AYDIN TEKER (TR)
project and choreography Aydin Teker
Performer Gizem Aksu
Hallo! is a performance about not hearing and not being heard.
Aydın Teker has created it in the aftermath of “Gezi” (a park in Istanbul, which was to be demolished by the government, upon which an unorganized protest wave took over for a period of time starting May 28th 2013) as a political statement reflecting on protests and how they were perceived by various factions, when she realized that people were talking but not really listening.
Hallo! puts the audience in the center along with the performer Gizem Aksu. In the second part of the performance where the audience has the chance to voice their feelings and thoughts people reveal how they relate to the piece and how it relates to their lives. One can observe the audience and how the feeling of “not being heard” affects them as the performance progresses. Every performance creates a one time, never to be repeated piece changing with the audience.
Aydin Teker is a Turkish choreographer and dance instructor. She graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1973 and joined Ankara State Opera and Ballet as a dancer. In 1976, she got a scholarship and first went to London and then to the USA. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1982 she came back to Turkey and started working as modern dance instructor and choreographer at Mimar Sinan University, where she received her Diploma of Adequacy (equivalent of doctorate degree) in 1993 and the title of professor in 2001. In 1993, she received a Fulbright research scholarship and went to New York again for a year to explore new developments on somatic theories. Her choreographies and site-specific works have been shown in many countries. Aydin Teker celebrates her 35th anniversary in choreography with “Hallo!” that is dedicated to her daughter Çağrı Teker.