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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park Review <font size=2>by Stuart Smithers</font> Oct 7, 2006

The first thing you need to know is: if you miss Constanza Macras and Dorky Park, you will have really missed  ”¦ something. I’ve come to expect surprises at On the Boards performances, but this one was out of the box. The show doesn’t really fit into any handy category. It’s a delightful and hilarious romp through life, a web of chaotic energy that washes over the stage with dance, music, stuffed animals flying everywhere, mock personals, video shorts, and an inflatable lamb with a questionable destiny.
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Constanza Macras: Memory is fragile, garbage lasts forever<font size=2> by Kamla Hurst</font> Oct 7, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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