September 27, 2002
ATA-DC, in collaboration with ATAA, proudly announces ...
Silicon Dance Project
MODERN DANCE OF TURKEY CAME TO AMERICA!
A Cross-cultural Fusion of Artistic Thought. Modern Dance
Turkey joins the Massachusetts-based Chimaera Physical
Theater for the premiere American tour of THE SILICON
SEPTEMBER 29 - WASHINGTON DC (FREE: Incomplete Show)
Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1 - WASHINGTON DC (Complete Show)
H Street Playhouse 8pm
Tickets are $20 - Please call 1 800 494 8497
For further information regarding ATA-DC events, please visit our
web site at: http://www.atadc.org .
THE SILICON DANCE PROJECT is a collaboration between Turkey's State
Opera Modern Dance Company - the only state supported
modern dance company in the Islamic world - and Chimaera
This tour marks Modern Dance Turkey's premiere in the Northeast
United States! Known and highly acclaimed throughout Europe, the Middle
East, North Africa, and the former Soviet Republic, MODERN DANCE TURKEY
FINALLY COMES TO THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES!
September 11 left one of it's the gravest marks in the Turkish
hearts in Turkey. The hearts of the state ballet performers in Turkey were
no exception. A group of them immediately went to the American Embassy,
visited the American Ambassador Robert Pearson and offered their
deep sympathies. Not but two weeks later, the ambassador returned the
gesture with a visit of his own. During the visit, it was decided that
closer cultural ties between the two old allies was a must. Having hosted
the Chimaera Dance Theater dancers from Massachusetts only the year
before, The Devlet Balesi dancers set out to prepare tour of US in 2002.
When it was brought to our attention that additional funds would
be needed for realization of this project, with great pleasure, first ATAA
(Assembly of Turkish American Associations) in Washington, DC, then ATA-DC
came through with additional sponsorships.
This project is also made possible in part by the support from,
Eileen Fisher Sores, The US Embassy/Turkey, the Northampton Arts Council
as administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ankara
State Opera and Ballet, and the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College in Hartford,
MORE ON SILICON DANCE PROJECT
These nine dancer/choreographers have joined together to present
their brightly physical, emotionally potent new work. This project marks
a leap in the developing modern dance field in Turkey, as it is the first
time for the Turkish State modern dance company to join a foreign company
for an international artistic collaboration and touring project.
For their premiere tour, the Silicon Dance Project will perform
ROOM. The pieces all tether to the metaphors of rooms we live in, rooms
that define us, the room we have in our hearts, the room inside the womb, the
room in life to live and love fully. The choreography creates rooms that
are cold, painful, difficult to enter - and rooms that are warm, inviting,
and ultimately inspire us to become our highest selves.
On the evening will be four works. Rooms, created jointly by Alpaslan
Karaduman (Turkey), Burge Ozturk (Turkey) and Mollye Maxner (America),
is a brashly physical piece delving into how we shape our rooms and
how are rooms shape us. Heart Please Don't Attack Me is a solo choreographed
and performed by Kelly Parsley (America). It is a story about a man
mastering his addictions. The Dark Room by Mollye Maxner and Mikal Evans
(America) tells the story of the astounding power of forgiveness. The evening
closes with Chimaera Physical Theater's internationally acclaimed The
Living Room, choreographed by Mollye Maxner and Kelly Parsley. This piece
is a detailed and passionate story about two people striving to achieve
their dreams. Told through a dynamic, and emotionally charged physical
language, The Living Room takes you through the lives of these two charismatic
characters, compressing and expanding time, and stabbing to the
heart of its central question: do you dare to deeply love another person?
Collectively CHIMAERA PHYSICAL THEATER and MODERN DANCE TURKEY
have performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, North
Africa, Taiwan, Korea, and the Former Soviet Republic.
Their three-week premiere American tour includes St. Mark's
Church (New York City) as part of the DANCE: Access
series, Theater Alliance (Washington DC), Kennedy Center's Millenium
Stage (Washington DC), Austin Arts Center (Trinity College, CT), Northampton
Center for the Arts, and Martha's Vineyard.
DON'T MISS THIS CHANCE!!!!!!
COME SEE THESE AMAZING DANCERS FROM TURKEY!!!!!!!.
Special Thanks to Ugur Akinci and Ercument Kiliç