Danse Macabre and The Burning of The Bugs

Joni Barnard & Marc Philipp Gabriel

Danse Macabre and The Burning of The Bugs

On June 30, after the performance, we invite you to a post-show discussion with the artists, moderated by Olympia Bukkakis.


Inspired by the queerness of the insect world, Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is an absurd tragic-comic response to the horror of the bug Apocalypse.

Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is a tragic-comic response to the current species extinction in the insect world, the horror of the silent Bug Apocalypse, the violence we inflict on the planet and each other and the absurdity of our self-induced overheated end of days. In the 90’s when all the performers were kids, there were 4 times more flying insects than now. Since then the amount of beetles, flies, bees and butterflies has reduced by 75% – in just 30 years! If we don’t queer the f*ck up, we are not going to survive! DMBB dives into a multi-layered exploration of the queerness of the insect world - loud, colourful, messy, full of sheddings, transformations, evolutions and deaths.

Concept, Creation: Joni Barnard, Marc Philipp Gabriel
Performance: Joni Barnard, Liselotte Singer, Kinga Ötvös & Marc Philipp Gabriel
Music: Kinga Ötvös & Team
Feature Song: Stash Crew
Scenography, Masks: Tis Aly
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Dramaturgy: Olympia Bukkakis
Video-Consultation: Elisa Purfürst
Costume: Rommelo Krause
Production Management: Anajara Amarante
Photo: Zee Hartmann

Language: English
Duration: 75 min.

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Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR and by the residency program of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Uferstudios Berlin.