ISTANBUL, TURKEY: World Premiere of "Re-lic / after Re-RAu" by Korhan Basaran
Akbank Art of Istanbul announces the premiere of a new contemporary dance piece Re-lic by Turkish Choreographer Korhan Basaran and the Syrian Composer / Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh on December 16-23, 2016 at 8:30pm at its theater at Istiklal street , No:8 Istanbul, Turkey.
2016 has been a year of grief, anxiety and deep sadness. In Turkey and around the world, many refugee children face another year of hungry stomachs and lives without parents or homes. Even though it’s not always easy, human beings must find a way of sharing hope and finding light. Artists must reflect the voices of the unheard. Azmeh and Basaran have previously collaborated on "the flight of Ibis" a project produced by Alan Roland.
This collaboration between two middle eastern artists is in response to the over 2.7 million Syrian refugees that have passed through Turkey this year. Re-lic asks audiences to examine what we find most important in our lives, what we truly care about and how can we pay better attention to the world surrounding us.
Re-lic will tour to New York in the 2017-2018 Season as a larger production integrating dancers and collaborators from multiple New York dance companies with the Turkish and Syrian artists. On August 14- 16th, 2014, Basaran premiered a work in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Unsettled,” a collaboration with David Dorfman as a part of Dance Motion USA. That project brought together Turkish, Armenian and American dancers and musicians in hopes of reconciliation between the people surrounding the 1915 events. The critical success and artistic integrity of that cross-cultural collaboration provides the inspiration for the development of this new project Re-lic.
As one of the few venues for contemporary dance in Istanbul, Atbank Art is dedicated to supporting the creation of new work by Turkish Artists. In the current political climate, these artists play an increasingly important role in speaking out against injustice and violence and advocating for critical thought in the face of extremism. As the refugee crisis spreads further humanitarian need and resulting nationalist rhetoric in Europe and the United States, these voices from those most deeply affected in the middle east become internationally relevant. Re-lic aims to be a platform for Turkish, Syrian and American artists to come together to explore some of the darkest issues of our time while advocating for us to all come together to find deeper compassion and expansive hope.
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