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CREDITS

Produced by: Studio 4 Istanbul & Köşe
Directed by: Onur Karaoğlu, Kathryn Hamilton
Designed by: Utku Kara
Video by: Can Eskinazi
Devised and Performed by: Fatih Gençkal

Duration: 45'

World premiere: January 2015, Köşe performance space

Festivals: Sokak İşi Theater Festival, İstanbul March 2015
Don Quijote Spring Festival, April 2015
İstanbul Visibility in Art Festival, April 2015

INFO

Inspired by a video shot during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in June'13, Science-fiction deals with how our imagination works. Is it possible to imagine another world independent of our own? A young man attempts to understand the cosmic ways of the universe as his imagination is jumbled with symbols, ideas and signals. The question of how our collective history follows us in our dreams of the future underpins the whimsical universe of Science-fiction.

Ali and Ramazan

CREDITS

Directed by Onur Karaoğlu
Adaptation by Onur Karaoğlu, İbrahim Halaçoğlu
Performed by Fatih Gençkal*, Nadir Sönmez, Gülen Karaman, İbrahim Halaçoğlu, Metin Göksel
Light Design by Utku Kara
Visual Design by Doruk Çiftçi, Ali Umut Ergin, Öykü Akarca
Music by Recep Gül
Sound Design by Özgür Kuşakoğlu
Video Design by Burak Çevik
Assistant Director: Alper Turan


Produced by Studio 4 Istanbul and Ali Betil with the generous support of the Norwegian Embassy

*Fatih Gençkal is nominated Best Promising Actor at New Theater Magazine Awards, 2014

Duration: 100'

World Premiere: garajistanbul, October 2013

Festivals and Touring:
Baki Koşar Week of Hate Crimes, İzmir, 2014 Kaos GL Anti-Homophobia Week, Ankara, 2014 Diyarbakır Municipal Theater, 2014

INFO

Ali and Ramazan is the stage adaptation of Perihan Mağden’s best-selling novel with the same title. The play creates two other story lines that help the audience see Ali and Ramazan from the world we live in now. While the audience gets to experience Ali and Ramazan’s story firsthand, three other characters are on stage relating to the main plot in their unique ways. Ruzgar, a university student majoring in film, is obsessed with the novel and sets off to make a short documentary on Ali and Ramazan. This process turns out to be one of self-searching for Rüzgar and he eventually comes out to his mother, Çiğdem who has difficulty accepting that herson is gay but enters a new world after losing him. In the meanwhile Akif, a university professor, teaches a literature class where he assigns his students to read Ali and Ramazan among other novels as a part of their curriculum. Akif’s lectures focus on the experience of reading, the act of being queer in Istanbul and metafiction.

PRESS

Tonite I Fall in Love

CREDITS

Written and Directed by Onur Karaoğlu
Produced by: Studio 4 Istanbul
Executive Producer: Fatih Gençkal
Performers: Zinnure Türe, İbrahim Halaçoğlu, Fatih Gençkal
Dramaturgy: Selin Uludoğan
Light Design: Utku Kara
Music Design and Composition: M. Ozan Tekin
Assistant Director: Hicran Demir

World Premiere:garajistanbul, September 2012

INFO

Anıl lives in New York. His long-distance, long-term love is now making his life impossible. So he makes the decision to forget his love by falling in love again only to understand that trying to forget only makes him remember.  The piece constructs a musical-performance format using an original text and special musical choreography. The form investigates performance and daily spaces and their interaction as well as performativity of spectatorship.

PRESS

Zero Istanbul
TRK Türk TV
Radikal newspaper
LeCool İstanbul
Cumhuriyet newspaper

Lovers

CREDITS
Directed by: Onur Karaoğlu
Produced by: Studio 4 Istanbul
Written by: Matthew Wilson
Translated by: Fatih Gençkal

Performed by: Fatih Gençkal, Cemre Ebuzziya, Zinnure Türe, İbrahim Halaçoğlu
Light Design: Utku Kara
Sound Design: Özgür Kuşakoğlu
Space Design: Doruk Çiftçi

World Premiere:
ikincikat, February 2014

INFO

‍‍Lovers takes on a familiar subject: the ordinary daily life of two lovers. As the daily transforms into extraordinary, the performers go on a journey towards a new and free place where everything is possible with this in mind: the real power of love is the power to make the world another place.Based on Matthew Wilson's text, the piece investigates a unique experience for the audience in the form of a party starting at 11pm and ending whenever it needs to.

Atış Serbest

CREDITS

Conceived and Directed by Onur Karaoğlu
Produced by Studio 4 Istanbul
Presented by Garajistanbul
Executive Producer Deniz Buga
Text Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee
Translated by Fatih Gençkal

Dramaturgy by İbrahim Halaçoğlu
Light Design by Mustafa Çiçek
Stage Manager Utku Kara
Performers Fatih Gençkal, Zinnure Türe, Şafak Ersözlü

World Premiere:garajistanbul, August 2010

INFO

A dark comedy inspired by the “familiar”  murder news. A story of a group of youngsters’ lives full of revenge… As one play turns into another, a question remains: which is funnier? Violence itself or violence as a joke?

