Bang Bang Baroque FILM
A hyper-glitch Opera

Three-channel film with sound

‘At first gaze, this hyper-glitch Opera is incongruously out of time. One enters another world: meets mushrooms and corals, glass artichoke-hand grenades, the cross-section of which recur in graphic scores – cartographies that in turn provide the basis for the choreographic work. Drawings of allegorical sparrow figures are transformed into hand-painted costumes reminiscent of parachute-silk Arcimboldos during the process. Multiple reconfigurations of body and space in which words and gestures, movement and drawing, sculpture and language are ceaselessly translated into one another, into a mythological fabric in which everything is metaphorically interwoven; Bang Bang Baroque, Mao Zedong’s Sparrow War encounters traditional dance notations; Oskar Schlemmer and Klaus Nomi, Octavia Butler and Legacy Russel meet in baroque wigs for a ritual dance. A deep sigh; of relief or despair? Exhale, Deflation. Back to work. Until we glitch again, with a cocktail chalice in hand.’

— Maire Glassl



  • A film by: Emma Waltraud Howes
  • Production Manager and Assistant Director: Marie Glassl
  • Production Assistance: Elena Popova, Anna van der Veen
  • Performer, Co-Composition and Vocals (Aria Monumental): Kinga Ötvös
  • Research (Aria Monumental): Jess Gadani
  • Performer (Metronome Timekeeper): Jao Moon
  • Performer (Scorekeeper I): Joni Barnard
  • Performer (Scorekeeper II): Annalise Van Even
  • Performer (Battle aka Let All Canons Fall, or Aktualneurosen): Eli Cohen
  • Performer (Cornucopia aka Energetic Pessimist (after Kristeva)): Chia - Ying Chiang, Sonya Levin
  • Performer (Narcissist aka The Narcissist, or Elsa's Muse): Przemek Kamiński
  • Director of Photography: Kleber Nascimento
  • Camera Operator: Lena Krenz
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Boyko Panayotov
  • 2nd Assistant Camera and Data Wrangler: Adela Asavei
  • Gaffer : Alexander Kain
  • Electricians: Lewin Berninger, Marcel Ruddies
  • Grip: Marlon Koppelkamm
  • Technician (DMX Operator): Marc A. Bodenbach
  • Still Photography : Nicholas Ash
  • Sound Recording & Design: Adam Asnan
  • Technician (Extinct Audio BM9 microphone): Stewart Tavener
  • Composition : Jacob Stoy
  • Composition Research: Ethan Braun
  • Costume Design (Baroque(n) Tethers): Studio Marta Martino
  • Costume Design (Scorekeepers Attire): Don Aretino & Muyao Zhang
  • Hair and Makeup Special Effects: Caterina Veronesi
  • Hair Makeup Assistant : Fu Okamura
  • Costume Assistance (Metronome Timekeeper): Caterina Veronesi, Cristina Nyffeler
  • Costume Assistance (Inflatable sculptures): Ursula E. Klein | Schulteswien & Rosa Czernin
  • Glass Assistance: Rudy Faulkner, Berlin Glas e.V.
  • Graphic Designer: Daniel Neubacher
  • Co-production: Ludwig Kameraverleih, SUMOLIGHT
  • Project Manager (Ludwig Kameraverleih): Thomas Buchholz
  • Lighting: Klaus Hamlescher (SUMOLIGHT)
  • with Additional Gratitude : Big Image, TLT
  • Catering: Farrah Hammadou | TableFarrah
  • Post Production Manager: Philipp Maurice Raube, Die Neue Lux
  • Editor: Elisa Purfürst
  • Visual Effects: Lars Ledebur
  • Post Production House: The Post Republic
  • Color Grading : Gregor Pfüller, Maren Henke
  • Sound Mix: Henry Uhl
  • Surtitles layout and design: Franziska Morlok, Belén Ríos Falcón, Rimini Berlin
  • English copy editor: Mark Soo
  • French Translation: Marie Glassl, Charlotte Lalou Rousseau
  • French copy editors: Chloé Gagné Dion, Bernard Bohbot

Exhibition History

  • The Time it Takes
    Musee d'art de Joliette
    Joliette, QC

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

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. 

Production for the cinematic iteration was 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. 

Co-production support from: Kamera Studio Ludwig and Thomas Buchholz; The Post Republic; SUMOLIGHT and Klaus Hamlescher, with Additional Gratitude: Big Image & TLT.

Bang Bang Baroque © Emma Waltraud Howes 2024


Part of Bang Bang Baroque Project