With the Tabori Prize 2021, the expert jury of the Performing Arts Fund honours Constanza Macras | Dorky Park. The collective was selected from over three hundred artists and groups supported by the Performing Arts Fund in the last five years.
With the founding of the company Constanza Macras | Dorky Park in 2003, a whole new spirit entered the Berlin dance scene. The Argentinean choreographer and artistic director of the company Constanza Macras, her dramaturge Carmen Mehnert and the international ensemble created a dance language that combined different dance styles. They took the audience mentally and physically into different social and artistic spaces, vehemently asserting the social and political function of theatre and dance spaces. The company’s first works at the Sophiensӕlen, Kaufhaus Jandorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Schaubühne are unforgotten. New aesthetics and content, as in the plays “Back to the Present”, “Scratch Neukölln”, “Hell on Earth” and “Big in Bombay”, were enthusiastically received by diverse and new audiences. Constanza Macras I Dorky Park subsequently won new theatre and festival partners for their projects and were invited to major international festivals worldwide.
The company went through various creative phases, always facing new challenges and turning to different communities and the themes they dealt with. These are often linked to the biographies of the dancers, whose personal experiences are always given an individual space in the pieces. The specific power of the company is also maintained through the continuity in the work with the dancers. It is to the credit of Constanza Macras I Dorky Park that she always fights anew to preserve the company.
The breadth of the artistic work becomes apparent when one looks back today at the more than 25 productions of the company, the choreographic spaces for themes such as memory and questions of coexistence before one’s eyes, up to present-day evenings such as “Der Palast” and “The West”, which were created at the Volksbühne and which critics sometimes describe as monumental works.
In the course of the almost 20 years since the founding of the collective, Constanza Macras and her international ensemble have developed an extraordinary artistic language that is unmistakable and sets aesthetic standards. She combines the various arts with each other to build unique images out of song, dance, language and film, which are repeatedly broken ironically in a skilful way, thus creating a high level of complexity. The company has thus become an important voice with international appeal, which also works at the interface between the institution and the independent performing arts and shows how this can work.
The expert jury of the Performing Arts Fund awards the Tabori Prize 2021, endowed with 20,000 euros, to Constanza Macras |Dorky Park. In doing so, it honours the artistic continuity of this long-standing company, the unique, unmistakable signature of its interdisciplinary, groundbreaking practice, which sets aesthetic standards at an international level.