Rhythm Is It! is the story about Marie Martin Olayinka and 250 other teenagers who have never danced or listened to classical music faced with their biggest challenge: to perform Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ with Sir Simon Rattle and the legendary Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra! This documentary follows these diverse youngsters few of whom had prior knowledge of classical music and dance as they make their first efforts at dancing. Through the teenagers’ eyes we watch the project’s developments its ups and downs doubts and enthusiasms uncertainties and renewals of self-confidence. Marie 15 is desperately trying to pass her secondary school exams; Olayinka 16 has recently arrived as a war-orphan from Nigeria and Martin 19 who is battling to overcome his inhibitions. They have never had a chance so far but as dancers they suddenly discover their real potentials. Rhythm Is It! is a fascinating journey and a beautiful cinematic experience full of passion respect and zest for life.
17 May 2010
Thomas Grube, Enrique Sanchez Lansch
Simon Rattle, Royston Maldoom, Susannah Broughton, Marie Theinert, Martin Eisentraut, Olayinka Shitu, Volker Eisenach