Hillbrowfication - international collaboration at the Hillbrow Theatre

The OUTREACH FOUNDATION’s Hillbrow Theatre Project is excited to announce the 2nd international collaboration for 2017.   Constanza Macras | Dorkypark is presently working with 21 children and youth, ranging from the ages of 5 to 22, to create a dance work, Hillbrowfication. The work will premiere at the Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Theatre on the 9th and 10th March 2018 as part of the 30th anniversary of the Dance Umbrella Festival. The work will then travel to Berlin to perform at the Maxim Gorki Theatre.

“Hillbrowfication” will explore a Hillbrow of the future – to challenge and inspire the young cast to reimagine their neighbourhood. To develop material based on their on their perceptions and experiences of xenophobia and violence in the city.

A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark and the Hillbrow Theatre Project of the Outreach Foundation in co-production with Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and with the support of the Goethe-Institut. Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The Hillbrowfication creative team

  • Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras
  • Choreography: Lisi Estaras
  • Dramaturgy and Choreography Training: Tamara Saphir
  • Costume Design: Roman Handt (South African fashion designer)
  • Dorky Park performers: Miki Shoji, Emil Bordas, John Sithole
  • Assistant Directors: Helena Casas and Linda Michael Mkhwanazi

The Boitumelo Project will work together with Roman Handt to create costumes and with Constanza to develop set items. The Hillbrow Music Centre will also be part of creating a soundscape for the production.

 

CONSTANZA MACRAS Curation

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Constanza 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.

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