Dysfunctional duo in red
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