“ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition” in January in Berlin and in Hamburg

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Save the dates for the performances of ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition on

– 22nd and 23rd of January 2016 at Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin

– 26th of January 2016 at Thalia Theatre Hamburg.

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 work by Constanza Macras premiered in Johannesburg on 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 explores 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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THE GHOSTS : Asian Premiere in the frame of Guangdong Dance Festival, GUANGZHOU (CN)

The Ghosts© Thomas Aurin

THE GHOSTS, Constanza Macras new production, will have its Asian premiere on November 11th 2015 at the Guangdong Cantonese Opera Arts Center (GCOAC) in the frame of Guangdong Dance Festival. More details at the Guangdong Dance Festival website.

in THE GHOSTS Constanza Macras worked with Chinese acrobats and circus performers. It looks like these artists, who once won fame and fortune for their country with their bodily discipline, have been forgotten and “decommissioned” by Chinese society, even though many of them are still quite young. They recall the “hungry ghosts” – according to Chinese popular mythology, lost souls who have been forgotten by their descendants and lead a miserable existence in an intermediate world. THE GHOSTS”, like the Chinese Ghost Festival in July, allows them a temporary return to the land of living, making their art and their stories visible once again.

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ON FIRE – NOTIONS OF COMMUNITY IN POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

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A photo exhibition with works by Andrew Tshabangu, Sabelo Mlangeni, Musa Nxumalu, Dean HuttonCurated by Manuel Osterholt.

From October 24th until November 7th 2015 (2-6 pm) at Grimmuseum Berlin (Fichtestr. 2, 10967). Opening October 23rd at 7pm! 

More details HERE

Initiated and produced by Constanza Macras | Dorky Park as part of the ON FIRE 2014-2015 program supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Rudolf von Augstein Stiftung

 

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“ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition” : European Premiere on the 29th and 30th September in Berlin

on fire© 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 by Constanza Macras premiered in Johannesburg on 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 explores 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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“SOFT CELL” choreography by Constanza Macras for the Göteborg Opera Dance Company, Göteborg (SE)

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Commissioned by and for the GGöteborg Opera Dance Company, SOFT CELL is part of THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT a double evening program consisting in two  pieces by guest choreographers Constanza Macras and the Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell.
THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT is part of the GIBCA Extended – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. M
ore details about the ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT are available at the Göteborg Opera Dance Company website.

 

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