On Fire

The Invention of Tradition

Premiere: 29.09.2015
Final show: 23.11.2016 (Currently no tickets available)

How are tradition and heritage re-evaluated in different cultural groups? What stories do we tell and why? On Fire, a new work from Constanza Macras premiered in Johannesburg in 2015, examines what traditions and rites look like in urban centers today. For this project Macras has assembled an international cast of dancers, performers and musicians from her company Dorky Park and from South Africa, and worked with photographs by African-American artist Ayana V. Jackson. With humor, music and energetic choreography, On Fire reflects on the artistic deconstruction of colonial and patriarchal images of the »other« in postapartheid times.

In her new show, choreographer and director Constanza Macras grapples with urban traces of colonialism. The Past, her last production which was shown at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, deals with different forms of the aesthetics of commemoration.


A production of Macras / DorkyPark in cooperation with Ayana V. Jackson and Dean Hutton
Co-produced by Dance Umbrella South Africa and the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and with the support of the Rudolf Augstein Foundation, Goethe Institute South Africa, Johannesburg Dance Forum and Momo Gallery.


Director and choeographer
Constanza Macras