24-Decade History of Popular Music. Taylor Mac
With 246 pop songs through 240 years of American history: Taylor Mac’s monumental show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” tells an alternative story of the USA.
Taylor Mac’s outstanding pop odyssey “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” decodes the social history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular from 1776 to the present day. Having earned vast acclaim in the U.S. as one of the most celebrated theater events of the decade, the 24-hour extravaganza comes to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele for its European premiere and exclusive European performance of this unabridged version.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music’ is a re-enactment that shows why individuals and movements, if they consistently remain united, have the potential to flourish and become ever more just. I’m not a teacher. It’s my job to remind people of something. I remind the audience about things they’ve forgotten, dismissed or buried – or that others have buried for them.
Taylor Mac creates an opulent, genre-defying show with lush new arrangements of all 246 songs by Music Director Matt Ray. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has handmade outrageously imaginative, world-unto-themselves costumes specific to each decade. Joining Mac over the course of the four six-hour performances – each covering six decades of American history – will be over 100 other artists, including Berlin musicians, special guests and a group of “Dandy Minions”: performers of all kinds from the most diverse communities in Berlin. Together with them and the audience judy – Taylor Mac’s preferred gender pronoun – develops the experience of a collective happening that dissolves all boundaries and takes everyone on an epic journey.