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


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© 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


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© 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



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  • 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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Andrzej Wirth after having seen THE PAST

Night after with Julie: the breakfast egg opens showing a little dead chicken.
nevertheless the weather is exceptional for this season,
and boulders are not raining down from the sky.

In radio Chou En-lai explains Kissinger Mao’s cultural revolution:
“Under heaven is chaos: the situation can’t be better”.

In Hellerau Constanza Macras interviews old women who survived fire bombs
raining down from the sky on Dresden.

She says: you can’t remember anything without recalling the location.
Her dances are not unlike Julie’s world landscapes
reminiscences of a catastrophe which has happened or is going to happen.

Andrzej Wirth

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THE PAST – Berlin Premiere 27. Nov at Schaubühne

THE PAST – Constanza Macras | DorkyPark’s and Oscar Bianchi’s new piece, will be performed at Schaubühne, Berlin on the 27 // 29 // 30 Nov 2014 & 1 Dec 2014.

Get your tickets via Schaubühne


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New Production: THE PAST – Premiere 7. November 2014 in Hellerau

The new production THE PAST by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Oscar Bianchi will have it’s world premiere on 7. November 2014 in HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden. One additional show will be performed on 8. November 2014 in Hellerau.


Tickets for the performances in Hellerau can be booked here:

The Berlin premiere will be on 27. November 2014 in Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin. Additional shows will be on 29. & 30. November & 1. December 2014.

Tickets for the performances in Schaubühne, Berlin can be booked here:

THE PAST is a production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in coproduction with Schaubühne Berlin. Funded through the Doppelpass program by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.


THE PAST explores the art of memory, or ars memoriae, in which memories are particularly strongly associated with physical locations, rooms and architecture. The starting point is the city as a concrete geographical location, as an anchor for memory, a mental picture and a cast of mind. What happens with our memories, what happens to those who are remembering when these physical places are destroyed? Constanza Macras talked to eyewitnesses who can remember cities that no longer exist in the same form today. The actions in the piece refer to the ancient techniques of ars memoriae, whereby in order to recall the thing to be remembered, we first have to find and organise our impressions. At the heart of this mnemonic technique is spatial orientation. How do we use rooms and places to remember?

The piece explores architectonic places as narrative instruments of our history – in the rewriting of history, for overcoming the wounds of the past, and for understanding contemporary events (personal and global) as part of a constant cycle that we experience as the passing of time. THE PAST is the fruit of a close collaboration with Oscar Bianchi, who composed a music delving into collective and individual memory. Exploring spaces between written and oral practice, the music embodies both the amplitude and the contradictions that rites of passage, communication and memory entail in the sphere of sound, and celebrate sound as a physical, sometime muscular, place where emotional and existential realities find in memory an independent and sometime ruleless form of storage.

Director & Choreographer: Constanza Macras
Composition & Music: Oscar Bianchi
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert

By and with: Louis Becker, Emil Bordás, Fernanda Farah, Luc Guiol, Miako Klein, Nile Koetting, Johanna Lemke, Ana Mondini, Felix Saalmann, Miki Shoji, Michael Weilacher

Light: Sergio Pessanha
Sound: Stephan Wöhrmann
Stage: Laura Gamberg // Chika Takabayashi
Stage Mangager: Welko Funke
Technical Director: Kai Kaden // Welko Funke

Costume Design: Allie Saunders
Costume Assistance: Daphna Munz

Assistant director: Felipe Amaya / Nikoletta Fischer
Assistant to the music composer: Vincenzo Mazzone, Clara Calero Durán
Trainees: Lea Gugger, Victor Colmenero Mir, Laia Alberich Casañas, Louise Douet-Sinenberg

Production: Katharina Wallisch
Production Office: René Dombrowski
Production Intern: Friederike Aps, Raquel Moreira
Administration: Susan Ramroth
Tour: Ricardo Frayha
Project Coordination Doppelpass: Anne-Kathrin Schmidt // Katharina Wallisch

Special thanks to the eyewitnesses Hanna Günzler, Ursula Henning,
Nora Lang und Ingrid Schulz.

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The Physical Shelter – Workshop with Lisi Estaras & Nicolas Vladyslav

In the context of DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE – the international symposium on the critical reflection of body, sound and space in the city, Lisi Estaras & Nicolas Vladyslav (Les Ballets C de la Be) will give a workshop in Studio 44.


