Berlin / Zitadelle / Dead Can Dance

Posted: June 18, 2013 by vals81 in Berlin, Dark, Folk, Gothic, Zitadelle
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Dead Can Dance (7/10)
Start 20:00 / End 21:45
It was hard, not to say impossible, to find a better venue in Berlin than the inner court of the ancient fortress Zitadelle in Spandau. Since the Dead Can Dance reunion in 2011, the band started touring worldwide with no rest, also offering live performances of songs extracted from the new work “Anastasis” since last year. Dead Can Dance formed in 1981 in Australia and then moved to England; its fan base has grown over the years, leading the band to play sold out concerts for almost every date, nevermind the country. The audience is pretty differentiated, even if the majority of attendees in Berlin were middle-aged people as well as gothic/dark followers, who were easily recognizeable for their clothes and make-up. It’s not easy to define Dead Can Dance’s style; the Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described it as “constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty”, which I think gives an idea about its complex mix of African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock. There was daylight until almost the end of the concert, so this made the few light effects on stage, which featured a minimalistic scenic design, ineffective. I think to avoid this issue, an indoor location such as Passionkirche could have been, maybe, a suitable choice for the music proposal of Dead Can Dance. Brendan and Lisa didn’t interact with the audience, and they stood as statues on the stage similarly to the other band members: this increased the majesty and grace of the music. Nothing mattered but their voices and music: just closing the eyes and letting you abandon to Dead Can Dance’s sound, you can reach ethereal and fantasy worlds.


Venue: Zitadelle Spandau
Price: 58,75€ at Trinity Music
Setlist: Dead Can Dance

Berlin, 17.06.2013

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