On Fire – The Invention of tradition

On Fire – The Invention of Tradition by Constanza Macras deals with the re-evaluation of heritage and tradition in relation to segregated cultural groups, which are being articulated in new ways in urban life – and with self-defined contemporary practices and rituals. The piece wishes to reflect on post-colonial / post – apartheid ongoing power struggles and the artistic deconstructions of colonial/ patriarchal imageries of „the other“. For this piece, Constanza Macras works with a mixed cast of South African and Berlin-based performers and in collaboration with the work of Johannesburg-based artist Ayana V. Jackson, whose photography interrogates and deconstructs other aspects of a specific chapter that we might add to the history of “invented traditions”: the visual representation of the “other” in historical and journalistic photography.

Duration: 90 min.

A production by CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark in collaboration with Ayana V Jackson and Dean Hutton and in co-production with Dance Umbrella Johannesburg (ZA) and Maxim Gorki Theater (DE). Funded by the German Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) and the Governing Mayor of Berlin / Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs Department (Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten – der Regierende Bürgermeister Berlin) and with the support of Rudolf Augstein Stiftung (DE), Goethe Institut Südafrika (DE), Dance Forum (ZA) and Momo Gallery (ZA)