SUPER LOCAL BERLIN – a performance series in VERLIN | 28.09 – 14.10.2018

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SUPER LOCAL STORIES is a series of small format performances resulting in collaborations between South African and German artists curated by Constanza Macras within the frame of the three-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.

The performances from the SUPER LOCAL STORIES series were developed during the cycle from artistic residencies, which took place between 2016-2018 in Berlin and different areas of Johannesburg and its outskirts, mostly in townships and semi-rural areas. The performance function as different chapters of a single series, relayed to one another as landmarks in the city. SUPER LOCAL STORIES engaged South African and German artists coming from different disciplines, aware of the contemporary dialogue between performance arts and performing arts. Their artistic proposals deal with different aspects of the topic: architectures of exclusion: diasporas, migrants and xenophobia. Their narratives focus on fictional, documentary and futuristic approaches.

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PROGRAM DAY BY DAY

28./29. September – 20:00h

PERFORMANCE

BURNED MEAT: BODIES ON VACATION by and with Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Hector Thami Manekehla and Mpho Mahlatsi

A meeting with Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Thami Hector Manekehla, featuring Mpho Mahlatsi

This meeting/talk/salon/hang will be a conclusion of our time in Johannesburg which consisted of walking, talking, eating, drinking, thinking and watching youtube videos. We will share not the “results” of that working period but another step in the process, dealing with our possibilities of Bringing the outside inside, wanting to make an environment in the theater rather than making a show. Instead of memories we offer observations, instead of confessions – sensations. To enhance the sensorial aspect and informal vibe, we invited Mpho Mahlatsi to join our conversation, cooking thoughts and (vegan) food. The meat on our bodies is burned so they decided to go on vacation; from producing meaning and from being human, from being one/self. Letting go of identity and identification, we carve out a space for relationality and imagination.

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11. October – 20:00h

PERFORMANCE

IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY  by and with Fana Tshabalala, Ana Mondini and Emil Bordás. A part of  SUPER LOCAL STORIES series -  an artistic exchange between German and South African artists within the project Space Tales: Future Cities. Curated by Constanza Macras

How can differences turn into similarities? The three dancers from Constanza Macras | Dorkypark and The Forgotten Angle Theatre established a trialogue among loneliness, politics and power games that happen inside oneself sometimes. IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY is a dance piece for the local community and research residency: a physical exploration inspired by the “impossible dialogue” between blacks and whites in Coetzee‘s literature, and Njabulo Ndebele‘s book “Rediscovery of the ordinary”.

A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative with the support of Goethe-Institut. Funded by the TURN Fund  of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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13. + 14. October – 20:00h

PERFORMANCE / DANCE

Breathe. Goldendean by and with Dean Hutton

Breathe. Goldendean invites you to catch breath, bubbles, and feelings around a mound of red sand. This work is part of evolving performances by a genderqueer trans media artist whose work provokes dialogue about the gaze, queer bodies, love and social justice. Embodying the avatar – a hybrid, or manifest shape of a deity or a teacher come to earth – a painted golden figure hewn from minerals pillaged from the land, personifying the binaries of taste and value. They are simultaneously seductive and silly, exploring the fascination with the flesh, and the problematics of the hypervisible Fat Queer White Trans Body. Our gaze cannot help but devour Goldendean – they gleam and glamour us, inciting a frenzy of gold lust, gold fever and golden showers.

See Me Now, See Me No More by and with John Sithole, Tatiana Saphir, Mandla Mathonsi, Simon Will and Dean Hutton

If Alexandra was to have its own Soapie what would such a Soapie be called? Who would be the main characters? And what would be their destiny? These are the questions that group of artist have been asking the residents of Alexandra as a research for a possible future soap. The kind of Soapie that shows Alexandra as it really is, with all its diversity and richness, its unity and complexity. A Soapie that stars the community and reveals their energy and their stories. A God created the world, the artists have been meeting, talking, having fun and dancing with the local people In just 7 days. The results have some surprises that play with cliches and expectations,they will be presented in a series of short films mixed with live conversations with the audience.

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Funded by the TURN Fund  of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the State of Berlin – Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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