A dance performance about utopias and dystopias of ghettoization and gentrification.
Hillbrow is part of Johannesburg: a city within the city, a suburb right in the center. Originally planned as a showcase district, which provided a particularly healthy living situation for the residents, it became synonymous with corruption, violence and poverty with its decline during the 1990s.
Thanks to the initiative of many neighborhood organizations, spaces like the Hillbrow Theatre offer a havre of relative peace and safety for kids and youths, promoting a progressive environment for the integration of the neighbourhood’s inhabitants of various origins in a context still charged with criminality and xenophobic violence.
Choreographer Constanza Macras is bringing her international production Hillbrowfication to the Gorki. Twenty-one Hillbrow children and teenagers aged 5 to 22 have worked in Johannesburg with her and choreographer Lisi Estaras on a futuristic approach to their life in a neighbourhood.