The Past by Constanza Macras – Production Visit

Production Visit to the World Premiere of „The Past“ by Constanza Macras

7 November 2014 –  Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden

Register here by 31 October

HELLERAU would like to invite Theatron members to see the World Premiere of „The Past“ by Constanza Macras and a chance to explore the accompanying audience development programme. „The Past“ is a dance project, consisting of two parts, which deals with the art of memory. The performance includes local history and uses interviews from eyewitnesses of the Dresden bombing 1945.

The Past by Constanza MacrasThe division of our image of ‚the city’ between a divine and a wordly is constitutive until today. The city exists as a physical environment as well as a mind-set. Since antiquity, memories are bound to locations and space, consequently always in relation to architecture. What happens when a trauma starts, a destruction, a bombardment? Does reconstruction and renewal help to overcome this trauma? What happens with the people and their memories? In the second part of ‚The Past’, which will premiere in spring 2016, the focus will be the separation of memories and real places in our digital century.

Constanza Macras and her Berlin based company DorkyPark investigate the relationship between memories and real places. In colaboration with the composer Oscar Bianchi and his musicians, a soundscape will be developed which plays an important role for memories. Which sounds create a surface? How are memories, trauma and sounds reconstructed?

The Past

Premiere 7. + 8. November 2014, 20:00, Großer Saal, Festspielhaus Hellerau

HellerauA production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden in coproduction with Schaubühne Berlin. Funded through the Doppelpass program by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

The performance will be in English with German subtitles.

About the production:

Production Visit Schedule

Friday, 7th of November 2014

12:30 Welcome in HELLERAU

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Introduction by Carmen Mehnert to „The Past“ and the Doppelpass program;

discussion about the topic: how to handle collaborations between free groups and institutions

16:00 Tour through HELLERAU

17:00 Get to know HELLERAU´s audience development measure to „The Past“

20:00 Visit of the premiere of „The Past“

after the premier: meet the cast, Constanza Macras, a drink, snacks…

Practical Information


Please use the Theatron event registration form to register online by 1 November via:


HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 56; D-01109 Dresden

How to get there:

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Please make your reservation with the hint „HELLERAU“. You will pay reduced prices. For the reservation contact Frauke from HELLERAU until 1. 11.


Please contact Frauke Wetzel for further information: wetzel[at]

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