Square for artists: Carte Blanche for Constanza Macras
Dance, music, photos – these are the elements of the choreographer Constanza Macras. Born in 1970 in Buenos Aires, she came to Berlin in 1995 after working in New York and Amsterdam. Here she founded her dance company DorkyPark and since then plays on the stages of the capital.
For “Square” the Argentinian wanted to take a look behind the scenes of the Volksbühne. Here she shows choreographies like “Megalopolis” and “The Palace”. Her message: political. Her topics: social. Her show: guaranteed not boring!
The Volksbühne with its GDR past fascinates Constanza Macras. There is still a huge workshop with carpenters, welders, painters and set designers. Constanza Macras introduces them to us …
Remembering cities that no longer exist explores the art of memory, or ars memoriae, in which memories are particularly strongly associated with physical locations, rooms and architecture. The starting point for this piece was the city as a concrete geographical location, as an anchor for memory. What happens with our memories, what happens to those who are remembering when these physical places are destroyed?
The actions of the performers on stage refer to the ancient techniques of ars memoriae, whereby in order to recall the thing to be remembered, we first have to find and organize our impressions. At the heart of this mnemonic technique is spatial orientation. How do we use rooms and places to remember?
Remembering cities that no longer exist 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.
In Remembering cities … accounts of visual witnesses of the february 1945 bombings in Dresden intercalate with memories of the performers and their families of similar experiences of the Nato bombing reflecting on the ripples of history and political waves repeating .
The piece also examines the relationships of architecture and memory as a physical experience .
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Art, Science & Technology
Constanza Macras was invited to a residency at the MIT CAST during the academic year 2019/2020. She will collaborate with MIT scholars and develop a project and will be giving lectures, that will be shown as a part of „MIT Performing“, a series that promotes a research-based artistic practice and serves as a new platform for contemporary performance. End of October there will be the first research trip and Constanza will hold a workshop at the MIT Theater Building on Oct. 31st. https://arts.mit.edu/artists/constanza-macras/#about-the-performance