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GÖKSU KUNAK:
An(a)kara

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GÖKSU KUNAK:
An(a)kara
Performance
In English

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Welcome to a degenerated utopia, a ticket to a society between times – and the losses it entails: AN(A)KARA is a sci-fi TV variety show hosted by Gucci Chunk a.k.a. Göksu Kunak that explores Turkey's late modernity with a particular focus on the city of Ankara, and the bodies of the neoliberal TV hosts that are like monumental statues as they embody nationalist ideologies, serving as instruments of propaganda. AN(A)KARA aims at toppling the statue of the young and athletic NEW MAN and replacing it with shapewear underwear. The performance also explores the shift in a concept of time: from kısmet, the idea that fate predetermines a person's path, to the clocked fast pace of modernity and the friction in between.

In AN(A)KARA memories and confusions of a Muslim child appear as voices and objects speaking from a past of the 1980s and 1990s. While the performance gives an overview of this distinctive era of Turkey, Göksu Kunak simultaneously addresses the clichés and clashes about the East-and-West and the ever-present (self-)censorship.

The performance lasts about 60 minutes and continues with a 20 minute installation. During the installation the audience is free to leave the space. The performance is in English spoken language. Its content is aimed at an adult audience. The stage space is rather bright, almost like a museum. There are some quick but easy light changes. Sounds from the audience are allowed. The audience area has chairs. There is one beanbag which can be reserved by phone or booked through the online ticket store, subject to availability. Drinking is allowed and the audience is invited to take pictures and videos. Accessibility information will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION, COSTUME, SOUND Göksu Kunak DRAMATURGY Isabel Gatzke LIGHT DESIGN Annegret Schalke STAGE DESIGN Julian Weber PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Nara Virgens, Florian Greß SOUND MASTERING Laure M. Hiendl DOCUMENTATION Ethan Folk

A production by Göksu Kunak in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.

GÖKSU KUNAK (Ankara, 1985) is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Göksu’s interest lies in chronopolitics and hybrid texts that deal with the performative lingo(s) of contemporary lifestyles. As a non-native English writer, their texts play with multilingualism and syntax. Influenced by Arabesk culture and late modernities, Göksu imagines new situations out of real encounters that point out the problematics of hetero-patriarchal structures. Orientalism, self-Orientalization (the perception of the 'Eastern', and how the Eastern sees themselves through this construction); camouflage and self-censorship are the topics Göksu researches on. Göksu was nominated for The Dieter-Ruckhaberle-Förderpreis and was one of the winners of Live Works Prize Vol. 8 at Centrale Fies with their piece Cabaret Portrait: Döner Blackout III. With the support of the Berlin Senate and Sophiensaele, they made the piece AN(A)KARA in 2021.

ISABEL GATZKE works as a dramaturg in Berlin and Zurich at the intersections of contemporary dance and performance. Her practice is characterized by a close connection of dramaturgy as research and as a method in artistic processes and is informed by her background in cultural studies and her exploration of language and movement. In this way Isabel has worked with artists including Ana Lessing Menjibar, Judith Förster and Olivia Hyunsin, as well as in the team of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel festival. Acayip Mahlukat is the third collaboration with Göksu Kunak after AN(A)KARA and PETROL.

Combining artistic disciplines, NAGI GIANNI likes to imagine and then create immersive spaces where choreography, set design, costumes and masks are one with the performers who inhabit them. Since his first creations, he has approached the mask as an extension to alter the body and its identity in relation to a given environment, to confront interiority and exteriorisation, the intimate and the public. He questions the relationship to the identification of the self in the digital age, and develops in parallel a oneiric imaginary where the animal, the cyborg, the mythological and the ghostly converge. These figures of the uncanny are for him a means of opening up other relationships to the perception of reality through an approach that questions and displaces what is already known and clearly identifiable.

FLORIAN GREß studied theatre studies, history as well as cultural and media management at the Freie Universität Berlin. As a production manager in the field of dance and performance, he currently works with Göksu Kunak, Enad Marouf, Layton Lachman and Jubal Battisti. He has also worked as a freelancer for Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022, Forecast / Skills e.V. and for several editions of Tanz im August - Internationales Festival Berlin (2018-2021).

Annegret Schalke lives and works as a dancer/choreographer and lighting designer in Berlin. She holds a degree in mathematics and completed her studies in dance, context, choreography at the HZT Berlin in 2013. As a dancer she has worked with Eva Meyer-Keller, Sheena McGrandles, Heiner Goebbels, Rose Beermann, Julian Weber, among others. She also creates lighting designs for dance/performance, for example in collaborations with Enrico Ticconi & Ginevra Panzetti, with Michelle Moura and others. Since 2014 is part of the light/sound/video artist residencies Gangplank with Bruno Pocheron and others. She is co-founder of the choreographers' collective B A G.

LABOUR is the Berlin-based sonic entity led by Farahnaz Hatam and Colin Hacklander. Their practice explores perception and social situations through digital sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, percussion, psychoacoustics, and sound for architectural spaces while fostering a heightened sensory awareness for the listener by promoting active listening, and recognizing that acoustic space approaches one externally, yet remains primarily an internal space. The name LABOUR is inspired in part by an early definition of Marx that gives ontological significance to the realm of work, as articulated by the philosopher Christopher J. Arthurs, defining labour as “the ontologically fundamental productive activity in and through which one becomes what one is.” LABOUR’s efforts are focused in two distinct realms: fine arts and concerts, with an interest in expanded formats. Their long-term collaborators include the artists Evelyn Bencicova, Enes Güç, Zeynep Schilling and Isabel Lewis.

FRZNTE is a DJ, pole performer and cultural producer. In her pole performances, she combines performative, choreographic, and sculptural elements, often referring to the architectural context. Her body wrapping and moving around the pole becomes a kinetic sculpture and gesture of empowerment. Most recently, FRZNTE collaborated with Transmoderna, a digital art and electronic music collective co-founded by DJ Dixon and performed with Peaches at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The director Tilman Hecker invited her to take part in Bethy Trio (Spreehalle Berlin) und Rochambeau Study#1 & #2 (Volksbühne), both glasshouse.berlin productions. FRZNTE also tours with the Icelandic musician Apex Anima. They created a highly energetic audio-visual live show in which they fuse ethereal with physical and static with acrobatic moments.

Tischa Thomas, AKA The Tigress, is originally an U.S. expat from New York City currently living in Berlin Germany since 2019. Formally competing as a world class professional athlete, ranking 3rd in the sport of women bodybuilding, Tischa decided to retire as an athlete and pursue her interest as an artist in the art of bodybuilding. Now, as a creative dance performing artist, Tischa, a 53-year-old mother of three adult children and nine grandchildren, has switched one stage for another and uses her body as an artistic medium to express her message. Her bold performances have continued to challenge, tear down, and destroy all social norms of beauty standards and negative stereotypes of how women should be expected to look, act, and carry themselves in today’s society.
Tischa’s performances, Muscles In Motion and P.O.P. Culture, have inspired both women and men to dare to embrace their true authentic selves, and to be unapologetically proud about it!

Andrés Sanjuan is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. He is part of the Photography Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, NL. His work orbits around portraiture, movement and the intimate. His practice includes personal projects and a growing portfolio of editorial and commercial assignments. The latter enables the former, allowing him to spend more time on the field. At the core of his work lies a fascination for the ephemeral, the intense, the limit pushing, the pleasures and the heartbreaks. Andrés combines his passion for the visual medium with his love for climbing and the outdoors.

  • AN(A)KARA 2_Foto_Ethan Folk_HP
    © Ethan Folk
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    © Ethan Folk
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    © Ethan Folk
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