ON FIRE – THE INVENTION OF TRADITION is back on the road !! On October 15th 2016, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara will host the Italian premiere of this production in Ferrara (IT) and right after ON FIRE – The Invention of Tradition will travel to Belgium for a guest performance in Liège (BE) on October 18th 2016 at Théâtre de Liège with the partnership of Cultuurcentrum Hasselt in Hasslet (NL) and Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastrich (NL). More information about these guest performances can be found at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara website (in Italian), Théâtre de Liège website (in French, Flemish and English), Culturcentrum Hasselt’s website (in Dutch) and Theater aan het Vrijthof‘s website (in Dutch) .
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 Ferrara is kindly supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.