Dam Van Huynh works with long term collaborator Elaine Mitchener to present the live premiere of On Being Human as Praxis as part of MaerzMusik 2023. Elaine brings together five works by five composers for voice, electronics and ensemble to create On Being Human as Praxis based on the work of feminist cultural theorist Sylvia Wynter.

What does it mean to be human? And what does it mean in our present time? Elaine Mitchener draws on feminist writings by Jamaican cultural theorist Sylvia Wynter to engage with these fundamental issues – and contrasts the European-colonial concept of humanity with a praxis of being human that needs to be learnt anew.

Sunday 19 March 2023, 20:00 – Live Premiere
Haus der Berliner Festipiele, Main Stage – Berlin, Germany

On Being Human As Praxis

George Lewis H. narrans
Tansy Davies The rule is love
Jason Yarde THE PROBLEM WITH HUMANS Volume 1 – An Overview From Under
Laure M. Hiendl White Radiance (the brand name)
Matana Roberts Gasping for air considering your purpose Dissolving…

Elaine Mitchener concept, vocal soloist (contralto)
Dam Van Huynh choreographer, director
Ieva Navickaite dance
Tommaso Petrolo dance
Michael Picknett Lighting

MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik:
Heather Roche clarinet
Paul Hübner trumpet
Sabrina Ma drums
Sarah Saviet violin
Caleb Salgado double bass

A coproduction of Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

This project was commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage 2020 and has not yet been presented with a live audience.