February 22, 2019
WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR? is a musical collaborative project between musician and producer Manuela Rzytki and artist Anna McCarthy. The title stems from a publication and exhibition by McCarthy and lays the foundation for the content and lyrics of the project. Rooted deeply in the methods of hip-hop, the music is based on a loop principle, with live synthesizer played by Rzytki; firing off of pre-produced samples and live improvised vocals by both McCarthy and Rzytki. McCarthy narrates the show, infusing synaesthetic manipulation with humorous, aggressive, sexy and loving nursery rhyme lyrics that confront the audience with the age-old question WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR? Stories from Mystery Meat to People-killing Pizza Machines, Collectively dreaming of Drones and Bring Back the Dirt anthems, it’s all in there. It’s probably not child-friendly, but it is for the kids, because you are all kids and this is a big old kindergarten revolving in circles, around and around and around.
Performance in English.
Lyrics, lead vocals Anna McCarthy Music, vocals Manuela Rzytki Dance Paulina Nolte, Francois Huber Vocals KÖSK Chor
A production by Anna McCarthy and Manuela Rzytki. The guest performance at PAF & Friends is made possible by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.
PAF & Friends is a collaboration of Performing Arts Festival Berlin with 6 Tage Frei Baden-Württemberg, Hauptsache Frei Hamburg, RODEO München, Theaterfestival FAVORITEN Nordrhein-Westfalen and Ballhaus Ost. The Performing Arts Festival Berlin is organized by LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin and supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.