A photo exhibition with works by Andrew Tshabangu, Sabelo Mlangeni, Musa Nxumalu, Dean Hutton. Curated 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
© Marc Coselli
Commisioned by and for the Göteborg Opera Dance Company, THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT is a double evening program with choreographies by Constanza Macras and the Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, part of the GIBCA Extended program of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. More details about this commission are available at the Göteborg Opera Dance Company website.
HELL ON EARTH a piece by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark presented at the TERRITORIЯ (Territory Festival) in 2010 will be in retrospect this Saturday, October 3rd 2015, 14h30 in Moscow as part of “Territory of Contemporary Theater” a special program of the 10th edition of TERRITORIЯ (Territory Festival) made with the collaboration of Garage Museum of Contemporary arts.
“Territory of Contemporary Theater” consists in a series of public video screenings of selected shows presented in the past at the Territory festival and screened now at the Garage Museum of Contemporary arts at Gorky Park in Moscow. More information available at TERRITORIЯ (Territory Festival) website.
© 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 Südafrika, Dance Forum Johannesburg and Momo Gallery.
© Thomas Aurin
On September 18th and 19th 2015, THE PAST by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark & Oscar Bianchi will have its South American premiere at Teatro San Martín in BUENOS AIRES (AR) as part of the international program of the Buenos Aires International Theater Festival (FIBA – Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires).
These guest performances of THE PAST in Buenos Aires are kindly supported by the German Cultural Foundation (Kulturstifung des Bundes) in the frame of the “Doppelpass” program; Goethe Institut and Pro-Helvetia.
Additional upcoming tour dates of “THE PAST” during Winter 2016:
29.01.2016, LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura, LUGANO (CH)
03.02.2016, Théâtre de Liège, LIÈGE (BE)
04.03.2016, Le Quartz – Scène Nationale de Brest, BREST (FR)
05.03.2016, Le Quartz – Scène Nationale de Brest, BREST (FR)
10.03.2016, La Filature – Scène Nationale de Mulhouse, MULHOUSE (FR)
© Thomas Aurin
On September 3rd and 4th 2015, HAU 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, THE GHOSTS 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.
“The hard life began the day I retired, I have no flat, no job and no regular income” says the Chinese acrobat Cheng Fei, seven-times national champion and world champion. “The flowers, the applause, the flags – it feels like a different life“. On the scraphead by their mid-twenties, on their own, with no social security, often lacking formal education and job prospects 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. For Macras these artists’ materially precarious, ghostly condition is a metaphor for life in contemporary China, with its contradictions, social injustice and power structures. Those who once brought the country glory and honor are discarded as soon as they are no longer top achievers. “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.
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.
I AM WITH YOU is a new program initiated by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark that will be developed over the span of two years with the support of Fonds Darstellende Künste. The first part of this program will take place from July 10th until the 13th 2015 at DorkyPark’s Studio 44 in Berlin introducing the work of artists from Brazil, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Israel and Germany, who have been dealing through their work with the theme of “Here and Now”. More information and the detailed program of events is available here.
© Thomas Aurin
Premiered in 2013 by Kampnagel in Hamburg / Germany, DISTORTION, a stage work directed by Constanza Macras for eight dancers of the Hip Hop Academy Hamburg, will have its Italian premiere on July 3rd 2015 at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona within the frame of InteatroFestival.
THE PAST will have its Serbian premiere on the 25th June 2015 at the Serbian National Theater as opening performance of Novi Sad Cultural Center’s International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre (INFANT). More information can be found here.
© Thomas Aurin
THE PAST is returning to the Schaubühne in Berlin for two guest performances on May 20th (20:30) and 21st (20:00). Save the dates and book your tickets!