New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Birds With Skymirrors | 1st - 3rd December 2011, Berlin

Birds With Skymirrors is a radical composition in dance, ceremony, poetry, chant, and oratory; a unique and visionary theatre proposition. In times of momentous planetary climate change, global discussions and negotiations about the future of Earth are taking place.

Continuing Ponifasio’s bold and ground-breaking stage vocabulary, Birds With Skymirrors is a dance reflection through beauty and ceremony on our relationship with our planet. The title is inspired by what Lemi Ponifasio encountered on the Pacific Island of Tarawa where he witnessed frigate birds carrying what appeared to be liquid mirrors in their mouths. These ›skymirrors‹ were strips of black magnetic tape from the Pacific Garbage Highway. The awful poetry of this apocalyptic vision became the starting point for this work.
 
»The images created in this work by MAU, Ponifasio’s New Zealand-based company, are physically extraordinary and imaginatively charged, embracing a global view of the world and our place in it. Neither strictly dance nor theatre, these constellations of stylised action are taut with concentration and executed with astonishing precision by performers drawn from mostly non-dance and non-theatre backgrounds. Watching these mini-narratives unfold is like catching a field of sunflowers in the act of turning towards the sun.« Guardian.co.uk, Alice Bain, 19 August 2010
 
Lemi Ponifasio and MAU Company [Samoa/New Zealand]  
 
8pm | Thurs  1st - Sat  3rd December 2011 | Haus der Berliner Festspiele
 
Tickets are available on the spielzeit'europa website and at:
 
Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin
Tel  +49 30 254 89-100
Fax +49 30 254 89-230
E-Mail: ticketinfo@berlinerfestspiele.de

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