© Levent Öget
Artist: Aydin Teker
Category: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation: 2005
“aKabi” by the Turkish choreographer Aydin Teker is a work about the limits and possibilities of the body which are created by the use of unconventional shoes. The result is an extremely rigorous choreography on the very edge of balance, a piece of stunning sculptural beauty.
Four dancers move around the stage in enormous platform shoes of varying heights and shapes. With each new pair of shoes the bodies undergo a transformation and, in so doing, trace the limits of their material presence.
While searching new possibilities of movement with and in spite of the shoes, a new body language emerges out of contradictions like balance/off balance, and symmetry/ asymmetry. The shoes become the most determining organs of the body, they even become autonomous creatures: they revolt against the whole body, they move and play independently in the air or on the floor. The bodies, in return, struggle to adjust themselves in this fury, they walk on the limits, and in this process they take tremendous risks. In Akabi we are faced with the imagery of the "human condition"; the struggle for existence and the capacity of transformation in a constant process of 'becoming'
Concept and Choreography
Created toghether with the dancers
Serap Meric, Ayse Orhon, Emre Olca and Sebnem Yuksel
Ayse Orhon, Burak Yamantürk, Serap Meri, Serhat Kural, Sebnem Yüksel
Manuel Mota, Margarida Garcia
Bimeras / iDans (Istanbul - TK)
Alkantara (Lisbon - PT) and Berliner Festspiele (Berlin - DE)
BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST
Aydin Teker is a unique figure in the Turkish contemporary dance scene, a true pioneer, who has worked in Istanbul for over thirty years. After a long career of some decades, Aydin Teker still remains one of the most radical and vanguard creators in Turkey. She graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1973 and joined Ankara State Opera and Ballet as a dancer. In 1976, she got a scholarship and first went to London and then to the USA. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her works have been shown in festivals and venues in Europe, South America and Asia.