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Aliens come to earth and establish a new social order: Whoever can dance well calls the shots. Those who can’t quickly try to learn some dance or another: Kizomba, Tango, Panzula, traditional dances from all over the world … People without a sense of rhythm save themselves by rolling around on the floor or making up an artificial walk.
21 children and young people from Hillbrow, a district in Johannesburg, create possible and impossible future scenarios for their neighbourhood and its inhabitants. Hillbrow, originally planned to be a model district, is now notorious for poverty, crime, and violence. Inspired by Afrofuturistic works of art and literature, the performers create their own universe situated between utopia and dystopia, in which they negotiate and subvert the racism and violence they experience in their everyday lives. HILLBROWFICATION is not only captivating thanks to the performers’ energy; it grotesquely questions our vision of the global order.

The dance performance was created in collaboration between the Constanza Macras/DorkyPark company and the Hillbrow Theatre in Johannesburg, a joint initiative that provides a place for children and young people in the district to spend time during the day, and which regularly develops artistic projects with them. Inviting South African citizens is also an important part of the festival because Europe cannot be regarded without its colonial history.

Regie / Direction: Constanza Macras Choreografie / Choreography: Constanza Macras & Lisi Estarás Dramaturgie / Dramaturgy: Tamara Saphir Lichtdesign & Technische Direktion / Light Design & Technical Direction: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha Kostüm / Costumes: Roman Handt Bühne / Stage Design: Constanza Macras & OUTREACH FOUNDATION’S BOITUMELO PROJECTTon / Sound Design: Stephan Wöhrmann

Von & mit / By & with: Miki Shoji, Emil Bordás, John Sithole, Zibusiso Dube, Bigboy Ndlovu, Nompilo Hadebe, Rendani Dlamini, Karabo Kgatle, Tshepang Lebelo, Brandon Magengelele, Jackson Mogotlane, Bongani Mangena, Tisetso Masilo, Vusimuzi Magoro, Amahle Mene, Sandile Mtembo, Thato Ndlovu, Simiso Msimango, Blessing Opoku, Pearl Segwagwa, Ukho Somadlaka, Sakhile Mlalazi, Lwandle Ngubane

Eine Produktion von Constanza Macras | Dorkypark in Zusammenarbeit mit der Outreach Project Foundation, dem Hillbrow Theatre und dem Maxim Gorki Theater. Unterstützt vom Goethe-Institut durch Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds.

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Querandi @ VERLIN

4th of May 2019
7 pm

The Performance will take place @ Studio Verlin / Klosterstraße 44 10179 Berlin


by Maria Colusi -Florencia Lamarca


(EN) Querandi (2019) is the inquisitive, sensual search for feminine energy and common ground in Latin American and indigenous roots. It is reminiscent of an ancient circle, as if you were watching a ritual ceremony. Each dancer has her own language; her own movement that seems to inhabit their body. And yet each could be the other, trying to merge. The choreography finds an expressive dialogue in the depth of the artists’ heritage, shared rhythms of emotion, and the power of nature. The work reflects both vulnerability as well as self-conscious strength, and the dancers’ intimacy is enhanced with their energy and common understanding as artists and women.

A Co-production with Constanza Macras/ Dorky Park and Ayres UG

Choreography : Maria Colusi -Florencia Lamarca
Director: Maria Colusi
Dance: Valeria Busdragi- Emmanouela Dolianiti
Music: Edgardo Rudnitzky
Costume: Federico Polucci
Light design: Catalina Fernandez / Aurora Rodriguez
Photo: Alexander Bob

A cooproduction of Dorkypark with the kindly support of Ayres UG

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