IT’S A STAKE STRIKE
Anna McCarthy (Munich)
Public Space, Radio 80000
Meeting Point: Parkplatz Olympia-Eissportzentrum, Spiridon-Louis-Ring
As the grand finale of GLOBAL ANGST, Anna McCarthy stages a radical abstract opera to tame the worldʼs fears. By igniting the global Angst wicker man with a closing ceremony that manifests new shapes from the fire, symbolically countering its initially destructive nature and often ritualistic affiliations to bigotry (be it witch hunts, book burning or the Ku Klux Klan), Anna McCarthy reclaims it as an element for replenishment and rebirth. In a theatrical and musical rendition, she takes on the persona of Lucy Strike to call out the wicker man to honour current and past victims of bigotry, including Bavarian teenager Anneliese Michel who, in the 1970’s, due to her epilepsy, underwent 67 exorcisms initiated by her parents together with the Catholic Church, as well as nods to theatrical political actions such as W.I.T.C.H. (“Women Interested in Toppling Consumer Holidays”) or the 1967 Exorcism of the Pentagon “Out demons, out!”.