Premiere of our new Production: THE GHOSTS (3. September 2015 Tanz im August)

A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark and Goethe Institut China in co-production with Tanz im August, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Udine.

Funded by Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.

© Constanza Macras

© Constanza Macras


THE GHOSTS will have its world premiere on the 3. September 2015 as the closing performance of Tanz Im August – Berlin International Contemporary Dance Festival at the Schaubühne in Berlin. Additional dates are: 4 / 5 / 7 / 8. September 2015 in Schaubühne Berlin.


In her new project THE GHOSTS, Constanza Macras explores through a collaboration with former Chinese circus acrobats, a largely unkown – and in China denigrated – social group. The status of the “hungry ghosts” in China’s ghost mythology serves as an allegory to explore the fates and “isolated existences” of former circus artists in these time of economic boom in China. With a rich 2000-year-old history incorporating philosophical and important cultural strands, the Chinese acrobatic arts has a lot to tell us not only about the practitioners – the acrobats – but also about Chinese society and its outlook on the modern world.

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THE PAST at Schaubühne in May 2015

THE PAST is returning for two guest performances to Schaubühne, Berlin on 20. May (20:30) and 21. May (20:00).

© Thomas Aurin

© Thomas Aurin

Save the date and get your tickets now.

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Constanza Macras has been invited to participate as a speaker in the advanced training program CHOREOGRAPHIE DES BLICKS, organized by the Goethe Institut and taking place from 26.-28. March 2015 at Uferstudios, Berlin.

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Constanza Macras had been invited to participate as a speaker in the URBAN PLACES – PUBLIC SPACES program, organized by the Goethe Institut and introduced her FAUST-Preis-awarded production “Megalopolis”.

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Details about the program can be found here

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Guest Performance of OPEN FOR EVERYTHING in Udine, Italy

17. // 18. April 2015
at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine


Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for culture and the media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

Details about the production, reviews, photos can be found here

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Coming Up @Studio44: GIANT or 11 ARTISTS, 22 LIGHTS, 33 HOURS, STUDIO 44

Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Isabel Lewis, Tatiana Saphir, Jan-Sebastian Šuba are preparing GIANT at the moment, taking place from Thursday 26. March to Saturday 28. March 2015 from 14:00 pm to 01:00 am in Studio 44.

GIANT can be called many things: live installation, active space, durational performance, situation. It is a hungry being, not autonomous but rather invites interaction, subsuming all that happens within its borders into itself to become truly gigantic. It is the creative space we stake out for ourselves and our guests that vibrates in a crafted and specific way. Within this range of conditions we host, hang out, eat, play and perform, and the context is constantly jumping between being a show, an exhibition, a festival and a party. GIANT is people working together, constructing a frame for surprises, a format that embraces the unplanned as potential catalysts for new ideas. GIANT is.

Ariel Efraim Ashbel (b.1982, Tel Aviv) is a Berlin based artist from Israel, who makes performances. Between the years 2008-2010 he was associate artistic director of the “IntimaDance” Festival for contemporary dance and performance in Tel Aviv’s Tmuna Theater. Since 2011 he is based in Berlin, and has contributed to various projects in HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater, HZT (Uferstudios), ausland, the Berlin Biennial, the Porn Film Festival, Transmediale and more. In 2013 his first German piece “All white people look the same to me” premiered in Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Alongside his work as a director he also collaborates with colleagues as performer and dramaturge. Ariel is a graduate of the School of Visual Theater Jerusalem (2006) and holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University (2010). He won the Akko festival prize for alternative theater in 2003, annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in (2003-2007), the Mayor of Jerusalem and the HaZira Performance Art Center prize in 2006, the ‘Legacy’ Foundation scholarship in 2007, and participated in Goethe Institute and International Theater Institution’s (ITI) residency program for young theater directors in 2011.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981) is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. She lived in New York City where she danced for many choreographers and where she has shown her own commissioned works from 2004 onwards at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church amongst others. Lewis is based in Berlin since 2009. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy her current work takes the form of hosted “occasions” which are celebratory meetings of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances and has been presented by Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Frieze London, Liverpool Biennial, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Lewis has lectured on topics such as open source and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems, collaborative creative formats (Communal EPIC Fiction), future dance techniques (BALLISTIC BODY), and rapping as an embodied speech act (FLOW PLAY: Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop) at Serpentine Galleries, Kampnagel, and Hebbel Am Ufer amongst others.

Tatiana Saphir was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires. Since 2003 she lives and works between Buenos Aires and Berlin. She worked with many film and theater directors and studied theater, dance as well as film and theater theory in Buenos Aires before moving to Berlin. In 2008 she established with her sister Tamara the performance group TnT, creating together their first piece “a brief history of Argentinian Punk”, which was performed in several venues around Germany and France. During thee years she also started to write and direct her own shows, presented in various festivals in Europe and Argentina. In Berlin Tatiana has worked with many performance, theater and dance makers; Among them are Santiago Blaum, Constanza Macras/Dorkypark , Nir de Volff, Dirk Cieslak/Lubricat, AndCompany&co, Gob Squad, And with Argentinean theater director Federico Leon. Since 2004 she’s also collaboratiing with electro-latin-korean music collective AZUKITA, and since 2009 Djing in many festivals, events and parties as DJ OBSTSALAT.

