16 June 2013 | Sunday 20:00
Kabataş Boat Pier
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Sona Veda (Addio alla Fine) is a site-specific performance project conceived by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten for different port cities of the world. Inspired by Fellini’s film And the Ship Sails On (1983), the project questions the state affairs in life, art and politics. Turkey version of the performance/event is created as an iDANS co-production in collaboration with the interdisciplinary art collective biriken, and the playwright Özen Yula. Actors Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Ayça Damgacı, Fırat Tanış, the journalist Bahar Çuhadar, and the countertenor Nuri Harun Ateş are also part of the creation.
Sona Veda (Addio alla Fine) is a meditation on endings, and on endings as new beginnings. Departing from the idea of bringing the audience --living in a period marked by Maya calendar’s divination on the end of time, scenarios of approaching ecological and political disaster-- together on the Noah’s Ark, the performance takes the passengers on a carnivalesque journey of lights, sounds, dance and words. At the same time, it aims to question the function of culture and the arts in the midst of economic crisis, market conditions, and state politics. Throughout a journey full of surprises, artists involved in the project disclose their own farewells to endings as they explore the place of the arts in contemporary reality.
Choreography: Emio Greco & Pieter C. Scholten | Concept: Pieter C. Scholten | Development in Istanbul and theatre direction: biriken (Melis Tezkan and Okan Urun) | Theatre texts: Özen Yula | Dancers: Dereck Cayla, Vincent Colomes, Quentin Dehaye, Emio Greco, Neda Hadji-Mirzaei, Kelly Hirina, Arnaud Macquet, Suzan Ayşe Tunca | Performers: Nuri Harun Ateş (music), Ayça Damgacı, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Fırat Tanış (actors), Bahar Çuhadar (journalist) | Film: Maite Bermudez | Lighting design: Henk Danner | Sound design: Pieter C. Scholten | Costumes (dancers and Fırat Tanış): Clifford Portier | Technical production: CPM Istanbul | Technical preparation: ICKamsterdam, Paul Beumer | Artistic coordination: Gerco de Vroeg | Coproduction Amsterdam: International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam), Holland Festival 2012 (NL) | Coproduction Istanbul: International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam), BiMERAS|iDANS (Istanbul) with the support of Performing Arts Fund NL, Bureau Promotie Podiumkunsten (NL), Culture Program of the European Commission within the framework of Jardin’Europe network.
Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten | ICKamsterdam
Since 1995 choreographer/dancer Emio Greco and choreographer/director Pieter C. Scholten have worked together in their joint search for new dance forms. For both artists the search for a new dramaturgy of the body is an important motivating factor. The dance company they founded in 1996, Emio Greco | PC, has been awarded numerous national and international prizes including the Philip Morris Arts Prize (1999), Herald Angel Award (2001), the Dioraphte Dance price for strong international potential (2011) and various VSCD Dance Awards. The company has a broad international recognition and is intensively touring abroad. The work is regularly co-produced by major festivals and theatres.
In 2009 Greco and Scholten decided to gather all their activities and they gave rise to the International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam (ICKamsterdam). ICKamsterdam is a platform for contemporary dance and is grounded on three pillars: Productions (the production of dance performances), Guest Artists (the stimulation and support of new, young talents from both an artistic and a business perspective) and Academy (the transfer of knowledge in the dance field in educational and research programs). ICKamsterdam is part of an inspiring national and international dance context. Its partners for the coming years include Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013 (FR), Troubleyn | Jan Fabre (BE), iDANS/Istanbul (TR), Opera Zuid Maastricht (NL), Frascati Amsterdam (NL), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL), and Het Nationale Ballet (NL).
Since January 2013 ICKamsterdam is the city company of Dance of Amsterdam and an important player in the city for the international dance development. ICKamsterdam is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL (FPK) and the municipality of Amsterdam. http://www.ickamsterdam.com/
biriken is an interdisciplinary collective consisting of Melis Tezkan and Okan Urun. They have been creating since 2006 and their works have been presented at venues such as De Internationale Keuze Van De Rotterdamse Schouwburg-Rotterdam, Under the Radar Festival-New York, Heidelberger Stückemarkt-Heidelberg, iDANS Festival, Ankara International Film Festival. www.biriken.com