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg.

Helma Sanders-Brahms and Liz Aggiss will be coming to Gothenburg to participate in the installation of honorary doctorates, which takes place on 25th October.

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