Alisa Berger

Invisible People - Film - 1h11min - 2023

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 25


Invisible People is an experimental documentary film dedicated to Japanese Butoh dance. It includes a series of film portraits of Butoh masters and performers, with a special focus on Butoh master Yoshito Ohno, the son of Butoh-founder Kazuo Ohno, who passed away during the shooting of the film. The film unites elements of Tatsumi Hijikata's poetic-philosophical texts on butoh, recounted life stories of various protagonists, and a mysterious search for the "Invisible People."

The film paints an intimate multi-layered portrait of a unique contemporary dance that moves in the gray areas between rebellion, eroticism, trance, ritual, meditation, prayer, ancestral experience, and physical anonymity. It slowly strays away from its main topic into a universal portrait of life itself in all its surrounding unpredictable strokes of fate and strange micro-connections.

Alisa Berger

Alisa Berger was born in 1987 in Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She studied film and fine arts at the Academy of Media Art Cologne (KHM) and at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá. With her first fiction feature debut, The Astronauts’ Bodies, she was nominated for the Max Ophüls Prize and for the FIRST STEPS Award of the Deutsche Filmakademie. She was also the recipient of the Best Film Award for New Directors at Int. Film Festival Uruguay and the Screenplay Award of H.W. Geißendörfer. Alisa Berger creates films and installations, often in a collaborative process, that are accompanied, created, changed or destroyed within performative interventions. She has had solo exhibitions at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (Seoul), HMKV (Dortmund), or PATARA Gallery (Tbilisi) and participated in many group shows like the Museum Biennale (Krasnoyarsk), Kindl – Center for Contemporary Art (Berlin), KAI 10 Arthena Foundation (Düsseldorf), MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow) and the BACC Bangkok Art & Culture Center (Bangkok).

Since 2011 she has collaborated with Lena Ditte Nissen under the name bergernissen. She is co-founder of the film production company FORTIS FEM FILM, which dedicates its work to increasing the visibility of women. Additionally, Berger works in sound performance and hosts a monthly show on as a DJ.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — Fortis Fem Film — Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf