Participatory Dance: Body Percussion and Traditional Dance with Kurdish Influences
April 30 @ 7:00 pm
Join a participatory workshop on body percussion and traditional dance with Kurdish influences from Eastern Anatolia.
The workshops will be led by Ömer Ongun, a dancer, choreographer and body musician from Istanbul, Turkey. He is a member of Bogazici Performing Arts Ensemble (BGST) and Kardeş Türküler (Songs of Fraternity) dance-music project promoting peace and solidarity through representing the cultural diversity of Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Balkans and Caucasia. BGST consists of amateur and professional artists offering performing arts projects and running education and research activities for over 25 year
Part 1: Reimagining Body as an Instrument (60 min)
Body music or body percussion ignites participants with music they can see, dance they can hear —a dynamic and deeply visceral cross-cultural conversation using only the instrument we all share; our bodies. We start by discovering the very basics of rhythm, then build upon collective movements and sounds of the circle and perform songs and melodies all together as a collective. This workshop is open to everyone with all sorts of abilities and no need for a previous dance or music experience.
Part 2: Mirkut Knob (60 min)
Mirkut is based on the everyday work rituals of the Kurdish villagers from Eastern Anatolia in the fields. Farmers seed, plant, crop and harvest the fields together with rhythmic sounds, vocals and breaths. At the end of the collective work, everybody gathers with a halay. Halay is a circle or a line dance form of many different ethnic groups in and around Eastern Anatolia and Mesopotamia.