Archive: Tanztage Berlin 2020
Caner Teker
Dirty Performance
Little/No Language

Relaxed Performance note: There is loud drone music in parts of the piece. 

Caner Teker creates new queer spaces by appropriating techniques of Turkish oil wrestling (Yağlı Güreş). In this traditional martial art, two oiled wrestlers wearing buffalo skin pants try to push their opponent’s shoulders to the ground. The two marginalized performers in Kırkpınar break with these hypermasculine power dynamics and put questions of vulnerability and intimacy first.

CANER TEKER graduated at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in visual arts and currently studies at SNDO – School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam.

DURATION 60 minutes CHOREOGRAPHY Caner Teker PERFORMANCE Caner Teker, Aaron Ratajczyk MUSIC Lou Drago, Valerie Anna Zwoboda DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Isabel Gatzke  STYLING Billy Lobos TEXT Stanton Taylor

A production by Caner Teker in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supportet by Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf and tanzhaus nrw. The Tanztage Berlin are produced by SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supportet by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, mapping dance and Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V. Media partners: taz.die tageszeitung, Zitty, ExBerliner.