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.
- Production Manager: Marie Glassl
- Sound Recording & Design: Adam Asnan
- Composers: Ethan Braun, Jacob Stoy
- Inflatables Research: Battle, Cornucopia, Narcissist: Chia - Ying Chiang, Eli Cohen, Masoumeh Jalalieh, Leah Katz, Przemek Kamiński, Justin Kennedy, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin
- Scorekeepers Research: Joni Barnard, Annalise Van Even, Jess Gadani
- Metronome Timekeeper Research: Jao Moon
- Aria Monumental Research: Jess Gadani, Kinga Ötvös
- Metronome Timekeeper Support: Cristina Nyffeler, Caterina Veronesi
- Costumes: Baroque(n) Tethers: Studio Marta Martino
- Costumes: Scorekeepers Attire : Don Aretino, Muyao Zhang
- Scenography Support: Daniel Neubacher
- Inflatable Sculpture Support: Ursula E. Klein | Schulteswien, Rosa Czernin
- Glass Support: Rudy Faulkner, Berlin Glas e.V.
- Still Photography: Nicholas Ash
Bang Bang Baroque2024Musee d'art de joliette
2019Ed.: Mark Soo
2014Ed.: Emma Waltraud Howes & Franziska Morlok
Co-published by K. Verlag and Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH.
2015Ed.: Emma Waltraud Howes & Franziska Morlok
2011Ed.: Birgit Effinger & Hannah Kruse
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Fast and Furious, Goldrausch (2011)
Bang Bang Baroque was developed through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Production 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.
Research 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.