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This is the story of two young characters who are born into this world and are pushed to evolve through the forces of competition and attraction. Our young characters must find the right mating call, discover the perfect outfit and dance their best dance, because the survival of their gene pool depends on whether they have the right moves. The pressure to impress is high and it's up to the audience to decide whether the “Birds of Paradise” got the stuff, or whether their moves get waltzed out of existence.

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Uferstudios Guido Borgers

The birds-of-paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae, which is composed of 42 different species and 15 genera. They are found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Australia. The male birds-of-paradise have developed a unique mating behavior that is composed of showing off their feathers, shape-shifting, mating calls, sounds and intricate dance moves. The production Birds of Paradise uses the surreal, evolutionary adaptations of these birds as a comedic lens to reflect on the human contest of representation. Through mimetic play, the dance performance explores our mise-en-scène practices and our shape-shifting-abilities hidden within them - because what we wear and how we wear it, is a large part of our identity. Unlike the swan, for example, the surreal behavior of the birds-of-paradise does not serve as an ideal of grace, but is mirroring the viewer's own self-staging-tactics.The dance performance also focuses on our consumerist relationship to clothing and accessories. When the dancers create their own feather dresses from recycled clothing and plastic bags in front of the audience, the other side of our fashionable self-expression gets highlighted: fast fashion. In order to serve the ever faster changing trends in the fashion industry, clothing is (over)produced with a horrendous overconsumption of resources and under catastrophic working conditions in the global south. The piece explores the connection between our attachment to an external image as the basis of our self-perception and the need to invest so heavily in unsustainable fashion trends - humorously deconstructing our self-image in relation to our clothes and also touching on the problematics of sustainability and environmental destruction.

For the development of the piece the Initiative LUNA PARK is collaborating with the Australian choreographer Aaron Carey-Burrows, who has been living and working in Berlin for the past five years after graduating from LINK Dance Company and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2017). In addition to his collaboration with LUNA PARK for several productions, he works for the Ballet of the German Opera, the German Theater and the choreographer Sebastian Matthias, among others.
Additional information
Birds of Paradise is a production of Initiative LUNA PARK e.V., Aaron Carey-Burrows and Kosmas Kosmopoulos in cooperation with the Gesundbrunnen Elementary School, supported in the frame of the project „tanz(t)räume“ (dance rooms/ dreams) funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National).

Performers 

Choreography and concept: Aaron Carey-Burrows | Performance: Cecilia Castellari, Marco Rizzi | Assistance: Gianna Di Girolamo, Theodora Sarri | Artistic direction and curatorial advising: Kosmas Kosmopoulos | Original music: Antonios Palaskas | Stage design: Maria Salouvardou | Technical direction and lighting design: Dimitrios Stamatis | Text and dramaturgical advising: Kai Pichmann | Production management and communication: Fee Josten, Anna Königshofer | Photography and documentation: Giovanni Lo Curto

The Initiative LUNA PARK e.V. was founded in 2003 as an open collective of freelance artists of various disciplines. The Initiative regularly realizes artistic productions in the field of contemporary dance and theater as well projects of extracurricular artistic education for children, adolescents and young adults in Berlin, nationwide and in the context of bilateral exchange programs.
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