photos: Frank R. Schröder.
Dear iHeartBerlin readers, it’s time to grab your popcorn and your drama glasses, because the newest production at the Volksbühne Berlin is about to give you a front-row seat to the drama that goes on behind the curtains.
Constanza Macras, the queen of theatrical chaos, has once again outdone herself with her latest masterpiece, DRAMA. This performance is not for those who prefer their theater neat and tidy. No, this one is for those who live for the drama, both on and off-stage. If you have never seen a piece by Macras, Drama might be your time to start.
Firstly, don’t expect a clear storyline or simple thread to follow. Rather enjoy being overwhelmed by many stories, many images, and anecdotes from showbusiness from around the world. You will learn about Divas from Buenos Aires who danced until their last breath. About actors with addiction problems and directors fixated on the idea to impress their fathers. All these stories will be accompanied by regular distractions like cheeky sexual scenes, contagious group dances, and collective renditions of pop songs from former decades.
The costumes and the stage with a big staircase at its center seemed to come straight from Friedrichstadtpalast, the notorious show theater that is famous for its more light-hearted (or let’s call them cheesy) shows. But while in this kind of theater, the dancers are all the same size (skinny and tall) and are trained to be perfectly synchronized, Macras company is letting the dancers embrace their individuality. The audience was really charmed by the dancers and the show unfolding in front of their eyes. So yes, you might not find a show all about perfection here, but instead a big portion of humor, wittiness, and a lot of personalities. And who wants perfection in show business anyway, right?
Constanza Macras’s company Dorky Park, which was established in 2000, brings together dancers from all over the world, with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and training. This diversity is evident not only in the dancers’ physical appearances, but also in their unique styles, movements, and perspectives. They have different body types, ages, and abilities. They also come from various dance backgrounds, including contemporary dance, ballet, hip-hop, aerial acrobatics, and traditional folk dance. Instead of trying to mold the dancers into a single, homogeneous group, she embraces their individuality and allows them to bring their own stories and emotions to the stage. This results in performances that are both deeply personal and universally relatable.
Overall, Drama is a must-see performance for anyone who loves theater, dance, and a good dose of chaos. Constanza Macras has once again proven that she is a master of her craft, and her company Dorky Park is a true force to be reckoned with in the world of dance. If you’re looking for a night of laughter, tears, and plenty of drama, then be sure to catch Drama at the Volksbühne Berlin. It’s a wild ride that you won’t soon forget!
The next shows are on February 3rd and 27th at 19:30 at Volksbühne. Tickets are available here.