Outreach Foundation / Hillbrow Theatre Project (South Africa) und DorkyPark / Constanza Macras (Germany)
HILLBROWFICATION is a performance project with children and young people (ages 5 to 19) from Hillbrow (South Africa): a futuristic approach of life in the neighborhood, where the situation of migrants, violence and xenophobia are harsh realities of their everyday life. In a workshop with chereographer Lisi Estaras and Coach Nicolas Vladyslav, the children will receive instruction on “Body Language”, a contemporary dance method. The aim is to create a common language with them in order to work on their perception and experiences of xenophobia and violence in the city. Based in the material produced during the workshop, Constanza Macras will create a performance with them about “the Hillbrow of the future”, on how they imagine and/or wish their city to be like as they grow older: utopias and dystopias of ghettoization and gentrification.
Direction: Constanza Macras and Hillbrow Theatre Project | Choreography: Constanza Macras and Lisi Estaras | Company: Constanza Macras | Dorky Park and Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Theatre Project
Dramaturgy: Tamara Saphir | By and with: Miki Shoji, Emil Bordas, John Sithole, Zibusiso Dube, Bigboy Ndlovu, Nompilo Hadebe, Rendani Dlamini, Karabo Kgatle, Tshepang Lebelo, Brandon Magengele, Jackson Magotlane, Bongani Mangena, Tisetso Maselo, Vusi Magoro, Amahle Meine, Sakhile Mlalazi, Sandile Mthembu, Hope Mwenda, Thato Ndlovu, Simiso Ngubane, Blessing Opoka, Pearl Sigwagwa, Ukho Somadlaka and Lwadlile Thabethe.| Costume Design: Roman Handt | Stage and Props: Roman Handt and Outreach Foundation’s Boitumelo | Lightning and technical design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha | Assistant directors: Helena Casas and Linda Michael Mkhwanazi | In co-production with Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and the Goethe-Institut (International Coproduction Fund) | Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The Outreach Foundation’s Hillbrow Theatre Project is generously funded by Bread for the World, Ford Foundation and Rand Merchant Bank.
This project is part of round 1 of the International Coproduction Fund, year 2016.