What are People for? (Anna McCarthy, Manuela Rzytki)
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.
combi ticket »Restructuring« & »WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR?«
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, Prenzlauer Berg, 10437 Berlin
Text and Lead Vocals by Anna McCarthy
Music and Vocals by Manuela Rzytki
Dance by Paulina Nolte, Francois Huber
Vocals by KÖSK Chor
A production by Anna McCarthy and Manuela Rzytki. The guest performance from Munich has been possible by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.
PAF&friends is an initiative of the association of regional performing arts festivals, consisting of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival, 6 Tage frei (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), RODEO (Munich), FAVORITE (Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia) and is realized in collaboration with Ballhaus Ost Berlin.
Rzytki is singer, musician (baritone horn, synthesizer, keyboard), music producer, sounddesigner, composer, theatre musican and DJ.
Parasyte Woman is her main solo project, with which she has released two albums. She also plays in the bands Le Millipede, Musica Povera, Salewski, Murena, Kamerakino and Koshka Valerianka Phantom Band.
She also works as a theatre musician at Munich Kammerspiele, Residenztheater Munich, Volkstheater Munich and most recently Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf for "Gilgamesh".
Manuela Rzytki has collaborated on numerous occassions with Anna McCarthy, for "Heute Nachmittag Als Wir Noch An Was Glaubten", "How To Start A Revolution: The Musical" and the collaborative project "House For Them Ancestors", a Musique D'Ameublement about Rzytki's musical family history at Kunstraum Munich in 2015.
» Ballhaus Ost
Ballhaus Ost is a production space for independent theater, performance and dance. Located in the former celebration and assembly hall of a Berlin Free Church Community and built in 1907, Ballhaus Ost cooperates with groups and artists from all fields of the performing arts, including well-established groups and artists as well as newcomers and emerging members of the independent performing arts community. As an experimental stage for various forms of contemporary theater, Ballhaus Ost invites its audience to experience and discover new ways of artistic debates with today's reality of life. During the German Democratic Republic (GDR), before the venue was used as a theater, the ballroom was used as the Casion des Handwerks and became a pool hall and nightclub after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Ballhaus Ost was founded by the directors Uwe-Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the performer Anne Tismer in 2006. Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr have been the artistic directors since 2011.