THAUMATROP (Cinedance)

„The fragrant mystery of your body is greater than the mystery of life.“ (D.W. Griffith 1916)

The ‚Thaumatrop‘ – a toy – was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision.*

‚Thaumatrop‘ is a Cinedance based on original music by Orson Hentschel, produced during my graduation at Institut fuer Musik und Medien // Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, 2016

Written, directed and edited by Richard Eisenach

Music written by Orson Hentschel (
Music performed live by Orson Hentschel & Lukas Baumgart at Denovali Festival, Essen 2015

Dancers: Naomi Abukha & Fee Zweipfennig
Choreography by Richard Eisenach, Pia Wagner, Naomi Abukha & Fee Zweipfennig
Choreographic supervisor: Pia Wagner

Music filmed by Lucas Grey, Simon Stimberg & Richard Eisenach at Weststadthalle, Essen
Dance filmed by Lucas Grey & Alexander Kühn at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf

Chief engineer and gaffer: Peter Thoma
Visuals created by Orson Hentschel
Makeup by Lani Nguyen (

Color Grading by Lucas Grey

Thank you very much for making this film possible:
Manfred Waffender (Institut fuer Musik und Medien)
Stefan Schwarz, Ansgar Kluge, the Tanzhaus NRW technicians, Helmar Trompelt, Denise Dahlke (Tanzhaus NRW)
Orson Hentschel & Timo Alterauge (Denovali), Pascal Gehrke (FOH-Denovali Festival)

Special thanks for their commitment and continuous support: Peter Thoma, Lucas Grey, Pia Wagner, Johannes von Barsewisch

THAUMATROP produced by Richard Eisenach © 2016