Turna/Kranich. Until the feet detach from the ground and the crane soars up to the sky
Together with a group made up of professional as well as non-professional dancers, choreographer Özlem Alkış explores the movement forms of the crane semah. Semah is a dance-like prayer, practiced as the culmination of the community-forming Cem ceremony in Alevism. During a research process of many months that has been part of a Residency in Reality at tanzhaus nrw since early summer of this year, the research group has been dedicated to the physical and musical encounters in this ritual of the publicly marginalized Alevi community. Özlem Alkış and her collaborators share multi-layered approaches to the cultural phenomenon of the crane semah as the outcome in Turna/Kranich. During this process, the tanzhaus nrw foyer will be transformed into a space of remembrance that unfolds as an experimental format between performance and talk on 2 October. The group will open their communal work process over the course of several workshops and talks, designed as accompanying measures, on 3 October. They are going to convey movement and musical forms of the Alevi diaspora in short lectures, in talks and practiced formats. Özlem Alkış was born to an Alevi family in Istanbul in Turkey. She lives and works in Cologne, and she shares a continuous working relationship with tanzhaus nrw. She already presented some of her works at the house, among them Camouflage (2016) and Reverbs (2018).
Duration: 120 min. / in Turkish, English and German
Attention: Use of loud music
|13:00 – 14:30||Workshop zur Bewegungsrecherche Turna/Kranich
with Christoph Speit
|13:00 – 14:30||Workshop somatic partices / Heart-Spaces
with Jan Burkhardt
|15:15 – 16:45||Workshop zur Bewegungsrecherche Turna/Kranich
with Elsa Artmann
|15:15 – 16:45||Workshop somatic practices / Heart-Spaces
with Jan Burkhardt
|13:00 – 15:00||Lecture + Talk I
Alevitische Philosophie(n) und religiöse Praktiken with Yılmaz Kahraman
|15:30 – 17:00||Talk II
Die Deyiş-Gesänge des Alevit*innentums / Wege der Erkenntnis und die Einheit der Existenz with Ali Rıza Orman, musical accompaniment von Onur Kocamaz
Artistic director: Özlem Alkış, in collaboration with: Alime Tombak, Beyza Gider, Christoph Speit, Demetris Vasilakis, Elsa Artmann, Lena Peters, Leyla Wessling, Moritz Wesp, Oda Ritter, Özge Kızaran, Sonia Pereira Alves, Sotiria Loucopoulos; Dramaturgic accompaniment: Valerie Wehrens; Project manager: Jasmin Dorner. With thanks to: Ulaş Özdemir, Jan Burkhardt, Cornelia Budd, Ali Eren, Jennifer Döring, Berna Kurt, Sevi Bayraktar, Der Bund der Alevitischen Jugendlichen in Deutschland (BDAJ) and Alevitischen Gemeinde Deutschland e.V. (AABF).
A production of Özlem Alkış, funded by Fonds Soziokultur im Rahmen des Programms der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) „NEUSTART KULTUR“, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln and tanzhaus nrw as part of „Residenz im Realen“. The guest performance takes place as part of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and with friendly support of Alte Feuerwache Köln.