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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ON FIRE showing at GALLERY MOMO, Johannesburg



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MEGALOPOLIS at Schaubühne

MEGALOPOLIS, for which Constanza Macras was awarded with the FAUST as “Best Choreography”, will be shown at Schaubühne, Berlin on 20. – 22. June 14.

Infos about Megalopolis // Tickets via Schaubühne

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Rent STUDIO 44 for your project



The STUDIO 44, Constanza Macras | DorkyPark’s company space is available for rent. Our studio is suitable for all kind of different events.

Rehearsals // Fine and performing arts // Photo shoots // Film and TV productions // Band rehearsals // Workshops // Exhibitions // Parties //


Check out the info-page of STUDIO 44, where you will find additional information and available dates to rent the studio.

We offer a discount for bookings in May.

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ON FIRE: HUMAN REMAIN(S) by and with Athena Mazarakis, Anouk Froidevaux & Emil Bordas

25. // 26.4.2014 // 20h00 – HUMAN REMAIN(S)

by and with
Athena Mazarakis, Anouk Froidevaux & Emil Bordas

Tickets: 10,00 // reduced 8,00
Seats are limited, so reserve your ticket quickly at


Human Remain(s) is the intersection of three responses to the violence of ‘othering’. The performer-creators Emil Bordas, Anouk Froidevaux and Athena Mazarakis draw on their own contexts and their personal relationship to tradition to enter a conversation around the ways in which tradition regulates bodies and bodily practices and shapes individual experience. A series of installation-based vignettes creates a remote space in which this conversation is made possible.

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ON FIRE: SIFELA I AYIKHO by and with Zanele Muholi, Maureen Velile Majola & Jelena Kuljic

5.4.2014 // 19h30 – SIFELA I AYIKHO

by and with
Zanele Muholi, Maureen Velile Majola & Jelena Kuljic

Tickets: 14,00 // reduced 9,00 Seats are limited, so reserve your ticket quickly at


The performance SIFELA I AYIKHO - which is a Zulu expression translated loosely to WE ARE BEING KILLED FOR NOTHING - is exploring parts of South African social landscapes in which the lives of black lesbian and trans women in South Africa, including our own, is always exposed to danger.

The project is an effort to reclaim citizenship and is also a call for an end to queercide, a term coined by Zanele Muholi for the systematic atrocities and hate crimes against lesbians, gay men and trans people in South Africa.

The project is motivated by the ongoing epidemic of brutal murders of black lesbians in the post-Apartheid South Africa.

We are in a crisis.
One lesbian death is a loss to the entire nation.
Children have been orphaned by hate crimes.
Lovers lost their beloved.
Family members mourn their relatives and children.
The workplace and classroom is robbed of its professions.

South Africa’s democratic laws instituted by the Constitution of 1996 are meant to protect the LGBTI community from all forms of discrimination, but our communities have been invaded by an epidemic of violent hate crimes, including callous murders and ‘curative rapes.’

Therefore we need to take action as concerned members of larger the society.Innocent individuals have been dismembered due to sexuality and gender expression.

The performance takes form of a stage protest, poetry, song and musical instruments are used to emphasize the ongoing incidents.

The performance will expand on an existing body of work that documents hate crimes against black lesbians that Zanele Muholi developed since 2004 and consists of three parts:
PART 1 – Blank Portraits
PART 2 – Crime scene memorial (motion picture)
PART 3 – Previous Film titled ‘Isililo’ – projection

Zanele Muholi is a visual activist born in Umlazi, Durban and currently lives in Johannesburg. Studied Photography at Market Photo Workshop, Newtown, Johannesburg and later, MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. Muholi is the founder of a collective call Inkanyiso with a Queer Art Activism media outlet. She has contributed her photography to many queer and art publications and academic journals.

Maureen Velile Majola is an activist, poet and writer from Alexandra township, Johannesburg in South Africa. She is a young feminist and currently associated with Coalition of African Lesbian (CAL) as the Documenting Officer. She is a crew member of founded by Zanele Muholi.

Jelena Kuljic was born in Serbia and moved to Germany in 2003 to study singing at the Jazz Institute Berlin. Along with her own band, Yelena K & The Love Trio (Double Moon Records 2010), she has been a featured guest in many music and theatre projects through-out Europe. Jelena has worked extensively as a singer and actress with the director David Marton. Some of the their productions have included such important theatres as Vienna’s Burg Theater, The Royal Theater of Copenhagen, Volksbuehne Berlin, MC93 Paris/ Schaubühne. Since 2013 Jelena is working with Constanza Macras/Dorkypark. In March 2014 Jelena’s band KUU! is releasing their first album Sex gegen Essen.

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ON FIRE: WENA MAMELA by Mamela Nyamza // MANDIOCA by Lucky Kele & Ronni Maciel // IT ALL DEPENDS – movie program at ARSENAL

This weekend we continue our artistic exchange program ON FIRE with two showings in the STUDIO 44 on 28. & 29. March 2014

Additionally we feature the film program “It all depends” curated by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Tobias Hering in the ARSENAL – Institute for Film and Video Art on Sunday, 30. March 2014.

28. / 29. MARCH 2014 @ STUDIO 44


Between the inhabited body of the ritual and the rituals of the technical performance, a duo work at the moving edges of trans/cendant states and immanent formal virtuosism. Lucky Kele and Ronni Maciel will interrogate what moves them and how to move together.

Lucky Kele specializes in traditional and contemporary African dances. He grew up in Katlehong (ZA), a township in the East Rand known for its criminality and poverty. He translates the memory of a rough childhood in his tormented dance. As a choreographer he conceived many works that have been presented in various festivals in Africa, the US and Europe.

Ronni Maciel was born in Carmo, Brazil. He studied ballet in Rio de Janeiro and danced for the Balé Teatro Guaira, the state ballet of Curitiba, Brazil. In 2006 he joined the company of Constanza Macras/DorkyPark and moved to Berlin. In 2013 he choreographed the German premiere of Chico Buarque’s “Ópera do Malandro” at the Neuköllner Oper Berlin. In the same year he co-choreographed and performed in the film Anahí’s Room by director Ivalo Frank. Ronni’s latest solo piece, “Diversion”, premiered at Platforma in Berlin, 2013.

21h00 – WENA MAMELA by and with MAMELA NYAMZA

If you don’t wash the dishes, no ballet for you today.
But I took my swimming costume and ran …
Me and her, you and them, us both.

Mamela Nyamza was born in Gugulethu, Cape Town. She trained in contemporary dance and Ballet in South Africa and at the ALVIN Ailey American Dance Centre. She’s been developing her own artistic practice through choreographies that deal with important political and societal issues of today’s South Africa. Mamela has presented her work in various dance festivals in both Africa and internationally. She won the STANDARD Bank Young Artist Award in Dance 2011.

30. MARCH 2014 // 12H00 – 18H00 @ ARSENAL – Institute for Film and Video Art

Re-encounters with African cinema in joint film viewing sessions are a central component of the translocal research project Visionary Archive. On 30.3 four South African artists will be our guests. They are currently resident artists of the Constanza Macras/Dorky Park’s performance project “on Fire” in Berlin. The films MUEDA, MEMORIA E MASSACRE (Mozambique 1979) and COME BACK, AFRICA (SA/USA 1958) will open up associative approaches to discuss body politics, working on history and the role of performance art in “stating the plurality of singularity” (A. Mbembe) in southern Africa, with Lucky Kele, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Zanele Muholi and Mamela Nyamza. (Link)




Combined tickets for the showings in STUDIO 44: 16,00€ // reduced 11,00€
Tickets for the movie program in ARSENAL via Arsenal cinema (Link)

Please note that tickets for the showings in STUDIO 44 are limited so book yours now at

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ON FIRE: LELEME by Lerato Shadi & SHADES OF A QUEEN by Mmakgosi Kgabi

After a great opening weekend we would like to invite you to the next two showings of our artistic exchange program ON FIRE. Please take notice that the program was changed for the upcoming weekend. Instead of GATES OF HELL by Fana Tshabalala we will present LELEME by Lerato Shadi.

7. / 8. MARCH 2014 @ STUDIO 44


In “Leleme”, the expression “mother tongue” is taken literally, as a departure point to explore how colonial language can be experienced physically. A negotiation of space is at stake, in the dynamics of hiding and revealing, enclosing, restricting, protecting. The prevailing themes in Lerato Shadi’s current body of work are a performative investigation into the politics of transformation, or transition, from absence to presence, subject to object, inclusion, exclusion and vice versa. Knitting, installation, video and sound are some of the media she uses to record this topical inquiries.

© Thomas Aurin

© Thomas Aurin


“Shades of a queen” is an experimental work investigating the constructs of identity. It evolves around rituals as important signifiers, and a fascination with intercultural exchanges that is certainly rooted in globalization. The creative process is based in personal experiences in public spaces i.e. conversations in taxi ranks, subway stations, airports, markets. “Omang? Who are you?…Who am I? I am a dusty feet traveller…An immigrant, a refugee, a traveller, a transient being, moving, shifting, crossing, riding, giving, taking, displaced and removed, a spawned street kid.” “I was spawned as the shoot of a veined directive relieved itself. Spawned as regret settled before rushing rivers of blood quietened. Spawned before whispers of my coming were ever muttered. Tuunikohaa!”

© Thomas Aurin

© Thomas Aurin


Tickets (both Shows): 16,00€ / reduced 11,00€

Please note that tickets for the showings are limited so book yours now at

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A special focus in the program will be given to south african LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi
-and Trans- Intersex) activists that are questioning the norms of gender/sexuality
identity constructions, working in the space between the most progressive legislation
of Sub-saharan Africa to this regard and a reality that remains conflictive. In a
country that belongs to the so-called world’s “Champions League” in terms of gay
marriage, the phenomena of corrective rapes and the specific vulnerability to
violence for LGTBI’s and women are still a severe reality. Moreover, homosexuality is
considered by some as “un-African”, namely a “decadent” import from North America
and Europe. Paradoxically, this homophobic belief is a relic of a Puritan legislation
inherited from the period of British colonial era. Yet, in order to craft narratives of a
south-african identity that includes LGTBI it seems still hard to avoid dealing with
more complex processes related to religious practices and powers, as well as the
cultural and political interpretations, re-interpretations and sometimes an
instrumentalization of tradition and heritage.
On the other hand, the re-evaluation of heritages and traditions long related to
segregated cultural groups are being articulated in new ways with urban life, and
with self-defined contemporary practices and productions, that we want to include in
this program. This often links to a subaltern reflection on post-colonial/post-apartheid
ongoing power struggles and the artistic deconstructions of colonial/patriarcal
imageries of the other.

Intended as an intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange program between South Africa and Germany, the aim is to appeal and sensitize through artistic means both a German and a South African Public, to promote action and raise awareness through an intense exchange on these issues.

You can find all details about ON FIRE here

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To finish the OPEN STUDIO 44 series and to welcome the New Year, CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK invites to a party with live concert performed by DorkyPark members and friends as well as DJ Obstsalat (Tatiana Saphir) and DJ Dorfdisco in DorkyPark’s Studio 44.

DATE: Saturday 1.2.2014 // 22:00
STUDIO 44 // KLOSTERSTR. 44, 10179 BERLIN // google maps




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