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Peter Greenaway Reinterprets 'The Dance of Death' (VIDEO)

11/13/2013 09:03 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

In Basel, Switzerland, British filmmaker Peter Greenaway has unveiled his latest work, the multi-media installation The Dance of Death / Der Tanz mit dem Tod -- Ein Basler Totentanz. Peter Greenaway's Dance of Death is a reinterpretation of the original Totentanz, the famous 15th Century mural in Basel, that reminded people that whether rich or poor, and no matter one's station in life, everyone has to die. In this video we attend the opening of the exhibition and listen to Peter Greenaway presenting his work.

Peter Greenaway became famous for his films such as The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989). His first film, Death of Sentiment, is a churchyard furniture essay filmed in four large London cemeteries. His work deals with the topics sex, religion, violence, and death. For his Totentanz-project in Basel, Peter Greenaway conceived a multi-media installation that consists of 18 funerary monuments, which serve as displays for films that depict various ways to come to death. Peter Greenaway: The Dance of Death / Der Tanz mit dem Tod -- Ein Basler Totentanz is a project by Verein Totentanz at Predigerkirche and Totentanz in Basel, Switzerland. The exhibition runs until November 30, 2013 and is accompanied by several events such as films, concerts, guided tours and talks.

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Peter Greenaway

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