Our Future Ends is a sad yet hopeful satire that connects threats of extinction to wildlife and wild life through fabulously choreographed final numbers. The multidisciplinary piece unearths Lemuria in a visual arts installation that unfolds into parallel narratives. Oscillating between video documentation, animation, dance and theater, the work combines live performances from Brontez Purnell, Maryam Farnaz Rostami, and Heather María Ács as both long extinct Lemurians and the voices of stop motion animated lemurs (additionally voiced by Xandra Ibarra, Zackary Drucker, Ben McCoy, Silas Howard and Siobhan Aluvalot).
Lemurs (from lemures or ghosts) are the most endangered mammals on the planet. The displaced primates are housed in captive breeding programs for research and to maintain diverse genetic populations, but even if their species is rehabilitated to adequate numbers in captivity they will not be able to return home. After 60 million years, Madagascar is no longer an option as 90% of their original forests are gone and deposits of mineral riches continue to be mined. Lemurians were queer prehistoric entities, occult imagined divine androgynes that went extinct along with the Atlanteans. The World Wildlife Fund’s latest report noted that the wildlife population has declined in half since 1972, an uncanny time period for the artists, culture and community lost to the AIDS crisis. By 2020 nearly two-thirds of wildlife may be lost to the planet and queer spaces face a similar fate.
Written, Directed, Animated and Created by Clement Hil Goldberg
Choreography by Larry Arrington, Costume Design by Margaret Bolton Grace, Lighting Design by Jerry Lee, Original Music by Sophia Poirier and Hale May, Original Score by Ted M. Superstar, Visual Art Installation and Set Design Collaborators Jerry Lee, Conrad Meyers, Maryam Farnaz Rostami with Clement Hil Goldberg. Special thanks to CounterPulse, Duke Lemur Center and their lemurs, Sumathi Ramaswamy author of The Lost Land of Lemuria Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories, and Bett Williams and Beth Hill.
This work was made possible in part by awards from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
2016 Our Future Ends at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive:
Viewing Crystal Collaborators:
Design by Maryam Rostami Fabrication by Conrad Meyers
Special Thanks to The Duke Lemur Center, Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy, and Natalie Coblentz