General Humanity Lab 4: PEAK HUMANITY

Research, libretto, composition: March to May 2021

Workshops May-June; Performance 6 June 2021; Gewächshaus, Wartenau 16, Hamburg

TEAM: Artistic direction, research, libretto: Ingrid Hoelzl; Dramaturgy, text: Remi Marie; Composition: Georgia Ch. Hoppe; Technical direction: Sascha Hahnrath; Scientific advice: Sebastian Dutreuil.

PERFORMERS: Ingrid Hoelzl (D/F): Clarinet, voice, performance; Georgia Ch. Hoppe (D): Composition, reeds, mini-elektronics; Emese Kovács (HU): Dance, voice, performance; Marcia Lemke-Kern (D): Soprano, viola, performance; Frantz Loriot (CH): Viola, voice, performance.

COLLABORATIONS: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / MA Transdisziplinarität; Verband für aktuelle Musik Hamburg / Blurred Edges 2021.

Mercer Mountain (following K. Dick). Videostill, 2021. Performance Ingrid Hoelzl; director of photography Remi Marie.

Are we at the peak of humanity, in terms of demography, resources, and the habitablity of planet Earth? Are we already beyond? Will we simply go extinct or can we survive in radically changing gears?

PEAK HUMANITY counters the modern mantra of the “survival of the fittest”, projected from society onto nature and back onto society (and of which today’s geoengineering phantasies are but a variant) with a “survival of the best related” (Morizot) that has been practiced intra- and inter species ever since. With recourse to the octatonic scale as a musical “peak of humanity” five performers grope they way, using voice, instruments, and movement, towards finding resonances and alliances with the abiotic community. The public is part of this process and invited to react to the themes: Extinction Blues/Earth and Us; Gaia My Love/Born from the Earth; Becoming Dolphin/Becoming Martian; Resonance as Resilience.

PEAK HUMANITY is the fourth Projekt of General Humanity, a collective for theory-performance founded in 2018 and based in Hamburg and Digne-les-Bains. General Humanity means the integration of humans in the ecological community. Each project consists of a research phase, a collective experimentation and a participatory performance. For more infos about our vision see the About and Manifesto pages.

Previous projects: General Humanity Lab 3: ANIMAL ANCESTOR (2020), General Humanity Lab 2: POSTIMAGE OPERAAA (2019), General Humanity Lab 1: IN THE MOOD FOR MUD (2018).

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