Writer-director Clement Hil Goldberg has created a 50-minute masterpiece of surrealist political satire combining live action [performance] and stop-motion animation. A fantasy confection of glitter, style, kitsch and karma, Our Future Ends offers a neat, binary analogy between an anthropomorphized population of endangered lemurs and a postmodern cult of queer spirituality. The idea is that parallel stories of extinction face the animal population and authentically indie queer spaces, as each is threatened by forces of commerce, industrialism, opioids and cultural appropriation. There are songs and dances, DJs and video, all starring Brontez Purnell, Heather María Ács and Siobhan Aluvalot, with Zackary Drucker, Silas Howard, Xandra Ibarra, Ben McCoy and Maryam Farnaz Rostami as voices of the ancient, imperiled animated Malagasy.
— LA WEEKLY, by Shana Nys Dambrot
Choreography by LARRY ARRINGTON
Costume Design by MARGARET BOLTON GRACE
Lighting Design by JERRY LEE
Original Animation Score by TED M. SUPERSTAR
Original Music by TED M. SUPERSTAR and HALE MAY with Sound Engineering by SOPHIA POIRIER
Co-presented by SOME SERIOUS BUSINESS and COUNTERPULSE
Epilogue for Our Future Ends at the STUD in San Francisco on March 17, 2018. Photos by Alex Girard. Lemurians: Brontez Purnell, Heather María Ács. Cosmic DJ: Siobhan Aluvalot. Madame HP Blavatsky: John Foster Cartwright. Costumes by Margaret Bolton Grace. Lighting Design by Jerry Lee. Created by Clement Hil Goldberg. Presented by Some Serious Business at the 2018 CounterPulse Festival and SFMOMA Open Spaces Limited Edition Winter Series.
Epilogue for Our Future Ends is dance party and performance with new and restaged selections from Our Future Ends (a multidisciplinary satire about near extinct lemurs and long lost Lemuria). Epilogue continues the legacy of Lemurians (Brontez Purnell and Heather Acs), summons a Cosmic DJ (Siobhan Aluvalot) and occult luminary Madame Blavatsky (Lyddle Jean) and features a live performance by musician Hale May along with Our Future Ends remixes by TED M SUPERSTAR. March 17, 5-7pm at the STUD in SF
Epilogue for Our Future Ends is part of the inaugural CounterPulse Festival in affiliation with SFMOMA Open Spaces Limited Editions Winter Series. Visit counterpulse.org/cp-fest18 for more information.
Created by Clement Hil Goldberg
Presented by Some Serious Business
Costume Design by Margaret Cleaver
Original Music, Animation Score, and Remixes by TED M SUPERSTAR
Original Music by Hale May
Sound Engineering by Sophia Poirier
Choreography by Larry Arrington
Lighting Design by Jerry Lee
Performance Photos by Robbie Sweeny Photography
“Telepathic” by Ted M. Superstar (featuring Brontez Purnell, Heather María Ács, Maryam Farnaz Rostami)
Our Future Ends is a multidisciplinary satire that connects threats of extinction to wildlife and wild life. Oscillating between queer dance party, animation and theater, Epilogue for Our Future Ends at The STUD combines live performances from Brontez Purnell, Heather María Ács, and Siobhan Aluvalot as both long extinct Lemurians and the voices of stop motion animated lemurs (additionally voiced by Maryam Farnaz Rostami, Xandra Ibarra, Zackary Drucker, Ben McCoy, and Silas Howard). John Foster Cartwright joins the cast as occult writer Madame Blavatsky and musician Hale May performs a solo piece with calls from singing indri lemurs.
Our Future Ends at CounterPulse October 12-21 2017, Photography by Robbie Sweeny
Brontez Purnell, Maryam Farnaz Rostami, and Heather María Ács, Costume Design by Margaret Bolton Grace, Lighting Design by Jerry Lee