Dys­func­tional duo in red

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Cabaret - Tanya MacNaughton

BER­LIN-based sib­lings Astrid and Otto Rot, other­wise known as Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) have lived a colour­ful life.

“Our par­ents were killed by a train when I was 12,” Astrid said.

“We ran away from the nasty aunt and un­cle who came to look af­ter us and ended up liv­ing in a squat in Ber­lin.

“The squat was full of artists and we be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with sounds, scrap­ing chairs across con­crete, that kind of thing.

“Then one day a pri­mary school was throw­ing out some in­stru­ments, I took them back to the squat and within a few months we gave our first con­cert at a party in the squat; the rest is his­tory.”

This dra­matic back­ground for the dys­func­tional sis­ter and brother duo, al­ter-egos of Aus­tralian per­form­ers Clare Bartholomew and Daniel To­bias, helps to ex­plain the wild com­edy cabaret ride that is a Die Roten Punkte show.

Au­di­ences should ex­pect the un­ex­pected when they per­form in WA for the first time on Oc­to­ber 23, fol­low­ing award-win­ning sea­sons in Mel­bourne, Mon­treal and Ed­in­burgh.

The Rots will present their se­cond full-length show Su­per Mu­si­cian at Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre, if they can re­sist squab­bling too much on stage.

“Lis­ten­ing to our mu­sic is like you had a shower and then poured sher­bet all over your body and it starts tin­gling and fizzing,” Astrid said. “It’s like an ex­plo­sion of rock ’n’ roll, elec­tro clash, su­per cool moves and a lot of red lip­stick.”

Otto and Astrid Rot

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