No Wonder

No Wonder

A production by Constanza Macras|DorkyPark with Hebbel Am Ufer HAU and Théâtre Le Maillon, Strasbourg. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund.

Summary

NO WONDER marks the second collaboration of Argentinians Constanza Macras and Lisi Estaras who research in the piece the gender roles in the superlative from the 70s till today. Four persons by themselves, crashed and stranded in an undefined environment. Is this the garden they have been looking for? Now, the transformation begins: into heroines, into superheroes. And with it comes the fear and the deconstruction of their innermost. What makes an ordinary woman turn into a superheroe? What are the significant parameters for this transformation? Devotion? Emotionality? Intuition? Poetry? Or is it the highest form of omnipotency, the suicide? This is how true heroins look like: They are vulnerable, angry, desperate and on the verge of breakdown. On their search for identity through the small everyday occurrences they hear God talking on the radio. But how does one use this knowledge if carnival always takes place at the same time, whether one likes it or not.

Cast & Crew

Concept: Constanza Macras, Lisi Estaras
Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert

Performers: Constanza Macras, Lisi Estaras, Nicolas Vlasyslav, Kristina Loesche-Loewensen

Stage Design: Marion Hofstetter
Costume Design: Gilvan Coêlho de Oliveira
Video Operator: Toby Cornish
Lightning Design: Sergio Pessanha
Videographer: Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck / Toby Cornish
Stage Technician: Benjamin Hauser
Costumes: Kathrin Veser

Production: DorkyPark
Tourmanagement: DorkyPark

Reviews

“Constanza Macras is the fury of the contemporary dance scene. (…) The piece deals with woman as such, with her enigma and the eroticization of her body, her desire to be an object, the artificiality of gender constructions. At issue is also how one can fall to shambles with the roles that demand these constructions.” Berliner Zeitung, August 2005

“In her piece “No Wonder”, Macras performs a self-examination and pushes it to the limits: a pitiless and stark axposure of herself.” Die Zeit, October 2006

“Constanza Macras and Lisi Estaras sound the call for the attack of the killer bees. Their mission: to relish in laying apparently progressive role models by the heels, without a Wonderbra and a license to bear arms.” Tagesspiegel Berlin, August 2005

“With Macras, bodies take what they want. (…) For them, there exist only vehemence, excess, the orgiastic, burn-out, and this strange dream of paradise.” Ballettworks, September 2005