Kundura Sahne, the interdisciplinary performance space of Beykoz Kundura, hosting the unique dance project “REVERT” on October 1; the premiere had been postponed due to the pandemic.

The site-specific performance has been produced created  for Kundura Sahne by the dancer, choreographer and academic Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna;  the artist focuses on the primitive nature of the human body, their intelligence, and  atemporality with this interdisciplinary dance performance.

Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna  approached the body as a tool of conveying time, carrying and communicating; through the body, she focuses on the journey, the searching and the narrow bridge between the real and the surreal. “REVERT: Time Overrun” emerges from a dream that the artist had, means “getting rid of additions and returning to the initial structure, the primitive, the root”, where the word “revert” was the departure point and the performance is created during the pandemic through an integrated approach.

The performance conveys a knowledge, experience, and motivation of the whole within the layers of consciousness to the moment of now through the body, which stands between the past and the future, creating a new language of movement and an attitude on the journey towards the unknown.

Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna is accompanied by Metin Kalaç on sound design and Utku Kara undertakes the light design in the production along with the performing of contemporary dancers Aybike İpekçi, Diren Ezgi Yıldızkan, Ekin Ançel, Ezgi Yaren Karademir, Furkan Yılmaz, Gizem Seçkin, Hilal Sibel Pekel, Umut Özdaloğlu, Yoseob Kim.

Concept, choreography, videography: Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna | Production: Kundura Sahne
Sound Design: Metin Kalaç, with Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna
Light Design: Utku Kara, with Tuğçe Ulugün Tuna
Dancers: Aybike İpekçi, Diren Ezgi Yıldızkan, Ekin Ançel, Ezgi Yaren Karademir, Furkan Yılmaz, Gizem Seçkin, Hilal Sibel Pekel, Umut Özdaloğlu, Yoseob Kim

Tuna, a choreographer, contemporary dance and performance artist with numerous prizes, works as an educator in the fields of contemporary movement techniques and contemporary dance education as well as body-based therapy. She relates the communication with existence through the body, movement, and effort. She began dancing at the ADOB Children’s Ballet in 1983 and she graduated ranking first in her class from the MSGSÜ Stage Arts Department in 1996. Since 1993, she has participated in international festivals, organizations and academies with interdisciplinary dance and performance art works that she has choreographed; she also teachers contemporary dance and movement techniques and movement therapy. The artist shifted to the science of the body and psychosomatic works in 1993 and she has been researching the therapeutic impact of dance and movement, kinaesthetic intelligence and awareness on national and international platforms, working and applying her knowledge across different age and social groups. Professor Tuğçe Tuna continues her somatic work in “Dance and Interior Consciousness Retreat”, “Action Strategy”, “Dance and Movement Therapy” and is the head of the MSGSÜ Contemporary Dance Department. The artist was born in Belgium and continues to live and work in Istanbul.

One of the most important sites of industrial heritage in Turkey with a history extending back to the beginning of the 19th century, Beykoz Kundura has been transformed into a popular center of arts and culture since 2018. As part of Beykoz Kundura, Kundura Sahne focuses on contemporary performing arts to create an innovative and interdisciplinary space.
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