Photos © Ebru Anit Ahunbay

harS


by Aydin Teker (Istanbul - TK) 

Dance / Performance. 50’ 

harS is a solo by the Turkish choreographer Aydin Teker worked out for and with the female dancer and former harpist Ayse Orhon. It is an inventive symbiosis between a human body and a harp, in which unexpected relations are relentlessly investigated.

In this piece a harp is used as an extension of the human body. Wherever the manipulations take it, the instrument's functional identity is concealed in favour of a pure and sculptural quality. Put to the test, the dancer (and harpist) Ayşe Orhon displays virtuoso physical force and control to conquer this strange "territory". In a process of continuous transformation, the two entities seek to enter into symbiosis, with their respective characteristics cross-contaminating to create a beautifully haunting hybrid performance.


CREDITS

Direction, Choreography
Aydin Teker

Choreography, Performance
Ayse Orhon

Musical advice
Evrim Demirel

Costume design
Aysegul Alev

Light design
Thomas Walgrave

Light and TD
Jiv M. Wagner

Production 
Bimeras | iDans (Istanbul - TK)

Co-produced by
Alkantara (Lisbon - PT); Bimeras | iDans (Istanbul - TK); Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere - EE ), Biennale Bonn (Bonn - DE)  Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels - BE), Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam - NL), Festival Culturescapes (Basel - CH) 

within the frame of NEXT STEP with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Management and Distribution
Something Great (Berlin - DE)

Thanks to
Umit Tunak; Alper Maral; CATI (Contemporary Dance Artists Association-Istanbul; Ahmet Inceel; Mehmet Nemutlu and Osman Manav


BIOGRAPHY

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.









































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