Jan-Sebastian Šuba was born 1974 in Berlin. He is a performer and actor, in theater and movies. Mostly interested in collaborations on stage he worked in Sophiensaele, HAU, Ballhaus Ost, Dock 11, Maxim-Gorki-Studio, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Dietheater Wien, Bregenzer Frühling, Adam-Mickewicz-Institut Warschau, Levontin 7 and more, with i.e.: Gob Squad, Constanza Macras/Dorky Park, andcompany&co., Peaches, Hans-Werner Krösinger, Ulf Otto, Santiago Blaum, Lubricat, Bruno Cathomas, aktionstheater ensemble wien, Maya Dunietz, Showcase Beat Le Mot, Nir DeVolff and many others. In Film he played in “Totale Therapie” by Christian Frosch and in “Hysteria”, “I’d like to die a 1000 times”, “Apokalypse I + II” and “Viva Europa” by Edwien Brienen. He is also known as DJ, Karaoke-Addict and mud-wrestler.

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Constanza Macras cooperates with Herbert Grönemeyer for his latest music video

End of January 2015 Herbert Grönemeyer and Constanza Macras started collaborating for a choreography to Herbert Grönemeyer’s latest music video for the song “Fang mich an”. Have a look below to see the results in the official music video and watch Constanza Macras and Herbert Grönemeyer talk about this project in the “making of”

Herbert Grönemeyer “Fang mich an”

Constanza Macras and Herbert Grönemeyer talking about their collaboration:

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WORLD PREMIERE: ON FIRE – The Invention Of Tradition




A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark in collaboration with Ayana V Jackson. A co-production with Dance Umbrella South Africa. Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten – der Regierende Bürgermeister Berlin and with friendly support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Goethe Institut Südafrika, Dance Forum Johannesburg and Momo Gallery.




On Fire, a new piece by Constanza Macras, deals with the re-evaluation of heritage and tradition in relation to segregated cultural groups, which are being articulated in new ways in urban life – and with self-defined contemporary practices and rituals. The piece wishes to reflect on postcolonial / post – apartheid ongoing power struggles and the artistic deconstructions of colonial / patriarchal imageries of “the other“. Macras works with a mixed cast of South African and Berlin-based performers in collaboration with the Johannesburg-based artist Ayana V. Jackson, whose photography interrogates and deconstructs other aspects of a specific chapter that we might add to the history of “invented traditions”: the visual representation of the “other” in historical and journalistic photography.



26. & 27. FEB 2015 / 19h00
(Dance Factory, Cnr. Jeppe & President St,
Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa)


3. MAR 2015 / 19h00
(French-Mozambican Cultural Centre (CCFM),
Av. Samora Machel,468, Maputo, Mozambique)


Dates to be announced soon.


Choreography & Director: Constanza Macras

By & With: Louis Becker, Emil Bordás, Lucky Kele, Jelena Kuljic, Diile Lebeko, Mandla Mathonsi, Thulani Mgidi, Melusi Mkhwanjana, Felix Saalmann, Fana Tshabalala, John Sithole

Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Visual Artist: Ayana V. Jackson
Video Design: Dean Hutton
Costume Design: Constanza Macras
Costume Assistant: Noluthando Lobese
Assistant Director: Nikoletta Fischer
Sound Design: Jelena Kuljic / Abigail Thatcher
Lighting Design: Catalina Fernandez
Technical Direction: Abigail Thatcher

Production Management (Johannesburg): Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Production Management (Berlin): Katharina Wallisch
Production Office: René Dombrowski
International Relations: Rui Silveira
Tour Management: Ricardo Frayha

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COMING UP: THE PAST at Schaubühne Berlin and in India & Sri Lanka

If you missed one of the shows of THE PAST in 2014 in Hellerau, Dresden and in Schaubühne, Berlin, you have a chance again to see it now.


THE PAST will be performed in Schaubühne, Berlin on 29 & 30 JAN (20:00) as well as on 3 FEB 2015 (20:00). You can get your tickets via Schaubühne here.

Additionally THE PAST will be performed in India and in Sri Lanka on the following dates:

9. FEB 2015: Attakkalari India Dance Biennial in Bangalore, India
12. FEB 2015: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall in Chennai, India
15. FEB 2015: Musaeus College in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Preview 2015

After a great year 2014 with many highlights (see below) the new year 2015 is around the corner and here is a preview of what to expect:

Highlights 2014

 OPEN STUDIO workshop and performance series in our Studio 44

 ON FIRE residency program with lots of great performances in the Studio 44 with the friendly support of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung

 DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - International Symposium On The Critical Reflection Of Body, Sound And Space In The City in collaboration with Studio Lukas Feireiss and ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, with the friendly support of Schering Stiftung

 THE PAST world premiere and guest performances in collaboration with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, Dresden and Schaubühne, Berlin, with the friendly support of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Pro Helvetia

Preview 2015


© Thomas Aurin

© Thomas Aurin

  • at Schaubühne, Berlin: 29. / 30 JAN & 3. FEB 2015 – (get your tickets here)
  • in Indian & Sri Lanka
    • 9. FEB 2015: Bangalore, India
    • 12. FEB 2015: Chennai, India
    • 15. FEB 2015: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Details about the production: here


© Manuel Osterholt

© Manuel Osterholt

  • at Dance Umbrella Festival, Johannesburg: 26. (Premiere) / 27. FEB 2015
  • guest performances in Summer in Berlin: venue and dates to be announced

Details about the production: here



© Thomas Aurin

  • at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine in Udine / Italy: 17. / 18. APR 2015

Details about the production: here


  • Summer in Berlin – details to be announced
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