What Dreams May Come (Preview Performance)

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Event Description

This new evening length multi media solo dance explores the intersection and connection between the personal and the public and between how we perceive ourselves versus how we are perceived. The piece is set to music of Turkish composers, Ahmet Saygun and Kamran Ince and video installation by Enki. In this new solo, Nejla Yatkin is experimenting with incorporating real-time and prerecorded video, projection body mapping and an interactive sound installation that will respond to the body on stage and to the audience to create a narrative exploring the spaces between oppression, freedom, identity and anonymity through movement, stillness, light and darkness. Similar to Nejla's choreography, which shows mastery of Western Contemporary practices while incorporating traditional Turkish dance elements, Saygun's and Ince's works show a mastery of Western musical practice, while also incorporating traditional Turkish musical elements.

The solo will be further developed in a residency at the Baryshnikov Art Center through the generous support of the Princess Grace Works in Process Award in January 2015.

“Ms. Yatkin is a magician, telling tales and creating worlds with understated images. She is behind more than choreography” – The New York Times

The creation of What Dreams May Come was made possible in part by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation (www.tcf.org)

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


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