Taldans’ collaborative new work appears as a puncture in time, carving affirmations as well as disjunctions within a series of reversible threads woven into image and vision, sound and voice, function and operation. It invites a playful anticipation of where it will leak towards through the silent yet potent cracks, fissures, and defects forged within a seemingly seamless system.

Is this an antique clockwork that needs constant winding? Is this a low-tech game from the Atari generation? What kind of a unity is trying to be formed by the coming together of such unusual singularities?

Dokuman redefines instrument and instrumentality in its modular landscape where functions create forms and transitory environments.

Participating artists:
Interpretation & Artistic Collaboration: Kerem Gelebek, Loup Abramovici, Cevdet Erek, Erki de Vries, Filiz Sızanlı, Mustafa Kaplan
Sound & Music:  Cevdet Erek
Scenography:  Erki de Vries
Dramaturgy:  Gurur Ertem
Light Design:  Erki de Vries & Yüksel Aymaz

Premiere: February 2009 at De Singel (BE)

Further Touring:

Jan’2010 / CND, Paris, France
Dec’2009 / Cartonnerie / La Friche La Belle de Mai, DanseM, Marseille, France
July’2009 / Studio Bagouet, Festival Montpellier Danse, Montpellier, France
May’2009 / garajistanbul, iDANS Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
Apr’2009 / Haffenhale, Linz 09 European Capital of Culture, Linz, Austria
Feb’2009 / Bozar, 0090 Kunstenfestival, Brussels, Belgium
Feb’2009 / Rotterdamse Schouwburg, 0090 Kunstenfestival, Rotterdam, Holland
Feb’2009 / De Singel, 0090 Kunstenfestival, Antwerp, Belgium

Short CVs:

Mustafa KAPLAN (1965, Konya) started taking dance classes from Geyvan McMillan in Istanbul, where he had moved to study Electronics Engineering at Yıldız Technical University. Although he graduated, he never worked as an engineer. After dancing in the Modern Ballet Company between 1989-1992, he worked at the City Theater of Istanbul as a choreographer and dancer for about ten years. He is the co-founder of dance and performance companies such as Yeşil Üzümler, Dans Fabrikası, Taldans Company, and Çatı Association.

Filiz SIZANLI (1975, Eskisehir) graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture in 1997. She participated in various projects of Theater Research Laboratory of Istanbul Municipality Theater from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 she was among the co-founders of Çatı Association in a collective artist group. She worked on projects with Mathilde Monnier, Emmanuelle Hyunh, Yann Marussich and Mustafa Kaplan. In 2003 she found Taldans together with Mustafa Kaplan. Her choreographies in Taldans include “Üç Ayak” (2001), “Sek sek” (2003), “Graf” (2007), “Dokuman” (2009) and Eskiyeni (2011). Her solo pieces are “Solum” (2005) and “Site” (2010). 


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