STILL LIFE

Photo: Alexander Pannier

STILL LIFE
A CHORUS FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE, AND ALL OTHER LIVES

Whose life counts as life? Democratic societies are founded on the separation, control and exploitation of existences considered superfluous. Borders, walls, camps and digital identification techniques guarantee our carefree existence.
Still Life is a choral manifesto of a re-invented society. The chorus poses the question of how we can sustain and rebuild connections in an era of mass epidemic, mass digitalization and mass extinction. Crossing all boundaries, the chorus creates a song to reveal the pervasive mechanisms of exclusion and violence that have culminated in recurring genocides, turning »never again« into »Auschwitz no end«. This blunt digital song is combined with an ecstatic hymne of infinitive life, aiming to rebuild the common world through a chorus of all beings: humans and non-humans, the living and the dead, voices of people who died in holocausts, animal, and plants. The central force is the god of undivided life, of pre- and post-human time: a multiplied Dionysus.

 

Photo: Ute Langkafel
This blunt digital song is combined with an ecstatic hymne of infinitive life, aiming to rebuild the common world through a chorus of all beings: humans and non-humans, the living and the dead, animal, and plants.
Photo: Ute Langkafel
MANIFESTO OF RE_ INVENTED SOCIETY:
We must invent everything starting from the community.
Nothing is more urgent today in this critical situation
We need re- invent the whole world, and we need to do it NOW
WE CAN STILL BE TOGETHER (Britney Spears)
PLEASE DONATE!
WE CAN STILL BE TOGETHER
PLEASE DONATE!
WE CAN STILL BE...
TOGETHER
TOGETHER
TOGETHER
TOGETHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Photo: Lutz Knospe
It is a call for the radical NEW WORLD OF RELATION. The chorus asks: Whose life is still a life? How can we live and die together? It’s about the creation of a new society. You regard animals and plants as citizens of this new republic? That’s the dream of course: a community of all forms of life.
(Marta Gornicka in conversation with Arno Widmann)
Finally there will be the CHORUS OF ALL BEINGS on the stage - humans and non-humans, living and dead, plants, bones, animals and ancestors. Voices of the murdered in Auschwitz, voices of Namibian tribes from Africa, audience and OTHERS...

CREDITS

STILL LIFE 
A CHORUS FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE, AND ALL OTHER LIVES
Premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin 31 July, 2021
Cast: Sandra Bourdonnec, Lindy Larsson Forss, Hila Meckier, Gian Mellone, David JongSung Myung, Vidina Popov, Sesede Terziyan, Rika Weniger
Regie, libretto: Marta Górnicka
Composition: Polina Lapkovskaja
Choreographie: Anna Godowska
Stage:Robert Rumas
Costume: Sophia May
Soundesign: Rafał Ryterski
VIDEOEXPANDER FILM: Stefan Korsinsky, Lilli Kuschel, Mikko Gaestel
3D VIDEO-ANIMATIONEN: Luis August KrawenAlexander Pannier
Dramaturgie: Agata Adamiecka-Sitek & Clara Probst
Dolls: Atelier Judith Mähler
Translation: Andreas Volk
Production: Johanna von Regal

Eine Produktion des Maxim Gorki Theaters. Still Life ist Teil des Projektes Chorus of Women Berlin, gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und aus Mitteln des Landes Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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