PRESS

PERSONA Bulamazsınız ki Artık Beni

CREDITS

Choreographer: Tijen Lawton
Dancers: Aslı Bostancı, Canan Yücel Pekiçten, Demet Aksular, Ezgi Künktakan, Fatih Gençkal, Gizem Aksu, İlkay Türkoğlu, Melih Kıraç, Sedef Gökçe, Şafak Ersözlü, Şebnem Yüksel

Produced by MSGSÜ Department of Contemporary Dance

Project Administration: Bedirhan Dehmen
Technical Crew: Deniz Ertaş, Ekin Tunçeli, Ferhat Güneş, Işıl Derya Bıçakçı, Mustafa Karadağ, Ozan Akgün
Photos: Murat Dürüm

World Premiere: MSGSÜ Bomonti Şebnem Selışık Aksan Stage, April 2015

INFO

Where do you leave yourself and how much do you hang on to yourself? What is the point where you lose yourself in you and when do you become someone else? You cannot find me anymore.

“It goes beyond words, it goes beyond movement. Mesela text çok direkt ama hareket... is the opposite. Görüyoruz ama kaçıyor. Onu nasıl yakalamak? How can I do a movement how can I say a word, leave behind something that is not that word, that is not that movement. So, when the audience goes away, what stays with them?”- Tijen Lawton’ la Bir Akşamüstü Randevusundan, Gizem Aksu- MİMESİS

Emperor Jones

CREDITS

Directed by Onur Karaoğlu
Produced by: Columbia University School of the Arts
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Performers Fatih Gençkal, Stacy Davidowitz, Anjili Pal

World Premiere:Shapiro Studio Theater, November 2008

INFO

A new interdisciplinary interpretation of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones (1921).

The Misanthrope

CREDITS

Directed by Anna Brenner
Produced by
PS 122 & Columbia Univ. School of the Arts
Written by Moliere
Translated by Tony Harrison
Performed by Matt Biagini, Fatih Gençkal, Elisa Matula, Michael Guagno, Maylin Murphy, Johanna Weller-Fahy, Mike James, Wil Petre, Ross Cowan, Rachael Richman, and James Rutherford

World Premiere: PS122, undergroundzero festival, 2009

Awards: undergroundzero festival Audience Award

INFO

The Misanthrope is an ensemble-created contemporary explosion of Moliere’s classic social comedy inspired in equal part by Ingmar Bergman, indie rock, and the New York rental market, it explores the nature of desire in our generation.  The world is both familiar and strange – set in present day New York among a group of artists and intellectuals, The Misanthrope looks at how we form and destroy our social communities.  Feelings of love, desire, jealously and insecurity are masked and unmasked throughout the play in comedic and dramatic fashion with music, movement, and verse.

Times 365:24:7

CREDITS

Conceived and Directed by Anna G. Jones
Produced by The Brick Theater & Bone Orchard
Dramaturg Roweena Mackay
Devised and Performed by Fatih Gençkal, Stephanie Bratnik, Gardiner Comfort, Brian Farish, Jason Fleitz, Laura Jensen, Ayesha Ngaujah, Maggie Surovell, Perri Yaniv

World Premiere: The Brick Theater, New York 2009

INFO

This new multi-media performance uses actual interviews and news stories for an in-depth investigation of fact, fiction and our individual and collective perceptions on topics ranging from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the global economic meltdown, to the latest local news story.

PRESS

The New York Times

Do Ku Man

CREDITS

Concept and Choreography: Filiz Sızanlı, Mustafa Kaplan, Taldans
Light Design: Utku Kara
Performers: Burcu Uçatenik, Ekin Tunceli, Jasmin İhraç, Fatih Gençkal, Fırat Kuşçu, Melih Kıraç, Sedef Gökçe, Yazı Ece Köz
Project Coordinator: Fırat Kuşçu

Thanks to 2009 co-Producers Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture, Festival Montpellier Danse 2009 & 0090 Kunsten Festival; 2009 production’s supporters Dans le cadre de la Saison de la Turquie en France, juillet 2009 – mars 2010 « Turquie et merveilles », Productiehuis Rotterdam & De Singel Internationale Kunstcampus, Sinan Kestelli, Sima Can Kaplan, Gizem Bilgen, Aslı Bostancı, Kerem Özel, Ha Za Vu Zu, Çatı Contemporary Dance Artists Association, MSGSÜ Çağdaş Dans ASD for the venue support.

World Premiere: IKSV 22nd Istanbul Theatre Festival, December 2018

INFO

Can the body transform into space and the space transform into sound? Is the  functional always the useful?

In Dokuman Taldans explore the mechanisms of movement, sound, and rhythm of a textile factory in Linz.

In 2009, Filiz Sızanlı, Mustafa Kaplan, Kerem Gelebek and Loup Abromovic did the choreographic research and performed, Cevdet Erek designed and performed the sound, Erki de Vries did the scenography, Yüksel Aymaz designed the light, with Gurur Ertem as the dramaturg.

In 2018, Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı revisit DO KU MAN’s concept and choreography with a fresh interpretation and with a new and larger cast. The tasks of moving sound in space, creating sound blocks, and generating modular structures are now taken over by eight performers.

Fatih Gençkal