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Photo: Thomas Aurin

Der Palast
by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark

Dance
3h, one break

“Everyone knows about the transformation of Berlin’s centre since the fall of the wall: crumbling old buildings were occupied and filled with new life, the city developed into a point of synergy for creative and party people. This shift towards gentrification, however, also seems to come along with a cultural levelling, in which the taste of a global, well-situated middle class takes top priority. Der Palast grapples with this set of problems by, on the one hand, focusing the work on the architecture, and on the other, revealing both the city’s and its residents’ history, present and ideas for the future. Portraits by the English photographer Tom Hunter will serve as the work’s starting point. He presents social topics in the style of the old masters and is developing a series of photographs in Berlin especially for Der Palast. The international format of reality television functions as a counterpart to the architecture. Not only the prototypical characters of the jurors, but also the sets and the participants, are reproduced continually across reality formats. Various guests have been invited to appear in Der Palast within this framework of a reality show. Robert Lippok and a live band are providing the soundtrack.” Carmen Mehnert / Constanza Macras

Premiere: 04.04.19

Cast
By and with: Adaya Berkovich, Emil Bordás, Chia-Ying Chiang, Fernanda Farah, Yuya Fujinami, Luc Guiol, Ronni Maciel, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Anne Ratte-Polle, Miki Shoji

Live music by and with: Santiago Blaum, Kristina Lösche-Löwensen, Jacob Thein

Director and choreographer: Constanza Macras
Visual artist: Tom Hunter
Composition: Robert Lippok
Stage design: Alissa Kolbusch
Costumes: Roman Handt
Lighting design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha
Sound: Stephan Wöhrmann
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Production management: Alisa Golomzina, Xiao Yu, Keiko Tominaga
Director's assistant: Helena Casas

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin. Constanza Macras | DorkyPark is funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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Photo: Thomas Aurin

Photo: Thomas Aurin

Photo: Thomas Aurin

Photo: Thomas Aurin

Photo: Thomas Aurin

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