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Recording: 2021-11-12 , ada Studio (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Elvan Tekin

to be a fish in a raki bottle

NAH DRAN extended: MISSED PIECES I | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

‘I wish I were a fish in a raki bottle’ (Orhan Veli Kanik)

The last verse of the poem ‘Eskiler Aliyorum (tr. I buy rags)’ by the Turkish poet Orhan Veli reveals itself as a metaphysical quest; feelings of desperation leading to the fantasy of being “a fish in a raki bottle.” The fish symbolises the fragility of existence within its ecosystem which relates to the impotence of the peoples in Turkey in the face of political and economic challenges across the country; the ontological crisis faced by the individual leads to the creation of Utopia, and the frantic attempt to overcome reality through Dionysian feasts and celebrations.

Elvan Tekin (she/her) is a dance artist and translator from Turkey based in Hamburg/Berlin. As a dancer she worked among others with Eyal Dadon (ORPHEUS, Thalia Theater Hamburg), José Vidal (EMERGENZ, Kampnagel Hamburg; EMERGER, NAVE Santiago de Chile) and Edan Gorlicki(LOST BODIES-URBAN ENCOUNTERS, Inter-Actions Heidelberg). In her choreography, she focuses on socio-political dimensions of the individual body as a form of resistance, implementing and experimenting with translation theories as a tool for creation.


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Cast & Credits

Choreography & performance: Elvan Tekin
Sound design: Barry Despenza
Sound sources: “Katschma” by Derya Yildirim & Tellavison
Light design: Robert Prideaux
Artistic collaboration & rehearsal management: Magdalena Lermer

The ada Studio is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Elvan Tekin / Trailers and Video Documentations

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