THE WEST AT THE VOLKSBÜHNE IN OCTOBER

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We are glad to announce that THE WEST is back at the Volksbühne in October!

Show dates:
22.10.2021 19:30
23.10.2021 19:30

Inspired by various strategies of Western societies and their worldwide influence – from Africa to Latin America – in THE WEST fictional worlds are developed and the means for constructing visual landscapes – which have shaped the social-economic relations between “the other” and Europe up to the present day – are questioned. Exoticism as a projection of Western fantasy wish fulfilment and as aesthetic exploitation of the foreign in the empire of Western mass cultures. During the height of the Cold War, the CIA invested enormous amounts of money in a secret programme that supported cultural propaganda in Western Europe. In In the United States of Africa author Abdourahman Waberi shifts perspective to a reality in which the Western world no longer plays a role. The West sketches out an anthropological, performative study of Western civilisation and takes a humorous look at Western societies as a dream factory of artificial authenticity.

Get your ticket here.

 

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TRANSMUTACIONES LAFKENCHE

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Places of collective memory silently break through us daily, becoming a part of the photographic image of landscape. They travel unnoticed from  decorative to elements of fiction.

What is a place of collective memory in any case? Is there anything as such?

Is memory anything rather than the same collection of supposedly real events repeated over and over again?

The performative nature of a monument built to rise from the land and to  stand constantly glancing at the individual, cannot but be intervened by  becoming of the same nature.

To question this spaces as a contemporary being requires to initiate the  ritual of memory; in order to understand, the individual must transmute  and give that look back at them.

After a constant investigation and irruption in these spaces through out  the city of Berlin, artist-in-residence Aukanaw shares his performance  with a techno-shamanic ritual where the spectator becomes an active  part of the art piece. This proposal arises as a collaboration with Constanza Macras Dorky Park, Goethe Institute Chile, Slomo Studio for  sound experience design and Sofia Pastor as curator assistant.

- Please register at administration@dorkypark.org and receive your  invitation to attend Aukanaw Performance at Tempelhofer Feld,  September 2, 2021 -

Recommendation for the experience:

Bring comfortable clothing and a blanket to lay on the ground.
Bring  some snacks we will share altogether.
Bring your phone charged and your headphones.

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NEW ARTIST RESIDENCY

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We are very pleased to announce, that with the support of Goethe-Institut Chile, DorkyPark is welcoming the Chilean performance creator and scenic researcher AUKANAW as our artist-in-residency. During his stay in Berlin, Aukanaw will continue working on the concept of „TRANSMUTACIONES LAFKENCHE“ – a site-specific Ritual Installation, in collaboration with the Berlin non-binary sound artist SPOKE.

With this project, Aukanaw investigates how the act of installation – the body turned into a visual sign – is capable of breaking into the landscape, thereby reconfiguring a whole new context, time, history and multiple memories. How is it, that this living image that we observe returns our gaze and questions us sensibly and politically about our being-in the world?

As a work-in-progress, we will invite you to join a try-out ritual on September 2nd and 3rd.
More detailed information soon.

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AUGUST 2021: Stages of Crisis & The Pose

We are glad to finally back on stage. Save the dates for August:

13-14.08 STAGES OF CRISIS @ Gärten der Welt (Tanz im August Festival)
Get a ticket here.

22 & 24-29.08 THE POSE @ Weiße Halle (Gartenfelder, Spandau)
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Save the date! The Pose in an old factory of the Siemensstadt

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THE POSE by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark

@  Weiße Halle, Gartenfelderstr. 14-28, 13599 Berlin
H62W+Q5 Berlin

22.08.2021, 18:30
24.08.2021, 19:00
25.08.2021, 19:00
26.08.2021, 19:00
27.08.2021, 19:00
28.08.2021, 19:00
29.08.2021, 18:30

> Tickets available here.

THE POSE deals with memory, the photographic image and self -representation, posing questions about identity and its representation, the relationship between the digital and the analogue and the mnemonic character of photography. How are analogue memories and digital exercises intertwined? In which way are choreographic composition and photographic image similar forms of representation? From the (self-) staging of Selfies to the apparent authenticity of the analogue picture THE POSE takes the audience on a journey through the performers’ stories and histories, that examinates the fictionality and factuality of memory.

THE POSE is designed as a 3,5h long site-specific parcours that guides the spectator through different spaces of the unique former factory halls of Siemensstadt. With original music from Robert Lippok.

Regie und Choreografie: Constanza Macras
Musik: Robert Lippok

Von und mit: Candaş Bas, Alexandra Bódi, Emil Bordás, Chia-Ying Chiang, Rob Fordeyn, Luc Guiol, Sonya Levin, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Ana Mondini, Daisy Phillips, Miki Shoji

Bühnenbild: Laura Gamberg, Veronica Wüst & Chika Takabayashi Licht: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha, Uli Kellermann Ton: Max Heesen Kostüm: Constanza Macras
Regieassistenz: Marie Glassl, Rosmery Rojas Kostümassistenz: Marcus Barros Cardoso, Valeria Nesis Adaptation Bühne: Elena Popova Produktion: Chloé Ferro Produktionsbüro: Sarah Lipszyc Administration/Management DorkyPark: Xiao Yu Technische Koordination: Stephan Schröder

Headphones provided by Silent Disco.

The show is in English with German subtitles

/!\ Please make sure to bring either a valid negative COVID-19 test result (no self test), proof of vaccination or recovery, plus your ID and a FFP2 face mask. /!\

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STAGES OF CRISIS AT TANZ IM AUGUST

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After a fulminant premiere at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in May this year as a live-stream, the festival Tanz im August will present the first live performances of STAGES OF CRISIS at Gärten der Welt on 13 & 14 August. Get your tickets here.

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Berlin Elsewhere and Oedipus Rex are online!

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Berlin Elsewhere was performed by ten dancers and two musicians who explore the borders of segregation and madness in our modern society! Watch it here.

Oedipus Rex is the first opera project of Constanza Macras. A creation based on Igor Stravinsky’s 1927 opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex (with libretto by Jean. Cocteau) and created in collaboration with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota who designed the stage set. Watch it here.

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Tabori Preis 2021!

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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.

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THE DYING SWANS PROJECT

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In March 2021, Constanza Macras participated in ”The Dying Swans Project” initialised by Eric Gauthier and the Gauthier Dance Company in Stuttgart. She choreographed a solo for Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, who is part of the company at Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The musical score has been newly composed for the performance by Berlin based musician and long-term collaborator Robert Lippok.

Watch the video here.

The Dying Swans Project spotlights famous international choreographers as well as representatives of the Stuttgart independent scene. It consists of 16 solos for each company member of Gauthier Dance, which will be available as video clips free of charge on 3sat-Mediathek and the social media channels of Theaterhaus Stuttgart and Gauthier Dance.

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