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Feraye (Contemporary Dance) 

As one of the oldest male dances of the Aegean coast, the Feraye dance offers a brand-new approach with the commentary of three female dancers of Dans Buluşma-İstanbul (Dance Gathering-Istanbul). 

Originally Feraye is a requiem cried out against the honor killing tradition and is performed by the male in Aegean coast. It is an ironic expression of a reaction directed against a male-dominant world and honor killings. The dance will be performed by three female dancers in context of a festival.  

CHOREOGRAPH: Aytül Hasaltun. She was graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Turkish Music and State Conservatory Turkish Folk Dances; in 1992 Aytül met Christine Brodbeck and Mustafa Kaplan, thanks to whom she stepped into contemporary dance world; Aytül has been carrying on her contemporary dance works and studies in Dans Buluşma-İstanbul which she founded in the August of 2002.  

Workshops 

Dance and Photography Workshop 

“Dance is motion, motion is everything. All that exists is in a motion.”

Out in the nature, the human being doesn’t carry on a life particularly of its own; on the contrary, his/her life also includes the social and cultural impacts of the given age, a life that offers these impacts among its productions. The development of mutually interacting events and distinct ways of life altogether bring about a continually changing world, and therefore a continual creativity.  

We will be handling contact and improvised dance works. The workshop will focus on the interaction among the bodies and group works, and as the final activity, it will, together with all the participants, perform a studio show in Dans Buluşma-İstanbul on 21st October 15.00 pm. We will also be together in context of Tunnel Festival, in order to coexist and search for the relationship of the body with body, relationship of body with gravity and the fiction. The workshop has also been  designed for the photographers of all kinds. Recognizing the significance of inter-disciplinary works, DANS BULUŞMA is in search of the photography of the motion by combining the dance and the photography. We encourage those photographers who wish to take the photos of the dance, who wish to eternalize the motion and then multiply it as much as they desire, to participate our workshop. The works of the photographers shall be exhibited on a street exhibition during the festival.  

About Dans Buluşma İstanbul 

Dans Buluşma İstanbul has set out to be a common meeting point for all those who augment the life on their toe tips.  

Having started a wide range movement, Dans Buluşma İstanbul carries out extensive dance classes, workshops and projects focusing on the Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dance Theatre as well as workshop shows, seminars and cine-vision projections. Dans Buluşma İstanbul is in search of the rationale of being a body that “flows from the World to İstanbul” and that “opens to the world from İstanbul.”  

In its discovery to search for the relationship of a body with body, with story and with gravity, to challenge the limits of both the real and the imaginary and in the final analysis to produce a philosophy of the body, Dans Buluşma İstanbul looks forward to having the company of every different current and idea.  

Founded in August 2002, Dans Buluşma invites to its studio all those who have “something else” to say for the education and production of the art using the dynamics of İstanbul, one of the unique metropolises of the world.  

İstanbul Gathers for Dance!  

Continuing Dance Classes at Dans Buluşma İstanbul

Academia de Capoeira de Istanbul (Mestre Baixinho)

Tuesdays: 20.00-22.00 pm

Thursdays: 20.00-22.00 pm

Saturdays: 16.00-18.00 pm 

Having started its works on 29th October 2001 in İstanbul, this is the only Angolan group in Turkey that is connected with the Capoeira Angolan Academy in Italy, functioning under the guidence of Mestre Baixinho. 

“What is Capoeira? Dance? Attack? Fight? Defense? Sport? Culture? Art? Folklore? Capoeira is all of these and much more.  

Capoeira is music, poetry, celebration, joking with another, entertainment and above all, it is a popular uprising against all physical, mental, economical, cultural and psychological oppressions.”  

The group is under the supervision of Professor Urso and is open to all those who wish to learn or watch Capoeira Angola. 

Sirtaki (Khasapiko Argos) / By Cemal Atila

Mondays: 19.00 – 29.30 pm 

A Dance originating from the ancient Constantinopolis 

The Sirtaki dance was born from Khasapiko Argos, a dance performed at butcher guilds in ancient Constantinopolis during the Byzance era. Khasapiko Argos was popular till the beginning of 1900, but from then on it fell from the favor and went into a long-lasting silence. By the beginning of the 1950s, when the Greek composers like Theodorakis and Hatzidakis started to comment the traditional Greek music anew, the Khasapiko Argos has once again appeared on the scene, this time quite far away from Constantinopolis, among the Greek diaspora in France and with a new name; Sirtaki. Soon after reincarnating in France, the Sirtaki quickly spread back to Greece and other parts of the world. Although it has quite a number of traditional motives, many art critics consider Sirtaki as a semi-traditional and semi-modern dance.  

Contemporary Dance /  By Aytül Hasaltun

Saturdays: 18.30 pm to 20.00 pm 

“Dance is motion, motion is everything. All that exists is in a motion.”

Out in the nature, the human being doesn’t carry on a life particularly of its own; on the contrary, his/her life also includes the social and cultural impacts of the given age, a life that offers these impacts among its productions. The development of mutually interacting events and distinct ways of life altogether bring about a continually changing world, and therefore a continual creativity.  

Our class will focus on contact and improvised dance in which we will also make use of various modern dance techniques. In order to search for the the relationship of a body with body, of body with gravity and fiction and to coexist together...  

Contemporary Dance / By Stephanie Parent 

Tuesdays: 17.30 pm to 19.00 pm 

Stephanie Parent has studied stage arts and has personally developed herself during her various journeys both in contemporary dance and in the field of theatre. She also participated the classes of post-grado, a dance and artistic expression expert in Corogne University. While in Spain, she performed with Druida Dance Company in Galice and Catalonia (Barcelona) and she worked as a choreographer for the Cofraida Artistica Dance Company.  

She started a collective project, the “ninguem project.” This project, including six musicians, two painters and two dancer-comedians,  has gone on tour for one year. Combining many artistic branches, this professional group has produced one disk and one Balkan stage project. “Projecto ninguem” has been commented on by El Pais, a daily newspaper in Spain, as a “work of significant emphasize, lively and full of inspiring ideas.” In Spain, Stephanie has also worked on contact dance, improvised dance and choreography with Chevy Muraday from Losdedae Dance Company who played an important role in her dance education. She has carried on these works regularly in Spain and Turkey. She has carried out extensive works; with Frances Bravo and Tomeu Gomilla on Butho, with Julio Viera from Diez y Diez (Madrid) Dance Company on body-mind method and with Mita Adriana Beutel (Brasil) on rhythm  and bodial awareness. At the same time she instructed lessons at Santiago Compostella Santart Art And Drama School as a guest teacher.   

She has educated dancers in Middle East Technical University for two years and has carried out three choreographies with them which were performed in various festivals. Her latest work, the “furniture” was staged in Semaver Company in 2003 in İstanbul.  

In her lessons, not only in the technical sense, but also in the creative sense Stephanie adopts a very open-minded approach. Be it personal warm-up (floor or bar work, butho plus physical) or group work (contact, semi-contact), the main objective of her lessons is to enable the participant to discover his/her original choreographical form and aesthetic sense. Certain objects which will spoil or supplement the space will be among the topics of the workshops. At the same time, some other basic expressional objects of the dance, such as the center, breath and energy directed motion, the awareness of self-body and other-body and the reflection of the movement will also be studied . 

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