The Truth About Monte Verità

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark. In co-production with Schauspiel Leipzig and euro-scene Leipzig.

Funded by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags.

With kind support by Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig and Völkerschlachtdenkmal, Leipzig.


Monte Verità (Italian: truth mountain) rises over Ascona, picturesquely located at Lake Maggiore in the Swiss canton of Tessin. In the first two decades of the 20th century, it was the site of an artist colony that was deemed one of the most significant sources of alternative movements. Those seeking truth fled here from civilisation and sought romantic and nature-oriented ways of life. The mountain became legend thanks to the pacifists and emigrants who came together here, such as Gerhart Hauptmann, Ernst Bloch, Erich Maria Remarque and the dadaist Hugo Ball among many others.

“The truth about Monte Verita” is an evening composed of an expressionist silent interactive film, where the audience is meant to write the text of the movie through SMS and a subsequent live performance

The live performance »The truth about Monte Verità« concentrates on the 8 basic efforts of Rudolf von Laban (1879-1958), whose summer courses on Monte Verità were an important starting point for German expressive dance. His utopia of a liberating dance in harmony with nature stands in conjunction with the criticism of the increasing technologicalisation and industrialisation of modernity.

The artist colony had it height between the 2 world wars . Through 8 basic efforts of Rudolf Laban an expressionist dadaist performance is created that echoes dead, despair and the wish of lightness and diversion.


(C) Rolf Arnold


Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras

From and with: Louis Becker, Emil Bordás, Fernanda Farah, László Horváth, Nile Koetting, Jelena Kuljić, Almut Lustig, Ana Mondini, Felix Saalmann, Miki Shoji

Costume Design: Gilvan de Coêlho de Oliveira, Allie Saunders (Video)
Stage Design: Laura Gamberg, Chika Takabayashi
Music: Fernanda Farah, Jelena Kuljić, Almut Lustig
Video: Catalina Fernandez, Jon Street, Claire Wilkins
Assistant Director: Felipe Amaya, Nikoletta Fischer

Technical Director & Light: Arvid Piasek

Production: Katharina Wallisch
Production Office: René Dombrowski, Josephine Reinisch
Administration: Aminata Oelßner
Tour: Ricardo Frayh