Bauerntanz Zweier Kinder (1895)
Alternate Titles: Italienische Bauerntanz, Italian Folk Dance
I’ve given in to the idea that this week is all about short dance movies, so I thought I’d include another one from the Winterprogramm of Max Skladanowsky. This time, instead of a woman in flowing robes, we get two children in traditional “folk” dress. They move about quite a bit, somewhat alternating between dancing, hopping and running, and they go offscreen occasionally, the requirement of confining themselves to the stage probably being a bit difficult with all that energy. I might translate the title as “Peasant Dance of Two Children,” rather than “Folk Dance,” but the idea is that it hearkens to a more pastoral and innocent condition.
Director: Max Skladanowski
Run Time: 15 secs
You can watch it for free: here (first film in set).