ON FIRE – THE INVENTION OF TRADITION is back on the road!! On May 26th & 27th 2017, Theater am Kurfürstendamm will host the long-awaited comeback of this production in Berlin and right after ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition will have its French Premiere in Paris (FR) on May 31st and June 2 & 3 at Théâtre National de Chaillot. More information about these guest performances and tickets can be found at Theater am Kurfürstendamm (in German) and Théâtre National de Chaillot (in English/French).
In this production 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“.
The guest performance in Berlin is kindly supported by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.