CONSTANZA MACRAS was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied dance and fashion design, at the Buenos Aires University (UBA). She continued her dance studies in Amsterdam and New York (Merce Cunningham Studios).
In 1995, Macras moved to Berlin and danced for various companies. In 1997, she founded her own first company TAMAGOTCHI Y2K. Between 1998 and 2000, TAMAGOTCHI Y2K presented four pieces: Wild Switzerland (1998), Face One (1999), In Between (2000) and Dolce Vita (2000), a site-specific live music performance that combined artists from various disciplines. It was created as a one-time event for each specific location.
From 2001 to 2002, Macras developed and presented the trilogy MIR: A Love Story. In 2002, she also curated the project ‘PORNOsotros’, where she performed together with Lisi Estaras (Ballets C. de la B.) under the direction of different directors four short pieces dealing with the subject of pornography at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin.
She taught workshops and master classes in Japan, the United States (Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, ‘On the Boards’ in Seattle, India Atakalari Dance Center), France, Italy (Rome University for Performing Arts), Belgium (Antwerp University), the Netherlands (Henny Jurriens Foundation), Switzerland and Germany (Hochschule fuer Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’ and at the University of Arts UdK, both in Berlin.
In 2008 Constanza Macras received the Goethe-Institut Award for her piece HELL ON EARTH.
In 2010 she was awarded with the Arts at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) William L. Abramowitz Residency. Since 1961, the series has brought renowned performing artists and writers to MIT to perform, present public lectures, and collaborate with students in free programs. In the same year Constanza Macras was awarded the national German theater-prize DER FAUST for best choreography for the piece MEGALOPOLIS.
Next to her productions with her company, Constanza Macras has also created “Bosque de Espejos” (2016) for Teatro Colón’s Permanent Ballet Company in Buenos Aires; “Soft Cell” (2015) commissioned by and for the Göteborg Opera Dance Company; Paraíso sem Consolação (2008) a commission work of the Goethe Institut São Paulo with dancers from the company and a Brazilian cast. Premiered in São Paulo; Ein Sommernachtsraum (2006) together with Thomas Ostermeier, the Schaubühne ensemble and dancers from DorkyPark, Premiered at the Hellenic Festival; Pegarle a la Bolsa (2004) a commission from the Goethe-Institut Cordoba (Argentina) and Happiness (2003) for the Saarländisches Staatstheater Ballet.
CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK
DORKYPARK was created in 2003 with the artistic direction of Constanza Macras and dramaturgy from Carmen Mehnert. It is an interdisciplinary ensemble that works with dance, text, live music and film .
The company has been touring extensively across the world, being invited to festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon in France, the Wiener Festwochen in Austria, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) in Korea; the Buenos Aires International Festival (FIBA) in Argentina, Attakalari – India Biennial in India or Dance Umbrella Johannesburg.
In Germany the company collaborates with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts in Dresden and with Berlin based venues such as the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Maxim Gorki Theatre and in the past with HAU -Hebbel am Ufer. Apart of these partners the company also works in Hamburg with Thalia Theater and Kampnagel, beside having toured in many state theaters like Schauspiel Hannover, Theatre Freiburg and Schauspiel Köln. It has also presented site specific projects in Kaufhaus Jandorff and the Forest in Müggelsee.
The company’s productions have been supported throughout the years by the Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department, the Hauptstadkulturfonds (Capital Cultural Fund), the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Cultural Foundation), the Goethe-Institut, NPN (National Performance Network), Fonds Darstellende Künste among other public and private funding institutions from Germany and abroad.
The actual company members are: Miki Shoji, Nile Koeting, Johanna Lemke, Felix Saalmann, Emil Bordas, Fernanda Farah, Hyoung Min Kim, Ana Mondini and Luc Giol. Guest dancers / actors: Louis Becker, Daisy Rampson Philips, Anouk Froudevaux, Tatiana Saphir, Mandla Mathonsi, Thulani Mgidi, Melusi Mkhwanjana, Fana Tshabalala, John Sithole, Yi Liu, Juliana Neves, Huanhuan Zhang, Huimin Zhang, Xiaorui Pan, Lu Ge.
