In „The Ghosts“ Constanza Macras undertakes an artistic approach to the People’s Republic of China through a social fringe group: circus performers. It seems as if the acrobats, who once achieved fame and glory for their country, have been forgotten and „discarded“ by Chinese society, even though many of them are still very young. Bringing the present situation of these artists closer to the audience is particularly appropriate because, due to the 2000 year old history of Chinese acrobatics, important philosophical guiding principles as well as historical and cultural Chinese aspects can be found in it. What gaps does China’s economic catch-up cause in their society? And how does an acrobat live today in this constantly changing society? Starting from the condition of the „hungry ghosts“ in Chinese ghost mythology, in whose condition the „isolated being“ of the acrobats is reflected, Constanza Macras confronts these questions in order to deal with a social group that is largely unknown and regarded as inferior in China. Macras‘ „THE GHOSTS“ is now intended to temporarily enable the acrobats to return to life. They are to become visible with their history. In addition to four members of her company Constanza Macras | DorkyPark, Macras has cast five Chinese circus acrobats and a Chinese musician. As always, Macras approaches her subject with different theatrical means such as dance, music and text. 

Cast

Direction, choreography: Constanza Macras 

Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert 

By and with: Emil Bordas, Fernanda Farah, Daisy Phillips, Yi Liu, Juliana Neves, Huanhuan Zhang, Huimin Zhang, Xiaorui Pan, Lu Ge, Chico Mello, Wu Wei 

Music: Chico Mello in collaboration with Wu Wei, Jiannan Chen, Fernanda Farah, Yi Liu 

Assistant music: Jiannan Chen 

Lighting: Sergio Pessanha 

Video, photo design: Manuel Osterholt 

Stage design: Janina Audick 

Stage design assistance: Veronica Wüst 

Costumes: Alison Saunders 

Costume assistance: Ottavia Tröster 

Assistant director: Nikoletta Fischer 

Interns: Alba Duno, Ariella Karatolou, Chin Kuo, Sina Manthey, Paul Rabe, Ottavia Tröster, Roberta Petit 

Translation: Chao Liu, Maureen Luo Yuebing 

surtitles: Carmen Mehnert, Paul Rabe, Maureen Luo Yuebing 

Production management: Katharina Wallisch 

Production office: René Dombrowski 

Production Intern: Magda Zielinska 

Administration: Susanne Kern 

Tour Management: Ricardo Frayha 

International Relations: Rui Silveira 

Production Manager China: Xiao Yu 

Production Assistance: Chao Liu 

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and Goethe Institut China in co-production with Tanz im August, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Udine and the Guangdong Dance Festival. Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and by the Cultural Administration of the State of Berlin. With the kind support of Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. 

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