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Bang Bang Baroque
Live and Cinematic Iteration

2019—Ongoing

Bang Bang Baroque explores 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 original series of sixteen graphite drawings were translated into large inflatable sculptures made from parachute nylon, to be 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
  • Production Assistant : Elena Papova
  • Director of Cinematography: Kleber Nacimento
  • Assistant Camera: Boyko Panayotov
  • Second Assistant Camera Data wrangler : Adela Asavei
  • Gaffer: Alex Kain
  • Gripp: Marlon Koppelkamm
  • Lighting provided by: SUMO LIGHT
  • Sound Recording & Design: Adam Asnan
  • Composers: Jacob Stoy, Ethan Braun
  • Cinematic Performance Inflatables: Przemek Kamiński, Sonya Levin, Eli Cohen
  • Scorekeepers: Joni Barnard, Annalise Van Even
  • Metronome Timekeeper: Jao Moon
  • Aria Monumental: Kinga Ötvös
  • Movement Research : Masoumeh Jalalieh, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Leah Katz, Justin Kennedy
  • Metronome Timekeeper Support: Caterina Veronesi and Cristina Nyffeler
  • Inflatable Sculpture Support: Ursula E. Klein | Schulteswien, Rosa Czernin
  • Costume: Baroque(n) Tethers: Studio Marta Martino
  • Costume: Scorekeepers Attire : Don Aretino and Muyao Zhang
  • Hair, Makeup, SFX: Caterina Veronesi
  • 3D & VR: Daniel Neubacher
  • Post-Production: Studio Marietta Auras
  • Editing: Elisa Purfürst
  • Still Photography: Nick Ash
  • Glass Support: Rudy Faulkner, Berlin Glas e.V.

Exhibition History

  • Bang Bang Baroque
    2024
    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.

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.

The cinematic iteration has been made possible through the following co-productions: SUMOLIGHT, Kamera Ludwig Studios, and Big Image Berlin.

Part of Bang Bang Baroque Project