Life could be over by tomorrow. Time for a memento mori. But could everything have turned out differently if we had only known more, believed more, wanted more? BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES (BLÜHENDE LANDSCHAFTEN) by LUNA PARK/Kosmas Kosmopoulos is a breathless course over green fields of rubble. A wailing, aggressive chorus of human and nonhuman voices sings their disappointment at all the unfulfilled promises made by the West and is struck down by the echo of its own failure. All of it ends in a ceremony of tears. But are the tears real? Or just for show? BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES sets out in search of adequate grief and the art and grace of mourning.
BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES is produced by Initiative LUNA PARK. LUNA PARK is an organization open to freelance artists from a range of disciplines. It is based in Berlin and Athens and has existed since 2003. Since 2019, the initiative has been anchored institutionally as a nonprofit through a long-term artist residence at Gesundbrunnen Elementary School in a social hotspot of Berlin-Wedding. After “Lessen to the Fourth,” “CAPTURE & discard,” “Mountains of Desire,” and “Crossing the Freeway,” Kosmas Kosmopoulos is now producing his fifth group performance with LUNA PARK. The rehearsals take place in the rooms of the school, in a development process that is frequently opened up to invite participation from the school’s neighborhood.
Access for the event on the 10.10. is only possible via the entrance Uferstraße 23!
The number of seats for the performance is limited, and audience members must provide contact information. Masks are required to attend, and the Uferstudios’ hygiene plan must be followed.
BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES is a production by Initiative LUNA PARK e.V. and Kosmas Kosmopoulos in cooperation with the Gesundbrunnen Elementary School, with the support of the project TANZ UND THEATER IM QUARTIER funded by the Bildung im Quartier (BiQ) program from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). THE CORONA EDITION is supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the program NEUSTART KULTUR / NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT. Dates and locations for THE CORONA EDITION (public squares, parks, parking garages, etc.) will be announced toward the end of 2020 at www.lunapark.education.
Performance: Aaron Carey-Burrows, Woo-Sang Jeon, Maria Kandylaki, Nikoleta Koutitsa, Rachael Mauney, Maya Milet, Jay (Junghwi) Park | Artistic direction, concept, and choreography: Kosmas Kosmopoulos | Original music: Antonios Palaskas | Stage design and curatorial advising: Gm Touliatou | Technical direction and lighting design: Dimitrios Stamatis | Text and dramaturgical advising: Kai Pichmann | Production management and communication: Michael Ludwig Tsouloukidse | Photography and documentation: Giovanni Lo Curto, Inga Panovaite