Taylor Mac's “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” und Mariano Pensotti's “Diamante” at Haus der Berliner Festspiele


Press release from 10 May 2019

Taylor Mac's monumental show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” can be seen for the first time in Germany from 10 October, before Mariano Pensotti's play “Diamante”, for which he is building a walk-in village on the stage of the Festspielhaus, can be seen from 16 November. Tickets are now available online.

Taylor Mac’s outstanding pop odyssey “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” decodes the social history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular from 1776 to the present day. Having earned vast acclaim in the U.S. as one of the most celebrated theater events of the decade, the 24-hour extravaganza comes to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele for its European premiere and exclusive European performance of this unabridged version.

“‘A 24-Decade History of Popular Music’ is a re-enactment that shows why individuals and movements, if they consistently remain united, have the potential to flourish and become ever more just,” says Taylor Mac. “I’m not a teacher. It’s my job to remind people of something. I remind the audience about things they’ve forgotten, dismissed or buried –or that others have buried for them.”

Taylor Mac creates an opulent, genre-defying show with lush new arrangements of all 246 songs by Music Director Matt Ray. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has handmade outrageously imaginative, worlds-unto-themselves costumes specific to each decade. Joining Mac over the course of the four six-hour performances – each covering six decades of American history – will be over 100 other artists, including Berlin musicians, special guests and a group of “Dandy Minions”: performers of all kinds from the most diverse communities in Berlin. Together with them and the audience judy – Taylor Mac’s preferred gender pronoun – develops the experience of a collective happening that dissolves all boundaries and takes everyone on an epic journey.

From 16 to 24 November Taylor Mac's show will be followed by a unique form of Gesamtkunstwerk combining acting, lighting and film: For his play “Diamante” Mariano Pensotti builds a village into the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The play is a parable about the development of a fictional workers’ settlement, a kind of Silicon Valley on the edge of the jungle. In this six-hour theatrical event the audience will experience together with the inhabitants how in the course of a year this model society turns into a place of violence: communal physical exercises and community concerts give way to hold-ups and xenophobia.

The visitors are invited not only to look through the windows of the houses in Diamante but also to seek their own path through the various lives of the residents. They move between locations and connect the scenes together into a play of their own. In a walk-through environment of elaborately co-ordinated scenes performed in parallel the audience experience social change in the workers’ settlement and encounter its inhabitants in the Festspielhaus in between their homes.

Tickets & Dates

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Taylor Mac
10 to 20 October 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets available online.

Chapter 1: 10 October 2019, 18:00–00:00
Chapter 2: 12 October 2019, 18:00–00:00
Chapter 3: 18 October 2019, 18:00–00:00
Chapter 4: 20 October 2019, 18:00–00:00

“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is produced by Pomegranate Arts (Executive Producer, Linda Brumbach; Associate Producer, Alisa Regas) and Taylor Mac’s company Nature’s Darlings.

Taylor Mac “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Mariano Pensotti / Grupo Marea
16 to 24 November 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets available online.

16 November 2019, 17:00–23:00
17 November 2019, 15:00–21:00
20 November 2019, 17:00–23:00
22 November 2019, 17:00–23:00
23 November 2019, 17:00–23:00
24 November 2019, 15:00–21:00

A premiere of the Ruhrtriennale 2018. The performances in Berlin are a co-production of Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Wiener Festwochen and the Grand Theatre Groningen.

Press contact: Svenja Kauer
Tel +49 30 254 89 267;

Press images are available on our website.

The programme Immersion was made possible by an initiative of the German Federal Parliament and thanks to the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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