„The hard life began on the day I ended my career. I have no flat, no job and no regular income,“ says the Chinese acrobat Cheng Fei, seven-times national champion and world champion. „The flowers, the applause, the flags – it feels like a different life.“ On the scrapheap by their mid-twenties, on their own, with no social security, often lacking formal education and job prospects – in „THE GHOSTS“ Constanza Macras worked with Chinese circus acrobats. It looks like these former acrobats, who once won fame and fortune for their country with their bodily discipline, have been forgotten and ›decommissioned‹ by Chinese society, even though many of them are still quite young. They recall the ¢hungry ghosts¢– according to Chinese popular mythology, lost souls who have been forgotten by their descendents and lead a miserable existence in an intermediate world. For Macras the former acrobats’ materially precarious, ghostly condition is a metaphor for life in contemporary China, with it contradictions, social injustice and power structures. Those who once brought the country glory and honour are discarded as soon as they are no longer top achievers. Macras’ „THE GHOSTS“, like the Chinese Ghost Festival in July, allows the acrobats a temporary return to the land of the living. The piece makes them and their stories visible once again. Alongside four members of her own company Constanza Macras | DorkyPark Macras has cast five chinese circus acrobats and one musician. As always the Berlin-resident Argentinian choreographer approaches her subject matter with various theatrical means, such as dance, music and text.
Further performances of THE GHOSTS in Berlin 5. + 7. + 8.9.
More information & tickets: www.schaubuehne.de/de/produktionen/the-ghosts
A production by Constanza Macras | Dorkypark and Goethe-Institut China in co-production with Tanz im August, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Udine and Guangdong Dance Festival.
Funded by Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin. Supported by the Berlin Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs Department - and Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. www.GardenHotel.com