The new show by Constanza Macras continues a collaboration between Dorkypark and many of the young Southafrican cast members of her successful production Hillbrowfication.
In THE VISITORS, they dive into the fascinating world of slasher movies (as 1977´s Halloween), a sub-genre of horror cinema in which teenagers are threatened and killed in numbers. While their parents and other adult figures are typically absent or completely useless, time and again the young ones must deal with the monsters on their own. Re-elaborating on the codes and aesthetics of the genre in the specific context of post-apartheid South Africa, the show touches on themes such as the state orchestrated destruction of family structures during apartheid times, and the persistence of a colonial legacy of bureaucracy and corruption that still disrupts daily life. But if the relentless return of the past is a characteristic trait of slasher cinema, so is the youthful protagonists search for tangent narratives out of it as they fiercely fight the monsters away.
Duration: approx. 90 min.
A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark, in coproduction with Ruhrtriennale, Kampnagel and The Windybrow Arts Centre und Market Theatre. With the support of the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe Institut and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.