As a small boy during WWII, Gottschild was taken to the countryside to avoid the bombing of Berlin. Behind their small country house was a swamp, a play space thick with nature, that was later drained in the post-war period. Frogs explores the tension between nature and the demands of a consumerist society. In the piece, the frog can no longer live as his environment is slowly destroyed. The visual artist wraps the injured frog in bandages, but he can no longer move. He is now just a monument to the memory of life and nature. The work also rewrites fairytale The Frog Prince as a humorous commentary on sexuality, compassion, and the relationship to the other.


Additional Info

  • Duration: 1:06:28
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cast: Dancers: Hellmut Gottschild, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Ilse Pfeiffer
  • Credits: Choreography: Hellmut Gottschild, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, and Ilse Pfeiffer; Composer: Daniel Goode; Visual Artist: Warren Angle