the dance of the last napkin, 2020
Around 1800, a flourishing textile industry developed along the Flöha/ Zschopau rivers in Central Saxony. About 80% of the population in this district worked in the factories, which produced i.a. stocking goods. With the “fall of the Berlin Wall” in 1989 and in the years after, this branch of work in the region collapsed almost completely due to the liquidation of the GDR planned economy and the introduction of free-market principles, resulting in mass unemployment. Around the same time, numerous inns and dance halls closed in the district. The film shows scenes from a still vacant inn and connects them with the symbolic, Sisyphean task of keeping the last napkin, in motion and alive. In the background, one hears music by the GDR pop singer Bärbel Wachholz. Her title “Damals”, actually a love ballad, however, reflects exactly that tornness between nostalgic glossing over of a socialist, East German past and disillusioned capitulation in the post-reunification period until today.