Dans Denizi- Mare di Danza-Sea of Dance
babelmed - 09/06/2007
Art as Intercultural dialogues
“We have roman youngsters in Istanbul who do hip hop and the roman musicians. I guess the centre of the work will focus on the change/deterioration/fragmentation of identity, culture, country and it seems like our intellectual identity resembles the same destiny. We, as Turks, once upon a time, came from the Middle East, changed our culture, religion and now on the verge of becoming Europeans.” By Nadi Güler
Sea of Dance - Art and Intercultural dialogues in Istanbul is the second stage of a cultural programme -the first part of the project has already taken place in Sardigna in September 2006- co-organised by Carovana S.M.I. (leader project), Meridie (Italy), Eurasia Art Collective (Turkey), Amuni (France), Studio Emad Eddin Foundation (Egypt) and with the support of Bilgi University MAP Department.
Artists from Turkey, Egypt, Italy and France will get together to exchange artistic practices and issues on intercultural cooperation, sharing different perspectives with the audience in Turkey, invited to participate to public debates, meetings and artistic presentations.
This programme, supported by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures, is the result of a long collaboration with artists, researchers and production centres, universities and international networks operating in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The artists and the researchers involved in the programme will have the opportunity to collaborate with the roman community ad some of their artists living in the area of Kuştepe and Sulukule in Istanbul. Moreover, trying to promote intercultural dialogue through art and the observation of migration flux, there will be also a contact with nomadic artists and people looking for homes.
In a cosmopolitan city like Istanbul, there will be an attempt to mix a half – academic - research with the performance, focusing on the cultural values of those people who have been living in a specific district for a long time but always with settling / migrating feelings.
In this case art has a significant influence: it improves the procedure of meetings, of exchanges, of welcoming; it emphasizes the qualities of places, peoples and individuals and harmonizes the differences or canalizes conflicts.
In brief this project is a kind of site research. It’s focused on specific areas rather than cultural studies, it comes closer to roman people in the city and their metamorphosed culture of hip-hop. Through the opportunity to watch the sacred dances of Mewleviya, Alevites and ethnic dances, the project wishes to reach the following goals:
• To address a Turkish and international public, confronting autochthonous and implanted cultures, traditional and contemporary cultures, through the game of dance, music and other arts.
• To organize meetings between different generations, cultures, knowledge and beliefs. (Organizing meetings between young people and adults, between artists, researchers and experts addressing the issues of autonomy and citizenship, for the development of high profile cultural itineraries).
• To elaborate a proposal to improve participation and social cohesion, between who is hosting and who is arriving, with other sensitivities, as hosts invited for this programme from abroad (artists, students, cultural operators), or as participative audience, or as foreigners from home (immigrants in Turkey), or as testimonies of history changing practices, habits and production modes. To investigate, through reciprocal looks and mirror games, the processes of constitution of one’s individual and social identity, here and where one comes from.
• To act in the Mediterranean today includes the capacity to transform conflictual dynamics into creative processes, opening solidarity and sharing spaces. One can not look with indifference and resignation at the legitimation of criminal acts likes wars. (09/06/07)