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, François Huber Vocals KÖSK Chor
A production by Anna McCarthy and Manuela Rzytki.
PAF&friends is an initiative of the Network of Regional Festivals of the Independent Performing Arts, including Performing Arts Festival Berlin, 6 Tage Frei (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), RODEO (Munich), FAVORITEN (Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia) and is realized in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost Berlin. The guest performance from Munich is made possible by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich. The guest performances from Hamburg are made possible by the Ilse und Dr. Horst Rusch Foundation. The guest performance from North Rhine-Westphalia is made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. The supporting programme of PAF&friends is made possible by the Performing Arts Festival Berlin in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. The Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT – Berlin State Association for the Independent Performing Arts and supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.