Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı, close collaborators since 1997, revisit, re-enact and re-interpret the history of their work. Their repertory and accumulated experiences of working together provide the reference point of this new work.

Not “on” or “about” memory but by using memory as a tool of new exploration, a mean that allows to revisit a past, a subjective as well as a collective history. Rather than using the traditional chronology and canonic History, rather than accepting passively its authority in defining past and present as well as their correlation, interactions, even their production of future, Taldans decides to “act” the past. To take it as a living material on what one can work, explore and explore again by trusting the emotional more than the rational path as well as by following the sensitive crossing of temporalities that “makes” memory.

Thus, the “before” is reincorporating in the now and create on stage presences complex and dense: “temporal presences” that all of us, performers as well as spectators, are.

For each and for all, today is always a “new yesterday”: ESKIYENI

Concept, direction and performance: Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı
Visuals and text: Aslı Çavuşoğlu
Light: Jan Maertens
Scenograpy: Meryem Bayram
Dramaturgy: Camille Louis
Costume: Ersöz Ata
Production: Taldans
Co-production: iDANS Festival (Istanbul), 0090 Festival (Antwerpen)
Project management: Yelin Bilgin
Support: Dansstationen (Malmö), The International Dance Programme of Konstnärsnämnden (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee) 
Special thanks: Kerem Kurdoğlu, Emre Olcay, Sarp Yılmaz, Tod Ashley, Gurur Ertem

Premiere: October 1, 2011 at iDANS Festival 2011 Istanbul

Further Touring
December 2, 2011 at Monty, Antwerp (BE) during 0090 Kunsten Festival

Mustafa Kaplan studied Electronics and Telecommunication in Yıldız Technical University. During his studies, he started taking dance classes from Geyvan McMillan. As he made his first choreography during those years, he graduated from the university, although he never worked as an engineer. He danced with the Modern Ballet Company between 1989 and 1992. He started working for the Istanbul City Municipality Theatre in 1990 and worked at the theatre as a choreographer and dancer for 10 years. He is one of the founders of “Yeşil Üzümler Company”, “Dance Factory”, “TALDANS Company” and “ÇATI Dance Studio”. Apart from his own choreographies, he danced in Aydin Teker’s and Yann Marussich’s pieces. Among his earlier works: Rüzgar Gülü (2001), Dolap (2000), Uyumlama (2000), Üç Şey (1997), Bamm! (1995), 1.20 dk (1992). Mustafa Kaplan created with Filiz Sızanlı pieces such as Dokuman (2009), Graf (2006), Solum (2004), Sek Sek (2003).

Filiz Sızanlı graduated from Istanbul Technical University's Department of Architecture in 1997. She participated in various projects of Theatre Research Laboratory of Istanbul Municipality Theater from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 she became one of the founders of Çatı Dance Association, an artists’ collective. Between 2001-2005, she took part in several performances of Mathilde Monnier and Emmanuelle Huynh. In 2002 she founded Taldans with Mustafa Kaplan. Her choreographies in Taldans are Üç Ayak (2001), Sek Sek (2003), Graf (2007), Dokuman (2009) and her solo pieces Solum (2005) and Site (2010).

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