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Anat Eisenberg and Mirko Winkel investigate the current trends in upper class home building in Istanbul, which are based on the creation of selfcontained, separate communities with carefully constructed identities.

The artists Anat Eisenberg and Mirko Winkel created site-based works that challenged and redefined the boundaries of both choreography and visual art. With „Life and Strive“, the duo relocated performance from its conventional theatre setting, working instead in Istanbul's exclusive real-estate developments.

The audience was given the opportunity to experience and participate in the desires of Istanbul's wealthy, expressed architecturally as luxurious but alienating 'gated communities' that separate residents physically and socially from the outside world. The lines between performer, spectator, self and persona are blurred in this provocative work, which examines consumption, fulfilment and the modern urban desire to live apart.

Premiere: October 18, 2010 in the frame of iDANS Festival Istanbul. In total, 12 sessions from October 18 – 23, 2010 took place.

"Life and Strive" has been in the competition for the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2010.

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