Design And Performance Lab

London premiere: "Mourning for a dead moon"


"Mourning for a dead moon "

a choreographic performance fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections


directed by Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux


Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30pm

Antonin Artaud Theatre, Brunel University London - UB8 3PH

Tickets: Free Admission | House Opens at 7:15pm

Telephone: 01895 267343 for Info. No reservations are necessary



"Mourning for a dead moon" explores the layers of perceptions in an audiovisual world that is under pressure.

An international collaboration created by DAP-Lab and directed by Johannes Birringer, Mourning for a dead moon is a choreographic performance work featuring a range of visual, subliminal-subtextual and thematic allusions to the climate catastrophe, to our polluted environments and endangered lifeforms.

Acephale : faceless head hiding

after moon, holding the heart out

incandescent sensory phenomena

cryptogamae and spores

flying particles spreading in the stratosphere

you stand affixed before the vast

detritus-littered and scarred ecological topoi.

My mind I send / with the moon /

that goes beyond the mountain /

but what of this body / left behind in the darkness?

[Saigyo, 12th C]

The performance ideas and design concepts are directed by Johannes Birringer and Michèle Danjoux, with choreography by Zhi Xu, Macarena Ortuzar, Yoko Ishiguro & Helenna Ren.

Live music and sound processing by Dee Egan and Louie Marlow. Erhu instrumental performance by Helenna Ren.

Costume design by Michèle Danjoux.

Video and 3D digital designs by Johannes Birringer.

Scenography & lighting by Johannes Birringer and Charles Manister.

Additional engineering and design prototypes by Maria Dada & Ragnar Hrafnkelsson (LCF)




see film of the Moon project

Photos: (c) dap 2019


Project directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

Brunel University, West London