Movement is the base, the primordial instinct like a shelter is. We can express in our own unique way what we live and feel. We can translate our thoughts into movements, and make a simple dance became extreme. We can interact with others, become intimate, hide. All of this within the frame of our body, this is our only shelter.

The class will start with a general warm up and then we will work with short compositions and improvisations. On the second day we will recapitulate in a short showing what we had worked on.


26. SEP 2014 | 14:00 – 17:00 and 27. SEP 2014 | 15:00 – 18:00 at Studio 44 // DorkyPark


Registration is now open. Please send an email to
Workshop fee: 80,00€


Lisi Estaras

Lisi studied dance in Cordoba (Argentina) and later on in Jerusalem in the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Later on she danced with the Ensemble Batsheva in Tel Aviv.Since 1997 Lisi works with les ballet C de la B. She danced in Iets op Bach, Wolf, vsprs, pitié!, C(H)ŒURS by Alain Platel, and Tempus Fugit by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Through the years Lisi developed her own work; she created and performed in Bartime (Campo, Ghent), Cocina Erotica and No Wonder with Constanza Macras (Schaubuhnne, Berlin).At les ballets C de la B she directed Patchagonia, Bolero, The Gaza Monologues, primero and her latest piece, Dans Dans;  in coproduction with het Kip (Ghent).

Nicolas Vladyslav

After being formed at the circus school of Amiens, Nicolas Vladyslav discovers dance, first in New-Caledonia with Sylvie Coqueugniot and Thierry Bain. After a ballet training at the Arts College of Boulogne, he studies contemporary dance at the Arts College of Lyon. During his training, he dances a role in a production of Jean-Claude Galotta. He starts his professional career as a dancer in Ondes de Choc (2000) of Denis Plassard. After a while he moves to Belgium to participate in the creation Utopie (2001) of Michèle-Anne de Mey. He establishes himself in Brussels and  meets Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui . He dances in Foi (2003) and Tempus Fugit (2004) en co-creates with him Corpus Bach, a duo accompanied by cellist Roel Dieltiens, which premieres in Bruges in 2005. He assists Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for ballet productions at  the Monte-Carlo Ballet (In Memoriam, 2004 and Mea Culpa, 2006), at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Loin, 2005) and the Ballets Cullberg in Stockholm (End, 2006).In 2005, he creates with Constanza Macras and Lisi Estaras, the trio No Wonder.  In 2006, he and Ali Thabet form the duo Transportés, which presents a creation in Nouméa (New-Caledonia). He returns to les ballets C de la B to dance in Patchagonia (2007) and primero-erscht (2010), creations by Lisi Estaras.Nicolas Vladyslav is teaching in the company of Michèle Anne De Mey and he is asked regularly to give workshops.


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Dancing About Architecture Symposium

We are preparing the symposium Dancing About Architecture – International Symposium On the Critical Reflection of Body, Sound and Space in the City at the moment. It will consist of talks, a workshop and shows and takes place from 24. – 28. SEP 2014 at Schaubühne // Studio 44 Dorkypark & ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory.

Dancing About Architecture – International Symposium On the Critical Reflection of Body, Sound and Space in the City

curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss

Funded by Schering Stiftung and in cooperation with ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory.



Forces of the city clash with forces of bodies, that consciously and unconsciously articulate and exaggerate the manifold sensitivities within an ever-changing urban society. Against this backdrop, the international symposium Dancing About Architecture curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss, brings together diverse positions in the interdisciplinary discussion of dramaturgy, dance, music, architecture and urban space.

The complete program and details can be found: here


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ON FIRE showing at GALLERY MOMO, Johannesburg



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Workshop TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA 2014 with Constanza Macras


Workshop with Constanza Macras during Tanzwerkstatt Europe from 30. July – 3. August 2014 in Munich.

In the work with her company Dorky Park, Constanza Macras combines text, live music, dance and video. Her choreographic lab will deal with questions relating to “casualties” and “daily life”. How can the elements of our daily life discomfort us? What can place trivial situations in daily life into a completely different or larger context – always with the potential to irritate our everyday behavior? On the basis of improvisation and experiments with various theatrical methods, the participants will develop their own material.

Additional information as well as the registration form can be found on the website of

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