Rehearsal directors / training: Miki Shoji, Johanna Lemke and Ana Mondini. Music collaborators: Chico Melo, Oscar Bianchi, Robert Lippock, Almut Lustig, Kristina Lösche- Löwensen and Santiago Blaum. Stage designers: Janina Audick, Laura Gamberg, Alisa Kolbush, Chika Tabakashy and Tal Schacham. Light designers: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha and Catalina Fernandez. Costume Design: Allie Saunders, Gilvan Cohelo, Constanza Macras. Directors Assistants: Niki Fisher and Felipe Amaya.
Apart of its productions the company is also engaged in the organisation of curatorial programs mixing theory and praxis such as “Dance about Architecture“ international Symposium curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss or “On Fire“ residence program with South African and Berlin artist on gender and tradition.
The company PRODUCTIONS are:
HYPERREAL (2020) Together with an ensemble of actors and dancers, Constanza Macras creates an evening that she calls a “dystopian science fiction comedy.” A group of different people gathers in a hotel lobby. Are they hiding or waiting? The space is changing: now it is a hotel, a moment later a think tank. Reality shifts. The group experiences an apocalypse they have not expected to come – hyper-reality suddenly replaces reality. Faced with an impending bankruptcy, they set out in search of sense and entertainment and the meaning of representation of the “real,” the physical. The roots of tragedy. Do we need art? Do we need to see a performance to experience the fleeting physical nature of the living arts?
A production of Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.
THE WEST (2020) “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. 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.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin.
DER PALAST (2019) “Everyone knows about the transformation of Berlin’s centre since the fall of the wall: crumbling old buildings were occupied and filled with new life, the city developed into a point of synergy for creative and party people. This shift towards gentrification, however, also seems to come along with a cultural levelling, in which the taste of a global, well-situated middle class takes top priority. Der Palast grapples with this set of problems by, on the one hand, focusing the work on the architecture, and on the other, revealing both the city’s and its residents’ history, present and ideas for the future. Portraits by the English photographer Tom Hunter will serve as the work’s starting point. Robert Lippok and a live band are providing the soundtrack.”
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin. Constanza Macras | DorkyPark is funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
CHATSWORTH (2018) is the name of one of the Indian townships in Durban where Indian immigrants were relocated during apartheid. Constanza Macras shows the diverse ways that the Indian diaspora has found to relate to the intersections of multiculturalism, the global and the local. Traditional Indian dance and drama entangle with contemporary forms and subject matter. Through the lens of Bollywood, the performers immerse in a universe of assimilation, transformation and resilience: the diasporic self.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in co-production with Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and Soweto Theatre (Johannesburg). Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the State of Berlin – Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
HILLBROWFICATION (2018) Between utopias and dystopias of ghettoisation and gentrification, the fictional future histories of Hillbrow neighbourhood in Johannesburg, of its cultures and beings, create a universe where the performers negotiate and subvert self-representational narratives and their perceptions of xenophobia and violence in the city.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and the Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Theatre Project. In co-production with the Maxim Gorky Theater Berlin and with the support of Goethe-Institut. Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
THE POSE (2017) In this 4-hour performance, the company leaves the conventional dance-theater stage and leads the audience between the intimate spaces and monument stage pictures of the historical architecture of the Academy of Arts at Hanseatenweg. In this peripatetic walk through the parallel performances, the spectators experience the collective memories of the architectural space of Werner Düttmann.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in collaboration with Robert Lippok. The production is supported from thefunds of the HKF – Hauptstadtkulturfonds.In cooperation with Akademie der Künste Berlin.
