Originated by Roland Barthes'  phrase "The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author.", the piece traces the enigma that's awakened by the difference between what's said and what's meant.  *(Short Description)

“…We know that to give writing its future, it is necessary to overthrow the myth: The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author…”

(Barthes, Roland. from The death of the author. Image, Music, Text,1977)                         

No matter you write or not, I’m sure that you have experienced the struggle of expressing yourself, written or not. Probably, you have said “Do you know what I mean?” and have made someone say the same; have doubted that what you meant is what you said. You might have avoided saying for the reason that you are not willing to say or you fall short. What you meant might have been distorted, a piece of what said might have been extracted. You might have been misunderstood or have not been understood, you might have misled the meaning. You might have contemplated on what you said or not have thought of it at all.

If you are simultaneously thinking of what you mean while you say “This is not what I mean?”, though if you’re saying it, but if you’re thinking that what’s understood is still not what you actually meant and if you repeatedly say “This is not what I mean”, if herewith you cause dreadful silent moments in which nobody can speak; you may try stop looking after what you say and try to pay attention to “Tissue of quotations drawn from innumerable centers of culture” (Barthes, 1977) as soon as you open your mouth and you may try to keep record of those who speak through your mouth and those that is said.


Participating artists:

Performance: Cemil Can Yusufoğlu (TR)
Mentored by Aylin Kalem (TR)

Premiere: May 21, 2013 at Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi (Istanbul)

Further Touring:

27.07.2013 35th World Congress on Dance Research by CID International Dance Council, Athens, Greece
19.9.2013  Bienal Paralel Etkinliği Sim Cafe İstanbul, Türkiye

Short CVs:


Yasin Doğan(TR)

Yasin Doğan played as a supporting actor at State Theather in Diyarbakır in 2004. Then he studied at Department of Radiology at Istanbul University in 2006. In 2008 he worked as a theatre workshop coordinator in High Security F2 prison in Tekirdağ which was a project of CISST (Civil Society in the Penal System). During the same year he also participated in a play  "Europe starts there, Europe starts here" which was a common project of Image Eugie(France) and SKYGD(Society for Development in Social and Cultural Life). He has played at several theater plays in Lyon, Düsseldorf, Diyarbakır and Istanbul. He's graduated from Management of Performing Arts / Performing Arts at Bilgi University and he works with the thater group"Actors Without Borders".


Text and performance:

Cemil Can Yusufoğlu (TR)

Born in 1989, Istanbul, Turkey, Cemil Can Yusufoglu is an artist working in performance, theater and video. Yusufoğlu completed his B.A. in Management of Performing Arts/Performing Arts at İstanbul Bilgi University in 2013. He studied as a guest student at Duncan Center Conservatory, Prague for a year and studied in Inter-Center University for Dance Berlin/Berlin University of Arts for one semester within Erasmus exchange scholarship. He explores the traces of manipulation and discipline on body on both individual and societal level; sincerity, insanity, accuracy, authenticity and pleasure are the main qualities he intends to cultivate in artistic practice. 



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