SUPER LOCAL STORIES

by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK

 

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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SUPER LOCAL STORIES (2016 – 2018) 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.

+ IN THE HIN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRYEART OF THE COUNTRY (2017) 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”.

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.+ PLACE place called homeCALLED HOME (2017) Andrew Tshabangu has been photographing ritual and spiritual practices of black communities in Urban Africa. He opposes these deep and touching images to the broadly distributed imagery of poverty and violence these communities are more usually represented by. Their work will focus on narratives that appear from the interiors of living spaces in the community.

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+ SEE SEE ME NOW SEE ME NO MOREME NOW, SEE ME NO MORE (2018) Residency in collaboration with the Kings Cinema, an art-deco movie house that was once the busiest cinemas in Alexandra, and a popular venue for performances by local musicians such as the Alexandra All Star Band and the Jazz Maniacs.

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goldendeanlighting+deanwithgutobussab+ BREATHE. GOLDENDEAN (2018) invites you to catch breath, bubbles, and feelingsaround 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.

 

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+ BURNED MEAT :bodies on vacation 4 BODIES ON VACATION (2018) 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.

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HILLBROW_MURAL-1GRAFFITI: HILLBROW YOUTH – THE FUTURE OF THE CITY (2018) A portrait series taken during the 3-day Mural Painting Youth Workshop by Berlin based artis SuperBlast at the Hillbrow Theatre, Johannesburg in cooperation with the Outreach Foundation. The pictures reflect on the teenage energy and great overall spirit.