Some Murder Theatre in Here


Alive Presents: Some Murder Theatre in Here, is a workshop and performance series conceived by Emma Howes and Justin Kennedy to research and analyze the experience and translatability of trance forms. The resulting durational lucid operas traditionally begin with a four hour ‘cave-rave’ in which the participants dance continuously. The doors are then opened to the public, and an additional four-hours of murder mystery dinner theatre ensues where weird and eery chords and choreographies, storytelling, harpists and segways, meditations, leaf blowers, and smoke machines, unravel seamlessly. Blending into the Art Deco architecture of the Grüner Salon, green is the theme. The audience is offered ‘zymns zines’—a collection of lyrical content and artworks compiled by the participants. This handout is an invitation for the audience to sing and dance along, and to contribute to this evolving crime scene. The overall effect is one of a lucid dream where stories are interwoven between acts. The entire score is written on large mirrors in the space itself, and within the ‘zymns zine’ so that the audience can follow a shifting plot line—one that mirrors a sensation of reaching a liminal state.



  • Sound composition : Ethan Braun & Mars Dietz aka Sapphic Faggot
  • Distinguished guests: Rupert Enticknap, Johanna Lemke, Lulu Obermayer, Pedro Prazeres, Roomservice
  • Camera and edit: Fairmount Pictures
  • Photography: Marcelina Wellmer

Exhibition History

  • Murder Theatre in Here
    Grüner Salon
    Berlin, DE

Related Publication

  • 2020
    Ed.: Emma Waltraud Howes, Justin Francis Kennedy
    Presents Presents Press


In cooperation with Elodie Evers, Léo Pflimlin, Jarrett Gregory & the Grüner Salon Volksbühne, Berlin (2020)