I AM WITH YOU (2016) is a one-hour long performance made of solos, duos and trios coming out from former group pieces. Created in close collaboration and dialogue with members of her own company and guest performers, I AM WITH YOU offers the audience with an one-of-a-kind insight into Macras creative process and an intimate overview on the amazing number of unalike creations that this choreographer has produced over the last years.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark. Funded by a three-year conceptual grant from the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., made possible by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
ALBUM (2016) a four-hour long piece consisting in site-specific performances and installations dealing with the theme of memory in relationship with the photographic image and self representation.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation through the Doppelpass program.
THE GHOSTS (2015) for this piece Constanza Macras worked with a marginalized social group in China : acrobats and circus performers. They recall the “hungry ghosts” of Chinese popular mythology. The piece allows them a return to the land of living, making their art and their stories visible once again.
A production Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Goethe-Institut China in co-production with Tanz im August (DE), Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (DE), CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT) and Guangdong Dance Festival (CN). Funded by Capital Cultural Fund (DE), Berlin Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs (DE) Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department (DE) and the kind support Garden Hotel Guangzhou (CN)
ON FIRE – THE INVENTION OF TRADITION (2015) a production dealing 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. A production with a mixed cast of South African and Berlin-based performers in collaboration with the Johannesburg-based artist Ayana V. Jackson.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in collaboration with Ayana V Jackson. A co-production with Dance Umbrella South Africa. Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten – der Regierende Bürgermeister Berlin and with friendly support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Goethe Institut Südafrika, Dance Forum Johannesburg and Momo Gallery.
THE PAST (2014) is a piece, consisting in two parts, which deals with the art of memory. In this production, Constanza Macras and her company DorkyPark investigates the relations between memories and real places, using local history and interviews from eyewitnesses of the Dresden bombing 1945. It is the result from a close collaboration with the composer Oscar Bianchi. The 2nd part of “The Past”, which will premier in spring 2016, will focus the separation of memories and real places in our digital era.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Hellerau – European center for arts Dresden, in co-production with Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Funded through the Doppelpass program by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro-Helvetia.
THE TRUTH ABOUT MONTE VERITÁ (2013) is an interactive expressionistic film installation and live performance, with focus on the reform efforts of Rudolf von Laban (1879-1958), whose summer courses on Monte Veritá were a important starting point for german expressive dance. The piece is part of Constanza Macras | DorkyPark performance cycle “The Nature of Crisis”.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in co-production with Schauspiel Leipzig and Euroscene Leipzig. Funded by Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) Koproductionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags. With kind support by Museum der bildenen Künste, Leipzig.
FOREST : THE NATURE OF CRISIS (2013) is a theatrical tour of the Müggelwald forest, accompanied by dance, performance art, texts and music. It questions, during an era of crisis, the return to the nature and explores the associated desires and the significance of the regional in times of a global crisis.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in co-production with Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Schauspiel Leipzig, euroscene Leipzig and ProduZentren Baden-Württemberg (E-Werke e.V.Freiburg, franz.K e.V.Reutlingen, Roxy gGmbH Ulm, Tanz und Theaterwerkstatt e.V. Ludwigsburg, Tolhaus e.V. Karlsruhe). Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affair.
BRANCHES : THE NATURE OF CRISIS (2012) site-specific. A production with the National Theater of Wales in partnership with the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. In the forests of north Wales. Nature of Crisis will explore the mythological and contemporary drive towards transformation through a simultaneous event in the forest and the city centre.
OPEN FOR EVERYTHING (2012) In this special production Constanza Macras is drawing the attention to the current situation of the Romani-people in Middle and Eastern Europe. The piece is created with Romani musicians and performers who team up with performers of the company.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and the Goethe-Institut. In co-production with Wiener Festwochen, New Stage of National Theatre Prague, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest, International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden and Dansens Hus Stockholm and Zürcher Theater Spektakel.Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs and the Open Society Foundations- with contribution of the Arts and Culture Program of Budapest.
HERE/AFTER (2011) Created and performed by four dancers and one musician. A piece about Agoraphobia.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and HAU – Hebbel Theater am Ufer Berlin.
