A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

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In 2013, Constanza Macras | DorkyPark created the show Forest: The Nature of Crisis, a piece that took the romantic associations to the forest, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, the economic bubbles and economies in crisis as point of departure. Romanticism is the cult of the individual, the inner spark of divinity that links one human being to another and all human beings to larger truth. For the Romantic, nature was, indeed, a constant companion and teacher. She became the stage on which human drama was played, the context in which human beings came to understand their place in the universe. Throughout all of Romantic literature, music, and art, nature is a dynamic presence, a character who speaks in a language of symbols at once mysterious and anthropomorphic. The piece was performed in Müggelwald Berlin as a 4-hour long performative walk through different notions of space.

Stages of Crisis was to be a stage version of the materials developed in the forest. The piece was to carry the converted fairy tales and the reminiscence of nature to another place: a supermarket where products present themselves as the biggest possible vortex to nature.

The creative process started in 2019, was to be premiered in May 2020 and had to be postponed to May 2021. The context of the pandemic hangs over the long ago chosen title of the work

Today, as the crisis deepens economically and ecologically, as humanity moves forward in denial of the harmful effects of digitalisation on the environment, and the place of the stage is largely in danger, the reality of theatre is put into question. The hierarchies of the stage, the fight about the “better” or “bigger” stage become obsolete when there are only empty theatres; Where are the questions about the audience numbers, who has a bigger platform, and where the hell is the Theatre Meeting? The piece transits between over-consumption and the global initiatives and reactions born on the internet, fed by a threatening horror vacui, the fear of nothingness, and cookbooks during lockdown. Individualism is in crisis but without searching to copy nature to find new collectivisms, a new way that fails because solidarity as such hasn’t established and predatory forms without a clear goal or pray prevail.

“What happens when the best biologists of the twenty-first century cannot do their job with bounded individuals plus contexts, when organisms plus environments, or genes plus whatever they need, no longer sustain the overflowing richness of biological knowledges, if they ever did? What happens when organisms plus environments can hardly be remembered for the same reasons that even Western-indebted people can no longer figure themselves as individuals and societies of individuals in human-only histories? Surely such a transformative time on earth must not be named the Anthropocene!”
(Haraway, Donna J., Staying with the Trouble (Experimental Futures) (pp. 30-31). Duke University Press. Kindle Edition).

Premiere is on 14th May 2021 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (livestream).

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Concept, Text und Choreography: Constanza Macras
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
By and with: Candaş Bas, Alexandra Bódi, Emil Bordás, Chia-Ying Chiang, Rob Fordeyn, Yuya Fujinami, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Miki Shoji
Live music by and with: Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Almut Lustig

Stage design: Nina Peller
Light design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha
Sound design: Stephan Wöhrmann
Costumes: Constanza Macras
Assistant director: Marie Glassl
Costume assistant: Valeria Nesis
Stage intern: Elena Popova
Direction interns: Dominika Kocis-Müller, Anna Hemsted
Production management: Chloé Ferro
Production assistant: Sarah Lipszyc
Administration/Management DorkyPark: Xiao Yu
Distribution: Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts