Closing event of blurred edges 2020, Bühne zum Hof, Goldbekhaus, Hamburg, 29.10.2020, 20h
Ingrid Hoelzl – Direction, Libretto Remi Marie – Dramaturgy/Poetry Georgia Ch. Hoppe – Loop-Composition
Performers: Bianca Hein (Tai Ji/Qi Gong/Voice) Ingrid Hoelzl (Clarinet, Voice, Movement) Georgia Ch. Hoppe (Reeds, E-Guitar) Emese Kovács (Video-dance) Chad Charles Popple (Percussion)
Technical Lead: Sascha Hahnrath Admin: Peter Rauterberg, Goldbekhaus Photography: Peter Rauterberg, Gunnar Lettow
Materials used with friendly permission: Jean C. Roche / Birds of Venezuela Adam Krasz / Cancer Maya Deren / Divine Horsemen Franz Kafka / Der Bau; Die Verwandlung
ANIMAL ANCESTOR / A multimedia performance by General Humanity
Duration: ca. 1 hr 5 min, no break Trailer and video materials here
ANIMAL ANCESTOR was the closing event of blurred edges – Festival für aktuelle Musik in Hamburg, 16.-29. October 2020.
blurred edges 2020 was funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media and the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung. www.blurrededges.de
Can a “postanthropo-scene” of the living and the nonliving emerge through and as the encounter of anthropology, literature, improvisation, dance, martial arts, and performance?
General Humanity Lab 3: ANIMAL ANCESTOR embraces this challenge in the form of an experiment in transspecies musicking. In a one-hour performance five musicians/performers sound the relation of humans to the invisible and to the entire community of beings through the weaving together of theory and poetry, sound and movement.
Animal Ancestor consists of an exploration of Voudou rituals and techno-trance as techniques of contact with the invisible, of metamorphoses and hybridisations of animals and humans in Kafka’s animal fables and Animal Qi Gong. Poetry and literature, movement and musical improvisation, ritual and abstraction are brought together with a timely reflection on the status of humans and viruses within the long history of life on earth. The performance ends with “divine noise” where the principle of ziran (as-it-isness, non-artificality) turns humanimal musicking into a transspecies kinship.