PerformLab is an international, interdisciplinary programme for concept and practice development in performance, designed by Kundura Stage in collaboration with Ayşe Draz and Pelin Başaran. PerformLab aims to provide new perspectives to artists from a wide range of disciplines with an interest in performance and interdisciplinary work. The first workshop of PerformLab is organized in partnership with Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam; a research and development institution for young artists from the Netherlands, with the support of Dutch Performing Arts. The workshop aims to bring together artists from Turkey and the Netherlands to plant the first seeds of possible collaborations and lay foundations for sustainable artistic dialogue between the two countries.
Cherish Menzo, Benjamin Kahn, Khadija El Kharraz Alami, Samara Hersch from the Netherlands and 9 artists from Turkey, selected via an open call* attended the first edition of 7-day workshop held in İstanbul at Beykoz Kundura between the dates of 29 May – 6 June 2021. Artists came together to share their artistic practices and research processes. They also supported each other in developing their methods and ideas.
For a week, the participants interacted with the unique working methods of the visiting artists from the Netherlands in the field of performance and interpreted their artistic processes through the concept of fermentation by making their own pickles in the workshop accompanied by the artist İlyas Odman from Turkey as an Art Fermentor.
*The open call is open to artists based in Turkey who are interested in and have experience of working with performance.
Artistic Direction / Project Design:
Ayşe Draz, S.Buse Yıldırım, Melih Gençboyacı, Pelin Başaran
Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, Kundura Stage
Dutch Performing Arts, Beykoz Kundura
Application Deadline: 5 March 2021
Announcement of results: 22 March 2021
Workshop: 29 May – 6 June 2021
Artists Selected to Attend the workshop
Barış Arman, Halil İbrahim Aygün, Selen Gürmen, Nursev Irmak, Onur Karaoğlu, Dilan Onay, Doğan Can Serinkaya, Nadir Sönmez and Filiz İzem Yaşın.
Who can apply?
- The workshop will be held in English so participants must have a good level of understanding and speaking English.
- Artists with experience or interest in performance who are based in Turkey.
- Artists from a wide range of disciplines (theatre, dance, visual-audio, plastic arts, technology, design, body and movement based practices), with an interest in interdisciplinary work.
- Applicants must be older than 25 years as of 01.01.2021.
- Individuals, groups and collectives can apply to PerformLab.
- Application deadline: 5st of March
- Announcement of results: 22nd of March
Application time is over!
Pelin Basaran / Performing Arts Curator and Producer
She is currently working as programme manager at Contact, Manchester. She was part of the founding team and senior producer at garajistanbul contemporary performing arts venue in Istanbul. She founded and worked as director of PARC which supported artistic research, production and the presentation of contemporary performance in Turkey. She also founded and has been working as the researcher and co-director of the project “Siyah Bant-Freedom of Expression in the Arts” in Turkey.
Ayşe Draz / Artist
Continues her artistic practice and research in performance. Completed her BSSP in Theatre, Comparative Literature and International Studies at Northwestern University, and her MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, after spending a year in Bard College, Berlin. Worked with the Studio Players as an instructor, performer and assistant director in many projects. Collaborated as a dramaturg with Ayşe Orhon (Hava/2010) and Gizem Bilgen (Hiatus/2014), and as a performer and an assistant director with Semih Fırıncıoğlu. (TWO/2017) Designed and conducted the Dramaturgy Lab 1.0 (Aksanat/2017) in Istanbul in collaboration with Anne-Marije Van Den Bersselaar from the Netherlands. Conceived and directed the performative installation “Once I set foot outside” (2018) and “panorama radio” (2019) in collaboration with the German artist Marlin de Haan. Since 2006 she has been collaborating with :mentalKLINIK in different phases of their works (research, production, etc.) In 2018 she co-founded the theatre company Theatre Hemhâl with Hakan Emre Ünal and Nezaket Erden, She is a member of TEB (Turkish Theatre Critic’s Association) and the performing arts editor of Art Unlimited magazine.
Melih Gencboyaci/ Artist, Curator, and Hatha Yoga teacher
Melih Gencboyaci is an artist, curator, and Hatha Yoga teacher. He studied acting at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. Later, he studied at the Mime department of Academy of Dance and Theatre in the Netherlands receiving a special scholarship. After his graduation he founded two collectives: Schwalbe and Copycats. In 2017 he took a break from working in performing arts and became a Hatha Yoga teacher. Later on, he finished his master’s degree at Das Theatre’s Extended Curation program. His curatorial research is focused on creating alternative realities to challenge the existing political structures by creating new rituals. In relation to this he established ‘the Embassy series.’ He worked as an Art Adviser to the Performing Arts Fund NL and Lahey Municipality Cultural projects. While continuing his own curatorial practice, since the last two years he has been working as the Artistic Developer for Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam that is the research and development branch of Theater Rotterdam supporting young artists.
S.Buse Yildirim / Managing Artistic Director – Filmmaker based in Istanbul
As she has always been interested in fine art practise, creative industry and different cultures, she has firstly got her foundation degree in art and design in Brighton, UK. While getting more involved in contemporary art practice, she delved more into the theory of art and pursued BA degree in History of Art at Goldsmiths University of London. After she worked in various exhibition projects, her interest profoundly in film and video practice encouraged her to pursue a second degree in documentary filmmaking at ESEC, Paris. She has been playing an essential role during the construction of artistic and cultural identity of Beykoz Kundura that she is dreaming about since 2011. Today she is in charge of artistic & cultural management of Kundura Stage and Cinema in Beykoz Kundura. Impressed by the rich history of the factory, she also initiated the oral history and visual archive project Kundura Hafıza, which is turning into an upcoming documentation/memory centre today. In the meantime, Buse is creating her own audio-visual projects and helping other artists produce works under Lita, a house of production that she founded. As she has recently done MA degree on Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität in Berlin, she is shaping her art practice more on ethnographic methods.