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Series | 2021-2022 | Daily Life, LGBTQI+, Musical | Germany

Shooting data

Start of shooting16/08/2021
End of shooting16/09/2021
Number of shooting days30
Filming regionsGermany - Thuringia

Project data

Film financing
Length of episode35 - 40 mi
Broadcast dateDaily
Aspect ratio16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Distribution formatARRI RAW
Sound formatStereo

Brief synopsis

As Germany's first musical series, the musical series "Dancing in the Shadow" is intended to encourage greater tolerance, openness and inclusion in society by depicting the realities of life for different characters who are all connected by their love of dance.
The series centers on six characters of different genders, origins, sexualities and backgrounds, who alternate in the episodes: Sara is just starting her studies at university. She manages well in her daily life with her visual impairment and doesn't want to let her dream of being able to dance one day be taken away from her. Amateur photographer Andrew, who is always critical of Hera's extreme feminist views, encourages her, while wannabe macho Chris just laughs at Sara's efforts. Never would Chris admit that he himself would like to dance. At least until he meets Alice, who is training in the girls' hip-hop dance group for DancingBash, the big dance competition in Ilmenau. Little does he know that Alice leads a double life and as Alex not only dances in the boys' dance group, but is also Bruce's best friend, whom Chris is only too happy to bully. In the course of the story, the characters, all students at Ilmenau Technical University, have to learn to deal with prejudices and failures, to question their identities and values again and again, and to realize what it means when one's own worldview is shaken by an encounter with other people, and how to reassemble it piece by piece.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Noah SchwedesChris [SS]
Denise Golletz
Safa [L]
Francisco AkudikeBruce [L]
Lukas NeidhartAndrew [L]
Mika BretschneiderAlice/Alex [L]
Gianna JannHera [L]
Viet PhamMarc [SSR]
Younes TissinteDan [SR]
Annetta ChiantoneZoé [SR]
Chiara GmeinerMiriam [SR]
Magdalena WeißMandy [SR]
Manuela BäumlerDozentin [SR]
Janina BienkowskiBellydance-Leader [SR]
Simone GutscheAgatha Becker [SR]
Linda KaplanHipHop Leader [SR]
Philipp LeinMario [SR]
Holger LoferskiHeras Dad [SR]
Luise UlmerSophie [SR]
Alina PetersTänzerin [SR]
Uwe KellerChris Vater [BP]
Philipp RieperModerator [BP]
Andrea BraunSieglinde, Saras Mutter [BP]
Brigitte BreternitzYoga Teacher [BP]
Ralph EversSaras Vater [BP]
Sophie GroetschModeratorin [BP]
Kira KöhlerBallettlehrerin [BP]
Franziska RoseFrose [BP]
Christina SchulzHeras Mom [BP]
Jennifer SchneeweisDancer


Director of photographyLucas Männecke
Camera operatorManuel Rennwanz
Camera operatorLuzian Massarrat
1st assistant cameraJohannes Manz
2nd assistant cameraDanika Sander
Data wrangler / digital loaderNick Faulwetter
Casting directorMoritz Klebs
Casting assistantJonas Menter [1]
Costume designer (creator)Alec Seitz
Costume supervisorAlice Auciello
TailorJulia Walter [1]
DirectorMikael Kuetche
1st AD (local system)Marie Neßhöver
Script supervisorAmy Holbach
Script continuityAlice Auciello
Assistant script supervisorFerdinand Göpfert
EditorVanessa Mai
Key gripKim Klein
GafferCarsten Krause [1]
Best boy electricJasper Claussen
Lighting designerKatrin Gawlik
Lighting technician / electricianMagdalena Kolywanow
Lighting technician / electricianLena Grundmann
Lighting assistantLara Martensen
Lighting assistantJulius Prenzel
Key makeup artist/hair stylistPia Kopprasch
Makeup artist / hair stylistLaura Seezer
Makeup artistLisa Meyner
ComposerAbhinav Bhattacharya
ComposerChristian Dietrich [2]
ComposerVitus Friedel
ComposerAlina Schröter
ComposerAlexandra Lutz
ComposerRubén Cruz
ComposerNoel Toms
Musical directorKevin Tekam
Music producerMikael Kuetche
ProducerTamara Kollmeder
Assistant-/ junior-producerMathis Schilling
Associate producerLukas Jansen
Assistant to producerLea Ewald
Assistant production designerChiara Wehner
Set decoratorLaura Bradtke
Standby propsNathalie Mursal
Graphic artistClara Enders
Assistant to line producerRalph Rauhe
Assistant production managerSebastian Dorn
Set manager/ floor managerJil Mattern
Set manager/ floor managerSophie Groetsch
Set runnerLevke Schinkel
Set runnerLea Grothues
Set runnerNele Riemer
ScreenwriterMikael Kuetche
ScreenwriterTamara Kollmeder
Script editorTamara Kollmeder
Audio describerFelix Koch
Audio description (German) Episode 1-3
Audio description (German) Episode 1-3
Production sound mixerLeon Wittenzellner
Production sound mixerVincent Richter
Boom operatorThibauld Weiler
ChoreographerBrigitte Breternitz
ChoreographerCorinna Frenzel
ChoreographerLuise Ulmer
ChoreographerJanina Bienkowski
ChoreographerHolger Loferski
ChoreographerKatharina Knoch
EPK / behind the scenes producerUndine Junski
Marketing, public relationsMaya Hähndel
Social media managerUndine Junski

Production companies

Colourgraphie, Tamara Kollmeder [de]


Cameras and UtilitiesCAMCAR Filmgeräteverleih OHG
Cameras and UtilitiesLudwig Kameraverleih GmbH
GripUFO Filmgerät GmbH
Finance/Law/Insurancejipi gUG
Production ServicesPreProducer Software UG
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationAutohaus Thurow
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationWBG Ilmenau
Locations and StudiosTechnische Universität Ilmenau
EquipmentTrave Studios
Image (VFX)Technische Universität Ilmenau