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If Alexandra was to have its own Soapie what would such a Soapie be called? Who would be the main characters? And what would be their destiny? These are the questions that group of artist have been asking the residents of Alexandra as a research for a possible future soap. The kind of Soapie that shows Alexandra as it really is, with all its diversity and richness, its unity and complexity. A Soapie that stars the community and reveals their energy and their stories. A God created the world, the artists have been meeting, talking, having fun and dancing with the local people In just 7 days. The results have some surprises that play with cliches and expectations,they will be presented in a series of short films mixed with live conversations with the audience.
SUPER LOCAL STORIES is a series of small format performances resulting in collaborations between South African and German artists curated by Constanza Macras within the frame of the three-years project SPACE TALES: FUTURE CITIES, initiated by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut South Africa.
The performances from the SUPER LOCAL STORIES series were developed during the cycle from artistic residencies, which took place between 2016-2018 in Berlin and different areas of Johannesburg and its outskirts, mostly in townships and semi-rural areas. The performance function as different chapters of a single series, relayed to one another as landmarks in the city. SUPER LOCAL STORIES engaged South African and German artists coming from different disciplines, aware of the contemporary dialogue between performance arts and performing arts. Their artistic proposals deal with different aspects of the topic: architectures of exclusion: diasporas, migrants and xenophobia. Their narratives focus on fictional, documentary and futuristic approaches.
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By and with: John Sithole, Tatiana Saphir, Mandla Mathonsi, Simon Will and Dean Hutton
A part of SUPER LOCAL STORIES series – an artistic exchange between German and South African artists within the project Space Tales: Future Cities. Curated by Constanza Macras
Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the State of Berlin – Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):