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Recording: 2023-06-30 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Joni Barnard, Marc Philipp Gabriel

Danse Macabre and The Burning of The Bugs


Production Details / Press Releases

Inspired by the queerness of the insect world, Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is an absurd tragic-comic response to the horror of the bug Apocalypse.

Danse Macabre and the Burning of the Bugs is a tragic-comic response to the current species extinction in the insect world, the horror of the silent Bug Apocalypse, the violence we inflict on the planet and each other and the absurdity of our self-induced overheated end of days. In the 90’s when all the performers were kids, there were 4 times more flying insects than now. Since then the amount of beetles, flies, bees and butterflies has reduced by 75% – in just 30 years! If we don’t queer the f*ck up, we are not going to survive! DMBB dives into a multi-layered exploration of the queerness of the insect world – loud, colourful, messy, full of sheddings, transformations, evolutions and deaths.

Joni Barnard (them / they) is excited by queer and trickster approaches to life and work, practices of consent and radical liberation. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Joni is currently living and working in Berlin. Joni is an artist, live performer, rapper, choreographer, dramaturg and cultivator of embodied activism. They are adventurous and wild and find extreme joy in collaboration, experimentation and play!

Marc Philipp Gabriel (he/him) is a white Berlin based performance artist working between body, voice, installation, video and architecture from the perspective of dance and movement. His work offers unconventional angles on social norms, contributing to the discourse of future models of how to be together on and with planet Earth.


TFB Nr. 1781

Cast & Credits

Concept, Creation: Joni Barnard, Marc Philipp Gabriel
Performance: Joni Barnard, Liselotte Singer, Kinga Ötvös & Marc Philipp Gabriel
Music: Kinga Ötvös & Team
Feature Song: Stash Crew
Scenography, Masks: Tis Aly
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Dramaturgy: Olympia Bukkakis
Video-Consultation: Elisa Purfürst
Costume: Rommelo Krause
Production Management: Anajara Amarante

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR and by the residency program of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Uferstudios Berlin.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Marc Philipp Gabriel / Trailers and Video Documentations

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