Aydin Teker Istanbul

harS

Aydin Teker graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1973 and joined Ankara State Opera and Ballet as a dancer. In 1976, she got a scholarship and first went to London and then to the USA. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her choreographies and site-specific works have been shown in many countries. Among these, Density got a special award at the 22th Zurich Theaterspektakel, and her latest creation, aKabi, has been acclaimed in many renowned festivals. Aydin Teker is currently a faculty member of the Modern Dance Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul.

A pioneer of contemporary dance in Turkey who has worked in Istanbul for over twenty-five years, Aydin Teker likes putting bodies into destabilising situations, testing their capacity for dynamic adaptation to the extreme. In harS, a harp is offered as an extension of the human body. Wherever the manipulations take it, the instrument's functional identity is concealed in favour of a pure and sculptural quality. Put to the test, the dancer (and harpist) Ayşe Orhon displays virtuoso physical force and control to conquer this strange "territory". In a process of continuous transformation, the two entities seek to enter into symbiosis, with their respective characteristics cross-contaminating to create a beautifully haunting hybrid image.

NXTSTP Partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere)

www.aydinteker.com

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