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. He presents social topics in the style of the old masters and is developing a series of photographs in Berlin especially for Der Palast. The international format of reality television functions as a counterpart to the architecture. Not only the prototypical characters of the jurors, but also the sets and the participants, are reproduced continually across reality formats. – Carmen Mehnert / Constanza Macras 

Cast

Concept, Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras

By and with: Adaya Berkovich, Emil Bordás, Chia-Ying Chiang,

Fernanda Farah, Yuya Fujinami, Luc Guiol, Ronni Maciel,

Thulani Lord Mgidi, Anne Ratte-Polle, Miki Shoji

Live music by and with:

Santiago Blaum, Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Jacob Thein

Music composition: Robert Lippok

Stage design: Alissa Kolbusch

Costumes: Roman Handt

Assistant Director: Helena Casas, Mica Heilmann

Production management: Alisa Golomzina, Xiao Yu, Jimena Soria

Production Office: Léo Pflimlin R.

Photo: Thomas Aurin

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