ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition (European premiere) in Berlin

© John Hogg
© John Hogg

Save the dates for the European premiere of ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition on the 29th and 30th of September 2015 at Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

How are tradition and heritage re-evaluated in different cultural groups? What stories do we tell and why? ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition, a new work from Constanza Macras premiered in Johannesburg in 2015, examines what traditions and rites look like in urban centers today. For this project Macras has assembled an international cast of dancers, performers and musicians from her company Dorky Park and from South Africa, and worked with photographs by African-American artist Ayana V. Jackson. With humor, music and energetic choreography, On Fire reflects on the artistic deconstruction of colonial and patriarchal images of the »other« in postapartheid times.

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in co-production with Dance Umbrella South Africa (SA) and Maxim Gorki Theater (DE).

Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Cultural Foundation) and the Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department with the support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Goethe Institut SüdafrikaDance Forum Johannesburg and Momo Gallery.

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World premiere of “THE GHOSTS” in Berlin

the ghosts© Andrés Castoldi

On September 3rd and 4th 2015HAU Hebbel am Uffer‘s international dance festival Tanz im August closes at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin with a new work by Constanza Macras, a production DorkyPark and  Goethe Institut-China. Additional shows will be held on the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th September 2015 at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz.

In THE GHOSTS Macras explores the fate of ‘discarded’ Chinese acrobats. Once celebrated by their compatriots, by their mid-twenties they are obliged to scrape by on the edge of society without state benefits or professional perspectives. Together with the dancers of DorkyPark, Macras and the acrobats examine the contradictions and social injustices of contemporary China, and enable these ‘hungry ghosts’ to return to the limelight for a while.



A production Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Goethe Institut-China


In co-production with Tanz im August, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia and Guangdong Dance Festival. Funded by Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin – Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs. Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department and with the friendly support of The Garden Hotel. 

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