The Pose 2-Thomas Aurin

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THE POSE – a new site-specific work by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark – will premiere on July 9th in Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg with following premiere shows on July 10 & July 12 – 17. 

In THE POSE Constanza Macras continues her collaboration with Robert Lippok and deepens her research on the subject of memory, images and representation in relation to history and architecture on a more intimate level, taking an extended diachronic perspective and investigating the self-portraying of yesterday and today – from classical Portraiture through historical photo-documents to digital selfies. Are selfies signs of a serious narcissistic object relationship? Are we dealing here with a regression back to the “mirror stage,” as the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan described it observing small children, who discover their own reflection for the first time.

In this 4-hour performance, Constanza Macras and the performers of DorkyPark leave the conventional dance theatre stage and lead the audience between the intimate spaces and monument stage pictures of the historical architecture of the Academy of Arts at Hanseatenweg. In this peripatetic walk through the parallel performances, in which walking and thinking are reconciled, the spectators experience the collective memories of the architectural space of Werner Düttmann.

The production is supported from the funds of the HKF – Hauptstadtkulturfonds. In cooperation with Akademie der Künste.

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ON FIRE in Paris and Berlin

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ON FIRE – THE INVENTION OF TRADITION is back on the road!! On May 26th & 27th 2017, Theater am Kurfürstendamm will host the long-awaited comeback of this production in Berlin and right after ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition will have its French Premiere  in Paris (FR) on May 31st and June 2 & 3 at Théâtre National de Chaillot. More information about these guest performances and tickets can be found at Theater am Kurfürstendamm (in German) and Théâtre National de Chaillot (in English/French).

In this production Macras worked with a mixed cast of South African and Berlin-based performers and in collaboration with Johannesburg-based visual 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.   The piece 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. It wishes to reflect on postcolonial / post – apartheid ongoing power struggles and the artistic deconstructions of colonial / patriarchal imageries of “the other“.

The guest performance in Berlin is kindly supported by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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