ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition

ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition

by CONSTANZA MACRAS | Dorky Park

A production Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in cooperation with Ayana V. Jackson and Dean HuttonCo-produced by Dance Umbrella South Africa (ZA) and Maxim Gorki Theater (DE). Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (DE) and the Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department (DE) with the support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung (DE), Goethe Institut Südafrika (DE), Dance Forum (ZA) and Momo Gallery (ZA).

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In ON FIRE- THE INVENTION OF TRADITION  Macras worked with a mixed cast of South African and Berlin-based performers and in collaboration with Johannesburg-based visual artist Ayana V.Jackson, whose photography interrogates and deconstructs other aspects of a specific chapter that we might add to the history of “invented traditions”: the visual representation of the “other” in historical and journalistic photography.   The piece deals with the re-evaluation of heritage and tradition in relation to segregated cultural groups, which are being articulated in new ways in urban life – and with self-defined contemporary practices and rituals. It wishes to reflect on postcolonial / post – apartheid ongoing power struggles and the artistic deconstructions of colonial / patriarchal imageries of “the other“.

CREDITS 

Choreography & Director: Constanza Macras

By & With: Louis Becker, Emil Bordás, Lucky Kele, Jelena Kuljic, Diile Lebeko, Mandla Mathonsi, Thulani Mgidi, Melusi Mkhwanjana, Felix Saalmann, Fana Tshabalala, John Sithole

Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Visual Artist: Ayana V. Jackson
Video Design: Dean Hutton
Costume Design: Constanza Macras
Costume Assistant: Noluthando Lobese
Assistant Director: Nikoletta Fischer
Sound Design: Jelena Kuljic / Abigail Thatcher
Lighting Design: Catalina Fernandez
Technical Direction: Abigail Thatcher

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in co-production with Dance Umbrella South Africa (ZA) and Maxim Gorki Theater (DE). Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (DE) and Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department (DE)  with the kind support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung (DE), Goethe Institut Südafrika (DE), Dance Forum (ZA) and Momo Gallery (ZA).

Production Management: Katharina Wallisch (Berlin) & Nhlanhla Mahlangu (Johannesburg)
Production Office: René Dombrowski
Distribution & International Relations: Rui Silveira
Tour Management: Ricardo Frayha