PREMIERE : December 2021
„Conjuring up the future in the midst of a pandemic requires power and courage. courage. In „The Future“ at the Volksbühne in Berlin, Constanza Macras and her company Macras and her company Dorky Park achieve this with dance and playfulness, without false pathos and yet full of symbolic meaning.“ – Von Simone Kaempf
„Where does this tendency to reprocess, this turning away from the innovation imperative come from? The evening well worth seeing, which Constanza Macras and the ten-member ensemble of DorkyPark at the Volksbühne offers an explanation.“ – Berliner – Morgenpost
Which path should I choose? Where is my life going? What does the future have in store for me? The urgent need to explore something specific about the future has been pursuing humankind throughout their history.
Already in antiquity oracles were consulted, entrails of sacrificial animals interpreted, and constellations of celestial bodies observed. Practices such as reading hands or cartomancy exist up to this day. Contemporary philosophy produces new perspectives on the future, rooted in the critique of the existing system. The discipline of futurology uses scientific methods to make statements about the future, and even governments seek futurologists’ advice: Knowledge about the future guarantees power.
Set in an estranged desert landscape and accompanied by the compositions of Robert Lippok, Constanza Macras, together with ten virtuosi performers and three musicians, explores scenarios in which ascriptions of the future from different eras, utopias, and dystopias collide. What happens to visions of the future that become the present or even the past? And what do they reveal about us and our society?
Concept, text and direction: Constanza Macras
By and with: Simon Bellouard, Alexandra Bódi, Emil Bordás, Fernanda Farah, Rob Fordeyn, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Daisy Phillips, Miki Shoji
Live music by and with: Tatiana Heuman, Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Katrin Schüler-Springorum
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Stage design: Alissa Kolbusch
Costumes: Eleonore Carriere
Light: Hans-Hermann Schulze
Sound: Gabriel Anschütz, Tobias Gringel, Deniz Sungur
Music: Robert Lippok
Assistant director: Mica Heilmann, Darja Ajvazovic
Mask: Spyridon Prosoparis
Dramaturge Assistant: Lili Hering
Costume assistant: Djuna Reiner
Assistant set designer: Laurent Pellissier
Internship directing: Mira Hutto
Stage design internship: Shang-Jie Gao
Technical production management: Karina Zotz
Production: Chloé Ferro
Production office: Sarah Lipszyc
Administration / Management DorkyPark: Xiao Yu
Distribution: Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts
Stage management: Maria Bergel
Theater master: Jan Krüger
Signal box: Sascha Grohmann
Mask: Oleg Dimitrov, Spyridon Prosoparis, Antje Schulz
Props: Cornelia Behmenburg, Eike Grögel, Yvonne Schulz
Women’s and men’s wardrobe: Berit Prang, Marion Schirra, Jens Schulze, Daniela Urban
A coproduction by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and the VVolksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
Co-producer: Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa.
Funded by Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe.