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Recording: 2017-09-30 , DorkyPark Bureau (© Walter Bickmann)

Interview / Portrait

Constanza Macras | DorkyPark

Constanza Macras | DorkyPark

DorkyPark was created in 2003 with the artistic direction of Constanza Macras and dramaturgy from Carmen Mehnert. It is an interdisciplinary ensemble that works with dance, text, live music and film.

The company has been touring extensively across the world, being invited to festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon in France, the Wiener Festwochen in Austria, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) in Korea, the Buenos Aires International Festival (FIBA) in Argentina, Attakalari – India Biennial in India, Dance Umbrella Johannesburg among many others.

In Germany the company collaborates with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts in Dresden and with Berlin based venues such as the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Maxim Gorki Theatre and in the past with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Apart of these partners the company also works in Hamburg with Thalia Theater and Kampnagel, beside having toured in many state theaters like Schauspiel Hannover, Theatre Freiburg and Schauspiel Köln. It has also presented site specific projects in Kaufhaus Jandorff and the Forest in Müggelsee.

The company’s productions have been supported throughout the years by the Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department, the Hauptstadkulturfonds (Capital Cultural Fund), the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Cultural Foundation), the Goethe-Institut, NPN (National Performance Network), Fonds Darstellende Künste among other public and private funding institutions from Germany and abroad.

Apart of its productions the company is also engaged in the organisation of curatorial programs mixing theory and praxis such as “Dance about Architecture“ international Symposium curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss or “On Fire“ residence program with South African and Berlin artist on gender and tradition.

Constanza Macras was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied dance and fashion design, at the Buenos Aires University (UBA). She continued her dance studies in Amsterdam and New York (Merce Cunningham Studios).

In 1995, Macras moved to Berlin and danced for various companies. In 1997, she founded her own first company TAMAGOTCHI Y2K. Between 1998 and 2000, TAMAGOTCHI Y2K presented four pieces: Wild Switzerland (1998), Face One (1999), In Between (2000) and Dolce Vita (2000), a site-specific live music performance that combined artists from various disciplines. It was created as a one-time event for each specific location.

From 2001 to 2002, Macras developed and presented the trilogy MIR: A Love Story. In 2002, she also curated the project ‘PORNOsotros’, where she performed together with Lisi Estaras (Ballets C. de la B.) under the direction of different directors four short pieces dealing with the subject of pornography at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin.

She taught workshops and master classes in Japan, the United States (Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, ‘On the Boards’ in Seattle, India Atakalari Dance Center), France, Italy (Rome University for Performing Arts), Belgium (Antwerp University), the Netherlands (Henny Jurriens Foundation), Switzerland and Germany (Hochschule fuer Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’ and at the University of Arts UdK, both in Berlin.

In 2008 Constanza Macras received the Goethe-Institut Award for an outstanding German production for her piece HELL ON EARTH.

In 2010 she was awarded with the Arts at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) William L. Abramowitz Residency. Since 1961, the series has brought renowned performing artists and writers to MIT to perform, present public lectures, and collaborate with students in free programs. In the same year Constanza Macras was awarded the national German theater-prize DER FAUST for best choreography for the piece MEGALOPOLIS.

Next to her productions with her company, Constanza Macras has also created “Bosque de Espejos” (2016) for Teatro Colón’s Permanent Ballet Company in Buenos Aires; “Soft Cell” (2015) commissioned by and for the Göteborg Opera Dance Company; Paraíso sem Consolação (2008) a commission work of the Goethe Institut São Paulo with dancers from the company and a Brazilian cast. Premiered in São Paulo; Ein Sommernachtsraum (2006) together with Thomas Ostermeier, the Schaubühne ensemble and dancers from DorkyPark, Premiered at the Hellenic Festival; Pegarle a la Bolsa (2004) a commission from the Goethe-Institut Cordoba (Argentina) and Happiness (2003) for the Saarländisches Staatstheater Ballet.


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