Modern Art Oxford, UK
23 November 2013 - 30 January 2014
I performed as part of Eva Kotatkova's three month installation at Modern Art Oxford. Durational 7 hour performance on the installation platform mediating objects, drawing out relations between objects and subjects.
Read here:The Guardian review of Eva Kotatkova's A Storyteller's Inadequacy at MOA
Watch here:Vimeo: Interview with Eva Kotatkova Brian Catling in conversation with Sally Shaw at Modern Art Oxford
Bedirhan Dehmen & Sule Ates
I performed in Tevhid/Oneness a piece about the travel of Şule Ateş, an İstanbul born and raised artist who has Alawi roots, to Erzincan, to her mother’s village Surbahan. With this autobiographical piece she traces her family’s roots, with the attempt to understand the essence of Alawi belief, its cultural practices, music, ritual, dance, prayer to understand what this belief really is. Her journey is to analyze how an artist who is born and raised in a metropolis can relate to her ancestry.
Together with choreographer Bedirhan Dehmen, his company and the acclaimed musician Cem Yildiz, Thevid brings together a contemporary melange of traditional Alevi dance, music, songs, rhythms, texts with modern elements of music and dance. Comprised of life performance of music and dance, the piece shows interviews, old photographs as well as digital animation.
I performed in Degrees of Freedom DoF #4 a work by Rosanna Irvine. The work is one out of a Series and marks a shift in my methodology towards a more conceptual approach to making and towards an intention of greater openness in compositional structures with a consequent increase in uncertainty around outcomes. It is a choreographic research project which engages with notions of freedom and states of responsiveness. It is an evolving score with each new version responding to a new site and new grouping of people.