Inspired by the queerness of the insect world, Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is an absurd tragic-comic response to the horror of the bug Apocalypse.
Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is a tragic-comic response to the current species extinction in the insect world, the horror of the silent Bug Apocalypse, the violence we inflict on the planet and each other and the absurdity of our self-induced overheated end of days. In the 90’s when all the performers were kids, there were 4 times more flying insects than now. Since then the amount of beetles, flies, bees and butterflies has reduced by 75% – in just 30 years! If we don’t queer the f*ck up, we are not going to survive! DMBB dives into a multi-layered exploration of the queerness of the insect world – loud, colourful, messy, full of sheddings, transformations, evolutions and deaths.
Concept, Creation: Joni Barnard, Marc Philipp Gabriel
Performance: Joni Barnard, Liselotte Singer, Kinga Ötvös & Marc Philipp Gabriel
Music: Kinga Ötvös & Team
Feature Song: Stash Crew
Scenography, Masks: Tis Aly
Costume: Rommelo Krause
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Dramaturgy: Olympia Bukkakis
Production: Anajara Amarante
Video-Consultation: Elisa Purfürst
Duration: 60 min.
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
photo: ©Mayra Wallraff / www.mayrawallraff.de
Thu, 29.06.2023 | 19h
Fri, 30.06.2023 | 19h
Sat, 01.07.2023 | 19h
Venue & Tickets
TRAILER on Tanzforum Berlin
Full video documentation 2nd show @DOCK11 (30 JUN 2023):
photos: ©Mayra Wallraff / www.mayrawallraff.de
Work-in-Progress – STAGE 2
photos: Zee Hartmann
CREATION & PERFORMANCE Joni Barnard, Liselotte Singer & Marc Philipp Gabriel
COSTUMES Tizo All & Team
VIDEO ADVICE & DOCUMENTATION Elisa Purfürst
NOV 2021 / Uferstudios Berlin / Residency Programme
In the frame of the Berlin Residency “TRIALS AND REVISITING”, Joni Barnard continued working on their collaborative performance Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs. The project is a tragic-comic response to the current species extinction in the insect world, the horror of the Bug Apocalypse and the absurdity of humankind’s violent destruction of our habitat. Joni invited the videographer Elisa Purfürst, the dancer-performer Liselotte Singer, Marc Philipp Gabriel as a visiting performer and dramaturg and Tizo All for costume and scenic design and conception. For the residency the artists concentrated on creating soundscapes and layering realtime making and projected images to the performance. As further input, they consulted experts on insects based in and around Berlin and researched deeply the team’s experience, bias and discrimination towards interspecies interconnectedness.
Joni & Marc met 5 years ago in South Africa. Since then the biomass of flying insects has declined by about 14%, as studies in Germany and Puerto Rico have shown. When Joni & Marc were kids, there where 4 times more flying insects than now. Since then the amount of beatles, flies, bees and butterflies has reduced by 75% – in just 30 years! Danse Macabre and the burning of the bugs is a response to the current horror of the Bug Apocalypse, the violence we inflict on the planet and each other and the absurdity of our self-induced overheated end of days. How many bugs have died today?
CONCEPT / CREATION / PERFORMANCE Joni Barnard & Marc Philipp Gabriel
13 MAR 2021 / AS AN ACT OF LOVE – Chapter 2: Climate Change // PremArts / Berlin
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