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On Fire: The Invention Of Tradition

26 Feb 2015 - 28 Feb 2015

PREMIERE :  September 2015

How can tradition and heritage be re-evaluated in different cultural groups? What stories do we tell and why? „On Fire,“ premiered in Johannesburg in February 2015, is the name of Constanza Macras‘ new piece and examines how traditions and rituals look in urban centers today. For this, Macras has brought together an international cast of dancers, performers and musicians from her company Dorky Park and from South Africa, and works with photographs by African-American artist Ayana V. Jackson. „On Firereflects on the artistic deconstruction of colonial and patriarchal images of theother“ in post-apartheid times with a lot of humor, music and energetic choreography. In her new show, Argentine choreographer and director Constanza Macras explores urban traces of colonial heritage. 


Choreography and Director : Constanza Macras 

By & With : Louis Becker, Emil Bordas, Lucky Kele, Jelena Kuljic, Diile Lebeko, Mandla Mathonsi, thulani Mgidi, Melusi Mkhwanjana, Felix Saaimann, Fana Tshabalala, John Sithole

Dramaturgy : Carmen Mehnert

Visual Artist:  Ayana V.Jackson

Video Design : Dean Hutton

Costume Design : Constanza Macras 

Costume Assistant : Noluthando Lobese

Assistant Director : Nikoletta Fischer

Sound Design : Jelena Kuljic/Abigail Thatcher

Lighting Design : Catalina Fernandez

Technical Direction : Abigail Thatcher

Production Management :  Nhanhla Mahlangu

Production Office: Rene Dombrowski

International Relations: Rui Silveira

Tour Management: Ricardo Frayha

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 Angelegenhinten – der Regierende Bürgermeister Berlin and with friendly support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Goethe Institut Süafrika, Dance Forum Johannesburg and Momo Gallery


  • Date: 26 Feb 2015 - 28 Feb 2015


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