BERLIN ELSEWHERE (2011) Created and performed by ten dancers and two musicians who explore the borders of segregation and madness in our modern society.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin. In co-production with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Maison des Arts de Creteil, the Perspectives Festival Saarbrücken and tanzhaus nrw. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs.
THE OFFSIDE RULES (2010) In this special collaboration, three performers from Constanza Macras’ company team up with dancers from Johannesburg to reflect on the first African World Cup.
A co-production of the Market Theatre, Goethe-Institut South Africa and CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark.
MEGALOPOLIS (2009) Created and performed by ten dancers and three musicians, deals with the phenomenon of megacities as a paradigm for spaces on which people live without knowing each other.
A production Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin and co-produced with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, MESS Sarajevo. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs.
OEDIPUS REX (2009) The creation of Constanza Macras’ first opera project. Igor Stravinsky’s OEDIPUS REX for eight dancers. It premiered in November 2009 with the collaboration of the Dresdener Kammerchor and Festspielhaus Hellerau. The Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, with whom Constanza Macras realized the project IN SILENCE at the Kanagawa Art Foundation of Yokohama in 2008, designed the stage.
A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden and co-produced by Hebbel am Ufer Theater Berlin and Theatre de La Place Liege. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs.
HELL ON EARTH (2008) a piece dealing with the stories of teenagers from immigrated families living in the Berlin district of Neukölln.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and Hebbel am Ufer Theater Berlin. In co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs.
PARAÍSO SEM CONSOLAÇÃO (2008) Together with 12 Brazilian dancers and two musicians Constanza Macras has developed and elaborated this project in São Paulo. The result reflects the working process: the quest for what makes the individual so special, and the way the individual stands its ground against the city’s levelling down.
A project by the Goethe Institute São Paulo and the Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC SP). Sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In co-operation with HAU.
BRICKLAND (2007) Named after a vacant residential development in Buenos Aires, Brickland is not revealed as a concrete location but rather as a symbol of many cities in the globalized world that are, in essence, interchangeable: gated communities as we know from the United States, South America, India or China.
A production Constanza Macras | Dorky Park and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in co-production with DuiDijon, Théâtre de Liège, Le Maillon Strasbourg, Kampnagel Hamburg, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Science and Culture.
I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE (created in 2006, premiered in January 2007) In this project Constanza Macras follows the heroes’ and heroines’ different journeys breaking through obstacles and difficulties to the archetypal images.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Le Maillon Strasbourg, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Le DuoDijon, Schauspielhaus Wien. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs.
SURE, SHALL WE TALK ABOUT IT ? (2005) A piece about the expectations put over the female body related to fitness, wellnee and brands performed at the Milano Fashion Week and Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, by eleven female dancers from different countries accompanied by three musicians.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark. Supported by NIKE.
NO WONDER (2005) created in collaboration with Lisi Estaras. A research about the gender roles in the superlative from the 1970ies till today.
A production Constanza Macras | Dorky Park in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer Theater Berlin and Le Maillon Strasbourg.
BIG IN BOMBAY (2005) ‚Kill time or it’s dead time’. Constanza Macras and her company are exploring the questions of cultural identity and stardom.
A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and Berliner Festspiele – spielzeit europa, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. In co-production with Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Schauspielhaus Wien, sophiensaele. Supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur.
BACK TO THE PRESENT (2004) Stage-Specific. A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Co-production by Maison des Arts de Creteil, Lille 2004 – European Cultural Capital, sophiensaele.
BACK TO THE PRESENT (2004) Site specific. The first production of the company CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark was the site specific version Back to the Present. Back to the Present was integrated into a derelict early 20th century department store the Kaufhaus Jandorf, in the middle of Berlin. Almost 6 hours long, Back to the Present was presented to audiences throughout the house.
SCRATCH NEUKÖLLN (2003) merging the company with ten pre-teens from recently immigrated families living in Berlin district of Neukölln. Performed at Hebbel Am Ufer HAU.