MEGALOPOLIS

MEGALOPOLIS

by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK

A production Constanza Macras | DorkyPark  and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (DE), in co-production with HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (DE) and MESS Sarajevo (BH) Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

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ABOUT

MEGALOPOLIS is not a specific, but a metaphorical place. The scene is the city under the impact of globalism. The city is characterized by the illegibility of today’s megacities, born into chaos. Its features are unbridled growth, decay and endless disbandment.  The city’s density and tightness dissolve the borderline between private and public sphere, it almost disappears. At the same time, this boundlessness forces us to perceive the city as collage which consists of countless biographical scraps. The fight of two street vendors for the best spot is an existential confrontation today – but will be forgotten tomorrow. Megacities are a paradigm for spaces in which people live without knowing each other. The ever present surveillance system not only constantly creates supervised beings; it also produces a new form of self-perception. Thus, a person’s body transforms into an expressive device that creates as well as destroys systems and rules. Which correlations are still valid here? Will the urban development follow principles unknown to us? Is the discernable decay of social relations a cause or an effect of our cities‘ apparent deterioration? MEGALOPOLIS is a promise and a curse. MEGALOPOLIS is a beaming city. MEGALOPOLIS is an uncontrollable construct, constantly in motion.

CREDITS

Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Performers: Fernanda Farah, Anouk Froidevaux, Hyoung-Min Kim, Denis Kuhnert, Johanna Lemke, Ronni Maciel, Ana Mondini, Franz Rogowski, Miki Shoji, Damir Zisko
Stage Manager: Alissa Kolbusch
Costume Design: Gilvan Coelho de Oliveira, Sophie du Vinage, Julia Weis
Sound/ Video Operator: Stephan Wöhrmann
Lightning Design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha
Videographers: Constanza Macras, Maria Onis, Tobias Götz
Music: Santiago Blaum, Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Almut Lustig
Assistant Direction: Max Luz
Assistant Stage: Sophie du Vinage, Anja Steglich
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, in co-production with HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste and MESS Sarajevo.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

 

PRESS EXCERTS

“Having many dancers with diverse ethnic backgrounds, the show by Dorky Park also presents an interesting overview of the stereotypes and clichés of ethnic minorities.” - THE KOREAN HERALD , October 2011

 „Constanza Macras has developed her method. The choreographer works with exaggeration and excessive demands until overkill. She sharpens stereotypes and tackles clichés about ethnic minorities. […] She connects trash, tragedy, humor and reflection to a furious dancing evening about the city, the garbage and the bodies.” - Sandra Luzina, DER TAGESSPIEGEL, January 2010

With „Megalopolis“ the choreographer strikes out to her global coup and her “DorkyPark” – performer are the perfect instrument for it. As fast as they change trousers, shirts and high heels, they modify the colors of their figures.” - Dorion Weickmann, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, January 2010

„Between the athletic, dynamic pictures of the ensemble Constanza Macras choreographs solo scenes full of melancholy, depression and rebellion. […] Constanza Macras doesn’t want to teach the audience a lesson, but what she has to say, she communicates precisely and impressively with humor and sensuality.” - Irene Bazinger, MÄRKISCHE ODERZEITUNG, January 2010

“The new piece from Constanza Macras “Megalopolis” at the Schaubühne is a collage of nested, compact snap-shots of a global mega city. Nervous, melancholic, strange.” - Peter Laudenbach, TIP BERLIN, February 2010

„This dance doesn’t illustrate defined terms, but – a huge almost forgotten word – it emancipates the human being playfully! Within the many pop and sub cultural quotations, within attraction and rejection, we understand how people conquer their spaces beyond the “typical plan”. Christian Rakow, MÄRKISCHE ALLGEMEINE, February 2010