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Concept and Coreography: Talin  Büyükkürkciyan

Realisers and Performers: Joanna Nobbe, Defne Erbur Bekdik, Lerna Babikyan, Fırat Kuşcu

Dramaturgy: Murat Dürüm

Light Design: Jiv Michael Wagner

Photography: Thilo Beu


This piece by its specific movement quality creates a special atmosphere. Space widens gradually with the slow light change which keeps on feeding the atmosphere during the whole piece. There is no extra sound. The dancers become something strange, not definable, animal-like but not sure. They can be anything or any living body in which they’ll have different questions to answer and be in different situations to get out of. Being an outsider will be a challenge to be dealt with even when one is upside down.


What would happen if a human being was a being that would walk this way? How would the relationships change or would it change? In this posture how the values and nonvalues of life would embody? The body no matter how it stands if it is a container that keeps the soul inside, in this posture how would life be perceived?


In the early rehearsal processes of this piece, I found this form and was amazed by that. I decided to continue working on this form. The energy and dynamic, the interesting movement style that is seen in an absurd form affected me deeply. To be bled to make big differences by doing minimal work is a chance that can be reached by using these kinds of movement styles. While working on this piece to find movements that are just found by the dancers is teaching us that every moment is unique like every movement that is found for the time being even if they all existed before.


-Talin Büyükkürkciyan

Concept and direction: Talin Büyükkürkciyan
Dramaturgic: Şule Ateş and Zeynep Günsur
Music: Armenian Songs

This performance of dancer and choreographer Talin  Büyükkürkciyan contains different stories that have been told to her and she had made up connected to the situation that she’s living in.

This solo is performed in Echo Echo Dance Theater in London Derry, Artena Art Festival in İtaly, EDDC Theater in Arnhem/Holland, at the French Institute of İstanbul, and at the Festival Monodrama and Mime in Serbia.

The performance takes its name from famous French author Charles Perrault’s fairytale named “Blue Beard” that was published in 1697. The story is about a rich man who has a blue beard and who is very cruel and gives his wife the keys of the castle but tells her not to open one door!

Talin who is usually using a theatrical technique is generally getting fed by fairytales. In her performances, she sometimes uses already written stories or sometimes writes her own stories.



Concept and Choreography:  Talin Büyükkürkciyan 

Dancers : Joanna Nobbe, Defne Erdur  Bekdik, Tülin Özen 

Sounds: Daniel Wever 

Costume Design : Naz Erayda 

How far; up until where can we see? When we cannot see beyond the horizon, or what is around the corner; how can we claim that all we see is limited to what we see or the part we see is true and real? If you were offered a totally absurd world and if you were made to live in this world would you have gotten used to it? If the skin was blue, trees were purple, the soil was green and if skirts were fitted through the bust, not the hips, would you have accepted that? Would you have found it strange, if what is secret now was public and what is openly done now was done secretly? Walking while looking backward without seeing what’s in front of you requires reconsidering that common word called “the way”. We have the power of reshaping by disarranging everything that is familiar and known to us in our body and even turning them inside out. Our aim in this performance is not to draw a perfect picture but to find the perfect balance between what is seen and what draws the viewer’s attention. 

The absurd narrative of everyday things without people thinking.


In our daily life, we unwittingly stop at the same job on the same day. We get up in the morning, brush our teeth, wash our faces, leave the house hastily, answer the calls we need to answer, write the order letters we need to write.


Sometimes we do not even understand what kind of mood the other person presents to us, and we give him the answer we need to give. We do not behave according to people, we do what is appropriate to the procedure as we do when we do. Based on this idea, as the Prospero Dance Group, we chose to create various mechanisms by creating fantasies of movement rather than by painting daily life one-to-one. When we create, they have created as humorous, sometimes serious, repetitive mechanisms, but contrary to everyday life, which is considered absolutely normal. We do the job that you fall into, but we take the work we do very seriously. Whereas there is a freedom to play games, we also chose to play games with this rule.

Performers : Emre Olcay, Fırat Kuşçu, Irmak Altınbulak, Joanna Nobbe, Talin Büyükkürkciyan

Music Design : Emrah Olcay

Issue is the outcome of the collaborative project Lost & Founds by Çatı Dance Artists Association, Sidyphe Heureux, and Tenerifedanzalab, supported by the European Union Culture Program. The show is inspired by the object utilized in order to translate personal mythologies delivered to Çatı into dance language.Issue explores the issue of the acquisition and the use of knowledge. 

Koreografi: Talin Büyükkürkciyan
Yorumlayanlar: Burak Akyol, Talin Büyükkürkciyan, Tülin Özen, Görkem Kasal
Özgün Müzik: Alper Maral

Işık Tasarım: Alev Topal
Görseller: Hüseyin Ovayolu, David Berge
Kostüm Tasarım: Elif Keskinkılıç
Poster Fotoğrafları: Gencer Yurttaş

Afiş Tasarım: Ezgi Sözgötürmez
Ses, Işık Masası ve Görseller: Sema Tüfekçi ve Fuat Mete


Concept & Direction: Talin Büyükkürkciyan

Creative Performers: Lerna Babikyan, Cemil Can Yusufoğlu, Selin Çavuşoğlu, Bahar Sarah, Talin Büyükkürkciyan

Musical Composition: Keops Grubu (Yasemin Çil, Arman Çakılcıyan, Vartkes Keşiş)

Light Design: Alev Topal Kostüm

Costume Design: Deniz Demirci

While telling stories through bodies in her shows, Büyükkürkciyan, who enjoys being in close communication with the audience by using an ironic language, bases her show "Lokum" at the 18th Istanbul Theater Festival on the mood of minorities through women and their inability to perceive the society they live in. All women, regardless of their religion, language and race, experience the trauma of social acceptance and social acceptance with their bodies. As for minority women, like all minority people, they hiss the pressure of being "different" on their traumas in their lives. In addition to the richness of their tables, Armenian women in Turkey add the pain of their tragedies to their meals and swell physically and spiritually. Being in a religious minority is uncanny and open to use for citizens living in nation states, while being in a sexual or professional minority is seen as an abnormal situation by society. This show is about those who try to intuitively understand what the "normal" is from the dangerous situation in which they are in and who never succeed and fail to be normal.

Three characters enter a place they don't know where they are. They feel uncanny and strange, but they exist there.

Will they be able to make that place themselves or will they leave as they found it? Do things make space themselves, or can they not exist without them? Is their home where their belongings are, or is it where their ancestors told them?

Chorepgraphy: Talin Büyükkürkciyan Demirci

Story ı: Canberk Karaçay, Gülce Oral, Talin Büyükkürkciyan Demirci

Performers: Hüseyin Korkma, Gülce Oral, Talin Büyükkürkciyan

Sound Design: Özgür Yılmaz & Kristina Golubkova

The three artists come together in an unreal universe that they previously conceived, based on the fairy tales they created. The performance includes seven abstract tales written by Talin Büyükkürkciyan and Tolga Tüzün on the idea of ​​"what it means to live in this world today". Look You! An improvisation based on choreography where dance, sound and visual arts communicate with each other… The "choreo-improvisation", in which Talin Büyükkürkciyan's knowledge and the visuals and voices of Hazal Döleneken and Tolga Tüzün are assumed, turns into an experience for the audience to question the surreal in reality.

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