Elaine Mitchener: On Being Human as Praxis

  • Haus der Berliner Festspiele
  • Dance
  • Performance

19.03.2023 / 20:00 – 22:00
With Elaine Mitchener

At this year’s edition of MaerzMusik Festival, Elaine Mitchener will present two major productions. In collaboration with the Artists-in-Berlin Program, on March 19 she will stage the work cycle On Being Human as Praxis : 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.

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


Jason Yarde
THE PROBLEM WITH HUMANS Volume 1 – An Overview From Under (2020)
for voice and ensemble

Matana Roberts
Gasping for air / considering your purpose / Dissolving (2020)
for voice and ensemble

Laure M. Hiendl
White Radiance™ (2020)
for voice, ensemble and electronics

Tansy Davies
The Rule is Love (2019)
a song cycle for contralto and chamber ensemble

George Lewis
H. narrans (2020)
for voice and ensemble


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


Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Große Bühne, Schaperstr. 24, 10719 Berlin

Photo: Jasper Kettner / Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD

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