Constanza Macras | DorkyPark

Stages of Crisis


approx. 90 mins.

In the foreground, two dancers are captured in motion. In the background, other dancers are slightly elevated.

In 2013, Constanza Macras | DorkyPark created the piece “Forest: The Nature of Crisis”, a piece that took as point of departure the romantic associations to the forest, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, the economic bubbles and economies in crisis. The piece was performed in Müggelwald Berlin as a four-hour long performative walk through different notions of space.

“Stages of Crisis” was to be a stage version of the materials developed in the forest. The piece was to carry the converted fairy tales and the reminiscence of nature to another place: a supermarket where products present themselves as the further possible vortex to nature.

The creative process started in 2019, was to be premiered in may 2020 and had to be postponed to may 2021. Due to the current situation, it is still not possible for HAU and the artist to present this work live – the context of the pandemic hangs over the title of the piece chosen long ago. Instead, live streams (14-16 May) and a video recording (22+23 May) of the same will be made.

Today, as the crisis deepens economically and ecologically, as humanity moves forward in denial of the harmful effects of digitalisation in the environment and the place of the stage is largely in danger, the reality of theatre is put into a big question mark. “Stages of Crisis” transits between over consumption and the global initiatives and reactions born in the internet and fed by a fearful ‘horror vacui’ and cookbooks in lockdown. Individualism is in crisis, but does not orient itself towards nature in order to find forms of collectivism; a new path that fails because solidarity as such has not been established and predatory forms continue to prevail.

The stage premiere of “Stages of Crisis” will take place as part of Tanz im August 2021 in front of an audience in the open air arena of Gärten der Welt.


Concept, text, choreography: Constanza Macras / Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert / By and with: Candaş Bas, Alexandra Bódi, Emil Bordás, Chia-Ying Chiang, Rob Fordeyn, Yuya Fujinami, Johanna Lemke, Sonya Levin, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Miki Shoji / Live music by and with: Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Almut Lustig / Stage design: Nina Peller / Light design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha / Sound design: Stephan Wöhrmann / Costumes: Constanza Macras / Assistant director: Marie Glassl / Costume assistant: Valeria Nesis, Marcus Barros Cardoso / Stage intern: Elena Popova / Direction interns: Dominika Kocis-Müller, Anna Hemsted / Production management: Chloé Ferro / Production assistant: Sarah Lipszyc / Administration, management: Xiao Yu / Distribution: Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts / Live-Stream-Design: Toby


  • Past
    Fri 14.5.2021, 20:00 / HAU4
    Sat 15.5.2021, 20:00 / HAU4
    Sun 16.5.2021, 20:00 / HAU4
    Sat 22.5.2021, 20:00 / HAU4
    Sun 23.5.2021, 20:00 / HAU4

Due to an extensive PCR testing regime for SARS-CoV-2, the performers can also move on stage in this production without minimum distance.

There will be German and English subtitles at the video recordings on 22 and 23 May.


Production: Constanza Macras | DorkyPark. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin).


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