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Bang Bang Baroque
Live and Cinematic

2019—Ongoing

Bang Bang Baroque consists of a series of sixteen graphite drawings that explore a conflation between The Great Sparrow Campaign, which was a part of Mao Zedongs’ intention to exterminate sparrows during The Great Leap Forward (1958–1962); French caricatures of baroque wigs from the 18th century; ‘soft head-banging’ and classical gestures of rhetoric (Chironomia). The drawings are translated into large inflatable sculptures made from parachute nylon and worn by performers who, moving amidst the guests, oscillate between psychological and material concepts of “subject” and “object”. The physical actions of the performers range from “soft head-banging” to a repertoire of traditional gestures from baroque opera and contemporary mannerisms of etiquette.

The movement scores are based upon the Beauchamp-Feuillet (1700) system of dance notation, combined with the aesthetic of an artichoke heart. These drawings act as cartographies to set the stage for soundscapes, choreographies and encounters to take place.

Credits

  • Production Manager: Marie Glassl
  • Camera : Kleber Nacimento
  • Assistant Director: Studio Marietta Auras
  • Sound Design: Adam Asnan
  • Sound: Jacob Stoy
  • Composer: Cinematic Iteration: Anna Bauer
  • Composition Research: Ethan Braun
  • Live and Cinematic Performance: Przemek Kamiński, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Annalise Van Even
  • Scorekeepers: Jess Gadani, Daniel Neubacher, Masoumeh Jalalieh
  • Movement Research : Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Leah Katz, Justin F. Kennedy
  • Inflatable Sculpture Support: Ursula E. Klein | Schulteswien, Rosa Czernin
  • Baroque(n) Tethers: Studio Marta Martino
  • Scorekeepers Attire : Don Aretino and Muyao Zhang
  • SFX: Caterina Veronesi
  • 3D & VR: Daniel Neubacher
  • Editing: Elisa Purfürst
  • Still Photography: Nick Ash, Trevor Good

Exhibition History

  • Bang Bang Baroque
    2023
    Musee d'art de joliette
    Joliette, CA

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Acknowledgements

Bang Bang Baroque was developed through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

The research for the cinematic iteration is generously supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

Production supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

Part of Bang Bang Baroque Project