Constanza Macras: Memory is fragile, garbage lasts forever<font size=2> by Kamla Hurst</font> Oct 7, 2006

by Kamla Hurst

Two immediate thoughts come to mind when I heard that the trash queen of Berlin was coming: Felix Ruckert and Munich. Berlin-based choreographer Ruckert was at On the Boards a few years ago, bringing a sexy, cool club experience that truly engaged audience members -- a friend of mine recently recalled being repeatedly bounced on by a dancer named Jose at an evening performance. This is a fond memory. And I think of Munich whenever I hear Berlin b/c not long ago my mother worked for an airline, which meant I could travel to places like Germany for pennies. My friend and I settled on a stay in Munich, and even years later, I wonder how could we have not bought tickets to Berlin?! Thus, a cultural export from Berlin re-invigorates a hope to travel and explore ”¦

*Back to the Present* features a multinational ensemble of dorks on display -- performers dance, interview each other, play flute, fetishize stuffed animals, experience heartbreak on video, run around in...

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Constanza Macras: On Dorky Park<font size=2> by Mark Boeker</font> Oct 7, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

This show was so hot there was a fire engine waiting outside immediately after leaving the theater...no serious. It was hot in that dorky vs. sexy way. The playfulness and inventiveness kept me enthralled throughout and even though, after a pitch-perfect first act, the wind left the sails a bit, there would be a change of scenario, like a rice-cake eating contest to Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" performed by the entire troupe, and I'd be focused right back in. Who knew dance could be so much fun? Yet it would discredit this group to write them off as just dancers, as they succeeded in all the theatrical realms. The films lacked any heft, but were amusing and allowed for some pretty dramatic set changes. I loved how Macras/Dorky Park continually changed the landscape or channel, mood or entire world, right before your eyes. It was the outright goofiness and almost anarchic level of activity that made the show so special...I didn't feel the need to try to figure things out or...

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Review in the New York Times Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

"What distinguishes 'Back to the Present', apart from a personable, sexy cast, is the manic good humor of the entire enterprise...it's just exhilarating."
-The New York Times

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Review in the New York Sun Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

"the kind of show that generates wildfire word-of-mouth...if you can picture a sequence including a rock ballad, a guy on one roller skate, a striptease involving a flute and a neck brace, Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons', and an inflatable sheep... you're well on your way to imagining the dizzying anarchy of 'Back to the Present.'"
-The New York Sun

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The arrival of the Back to the Present set Oct 6, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Here we are unloading the 53' freight truck that brought Dorky Park's set from Minneapolis:

Dorky Park set

Dorky Park tub

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Constanza Macras: its aesthetic is a frenetic, brazen orgy of of experimental dance, pop, and trash Oct 5, 2006

by Sara E

Check out Brendan Kiley's awesome post about Constanza Macras on the Stranger's Slog

Stuffed Animals and Cigarettes

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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park: Back to the Present Oct 4, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Stay tuned for comments from Alia Swersky's Cornish dance class students right here!

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Matthew Richter/xom: Dinner Theater Sep 20, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

Join us for the first blog of the new season for Matthew Richter/xom Dinner Theater. Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews to register your opinion.

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