A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in coproduction with Schaubühne BerlinFunded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes through the Doppelpass program with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia



In THE PAST, Constanza Macras explore the art of memory, or ars memoriae, in which memories are particularly strongly associated with physical locations, rooms and architecture.  Created with the collaboration of Swiss-Italian music composer Oscar Bianchi, who composed the music, the starting point for this piece was the city as a concrete geographical location, as an anchor for memory, a mental picture and a cast of mind. 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?

THE PAST 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.


Director / Choreography: Constanza Macras
Music / Composition: Oscar Bianchi
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
By and with: Louis Becker, Emil Bordás, Fernanda Farah, Luc Guiol, Miako Klein, Nile Koetting, Johanna Lemke, Ana Mondini, Felix Saalmann, Miki Shoji, Yuka Otha
Musicians: Miako Klein, Yuka Otha
Light: Sergio Pessanha
Sound: Stephan Wöhrmann
Stage: Laura Gamberg / Chika Takabayashi
Metal Works: Werner Knoof, Andreas Nestler
Stage Manager: Welko Funke
Technical director: Kai Kaden / Welko Funke
Costume: Allie Saunders
Costume Assistant: Daphna Munz
Assistant director: Felipe Amaya / Nikoletta Fischer
Assistant to the music composer: Vincenzo Mazzone, Clara Calero Durán
Trainees: Marlene Kolatschny, Lea Gugger, Victor Colmenero Mir, Laia Alberich Casañas, Louise Douet-Sinenberg

Production Management: Katharina Wallisch
Production Office: René Dombrowski
Production Interns: Fiederike Aps, Raquel Moreira
Project coordination DoppelpassAnne-Katrin Schmidt & Katharina Wallisch
Distribution and International Relations: Rui Silveira
Tour Management: Ricardo Frayha

Special thanks to the eyewitnesses Hanna Günzler, Ursula Henning, Nora Lang and Ingrid Schulz.


“The Past“ is one of the most beautiful and personal works of this great and intelligent choreographer. (TIP Berlin // 22.12.2014)

“ The Past is a reminder that performing arts are an autonomous space for recalling our cultural memories” ( Süddeutsche Zeitung // 11.11.2014)

“A clever and subtile performance about the art of memory that brings to life memories of experiences that are beyond representation”. (Berliner Zeitung // 28.11.2014)

You can feel the sparkling wit and the rampant imagination of this ensemble, which kneads everything that it touches until its meaning has been turned on its head. This kind of subversion – even of one’s own means of expression – is a strength of the Berlin choreographer Constanza Macras and her DorkyPark company. (TAZ // 11.11.14)

Macras and her excellent ensemble compellingly manage to find complex, surprising translations for childhood, city, memory (maybe grief) in their typical hybrid of dance, performance, text and music. (TIP Berlin // 22.12.2014)

Constanza Macras gift lies in forming a temporary unit out of impressively diverse ensembles, without obscuring their different artistic profiles – regardless of her predilection for flying and intertwined bodies. (Berliner Morgenpost // 30.11.14)

This evening is clever and subtle and at the same time direct and raw. (Berliner Zeitung // 28.11.2014)

One of the exceptional qualities of the Macras company is how little they rely on the idea that choreography and acting, text and music should be interlinked in order to work together ( // 7.11.14)

The result is a hybrid form between concert, dance theatre and history lesson, a stimulating paradigm for the interdisciplinary interests of contemporary dance. (Berliner Morgenpost // 30.11.14)

The sharpness of the production is plain to see: in the delicately cushioned falls of the dancers, the back and forth of individual scenes. Applause for a good theatre piece. (Sächsische Zeitung // 11.11.2014)