Taldans (TUR)


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„An old fridge is anything but useless! In a well-structured trio with his partner Filiz Sizanli, Mustafa Kaplan transforms it in a surreal character. The ludicrous and dreamlike humor of an engineer and former architect.

With their overflowing imagination, Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli recycled an old fridge and transformed it in a gym apparatus and a dance partner which is both an enemy and an accomplice. Around this “Dolap”, meaning wardrobe but also plot in Turkish, they’re tricked by some ludicrous and silly situations, like two furniture movers who’d step in the imaginary world of a child. Adults might grasp different metaphors…” (Thomas Hahn)

Dolap is based on the relationship between the body and architecture, the creators were interested in “the body at work”. Starting point of the performance is the simple task of carrying a refrigerator from one place another. During the investigation where the human body encounters with the mass and volume of the machine, the fridge is getting more and more active and determining. And indeed, the piece looks more like a trio than the duet. 

The point of departure was the wish to find a model where the separation between the stages of rehearsal and presentation of the final piece would not just be dilute, but simply inexistent, from the very start. Every rehearsal would be (one of the possible realizations of) the piece. Every presentation is a rehearsal for other possibilities. In this way, Kaplan and Sizanli thought to formulate an answer to the challenge of creating a work that could be in tune with every place and time of its presentation. As a result, this work doesn’t have a fixed form or a pre-established ending. 

Taldans was established in Istanbul by Mustafa KAPLAN and Filiz SIZANLI in 2003. Kaplan and Sızanlı created many independent and collaborative projects including but not limited to Dolap (2000), Sek Sek (2002), Solum (2004), Graf (2006), Dokuman (2009), iP/Site (2011), Eskiyeni (2012), We Need to Move Urgently (2014), Taldans Talks About Taldans (2014), 600 Steps (2015), Victory Over the Sun (2017), Ritual for a Sensitive Geography / in collaboration with Julie Nioche (2018), DO KU MAN / remake (2018).

Taldans was named after the Theater Research Laboratory (TAL) of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theater, which was a movement/dance research unit established by Mustafa Kaplan.

Taldans acts in public, urban areas, art galleries as well as stage performances. Besides the performances, Taldans, coordinates and organizes dance, body and movement based workshops for both amateurs and professionals. Kaplan (engineer) and Sızanlı (architect) are also working in the interdisciplinary and intercultural projects. 

Concept & Direction: Mustafa Kaplan

In collaboration with Ömer Uysal and Filiz Sızanlı

Dance: Filiz Sızanlı, Mustafa Kaplan

Costume: Petra

Thanks to Centre National de la Danse, Paris

Supporter: NKA

Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 5 pm - end of performance + 30 mins, 10 pm max.
  • studio and club performance days: 5 pm - 8:30 pm
  • other days: 5pm - 8 pm, closed on Sunday and Monday.
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • Main Hall performance days: 4-10pm.
  • Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 4pm-7pm. Sunday: 10am-2pm.
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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