-- U.S. Debut for Prominent Members of Istanbul’s Arts Community --
FLUSHING, NY, January 27, 2012 – Three influential dance artists from Istanbul –the duet company Taldans and soloist Ayşe Orhon – will present INFLUX: Turkish Contemporary Dance at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 8:00 pm. This event, held in the Goldstein Theatre in conjunction with the college’s Year of Turkey, is the U.S. debut for all three artists, who are visiting the campus for a week. Their free concert will conclude with a question-and-answer period moderated by scholar and curator Gurur Ertem, Artistic Director of programming for iDANS, the International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival in Istanbul.
Two of the most outstanding and innovative choreographers to have emerged from Turkey, Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli formed Taldans in 2003. Their work, which is simultaneously minimalistic and spectacular, has an intense and risky physicality that often pushes them to the limits of exhaustion. (The Turkish Daily News has described their duets as “starkly poetic and benignly brutal.”) Taldans will perform Sek Sek – loosely translated as hopscotch – an exploration of opposing forces and equilibrium. In this piece, the dancers’ bodies become measuring units as well as surfaces to be walked and acted upon.
An emerging contemporary choreographer, Orhon was born in Boston and is now based in Istanbul. In 2007, she was featured in 8:tension at Impuls Tanz in Vienna, Austria, which highlights significant, up-and-coming choreographers from around the world. Orhon will perform Çok, a meditation on the question, “How many bodies can a body embody?” The piece integrates the personal reflections of dancers, choreographers, and visual artists from Istanbul as Orhon physicalizes their voices, gestures, and attitudes. Orhon’s work is unexpected. Says one Turkish critic: “Ayşe Orhon has a body of multiple capacities. Instead of fascinating us with her physical strength and beauty, she prefers to delve into the most awkward moments of movement.”
During their residency, all three dancer-choreographers will work with Queens College students. In addition to moderating the post-performance Q-and-A session, Ertem will present “Beyond Belonging: Contemporary Dance in Istanbul,” a Year of Turkey lecture at Campbell Dome on Wednesday, February 22, at 12:15 pm.
For more information about INFLUX, call the Kupferberg Center Box Office at 718-793-8080 or visit the Kupferberg Center at www.KupferbergCenter.org.
The Goldstein Theater and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts is located on the Queens College campus at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367.
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About Kupferberg Center for the Arts:
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts is funded by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Council for Cultural Affairs - Taiwan, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Music for Youth Fund of UJA Federation, the Max and Selma Kupferberg Family Foundation, New York Community Bank, The Kupferberg Foundation, The Natalie Bailey & Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Turkish Airlines and Taipei Cultural Center of TEDCO in New York. Additional funding is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Public funds are also provided by the Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall and New York City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Julissa Ferreras, Jim Gennaro, Daniel Halloran, and Peter Koo.
About The Year of Turkey (YOT)
As part of the premier public university in the most diverse county in America, Queens College has a commitment to global education and each year offers cultural and academic programming that focuses on a different nation. For the 2011/2012 academic year, the focus is on Turkey, a country with a rich and diverse history, people, and environment. The YOT explores many facets of Turkey’s past, present, and future: its politics, society, economy, ethnicity, art, literature, music, and film. As a critical part of our programming, we engage local ethnic communities with historic ties to this region, and include their perspectives. We will also feature the innovative work being done by Queens College students and faculty in Turkey: archaeological excavation, seismological research, studies of the region’s literature, and analysis of politics and religion.