IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY is a new piece directed by the South African choreographer and dancer Fana Tshabalala with Ana Mondini (Brazil/Germany) and Emil Bordás (Hungary) , co-produced by Constanza Macras | Dorky Park (DE) and Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (ZA). This piece was created within the frame of SUPER LOCAL STORIES, a series of small format performances resulting from collaborations between South African and German artists commissioned by Constanza Macras and Tamara Saphir within the frame of the two-years project SPACE TALES : FUTURE CITIES, initiated by Constanza Macras – DorkyPark and funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut South Africa.
IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY is a physical exploration inspired by the “impossible dialogue” between black people and white people in JM Coetzee’s literature and Njabulo Ndebele’s book, Rediscovery of the Ordinary. This piece will have its world premiere in South Africa on the 17th February 2017 as part of “My Body, My Space – Rural Arts and Culture Festival” in Mpumalanga (SA) and on the 2nd and 3rd March 2017 as part of the Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg (ZA).
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.