Priya Mistry (UK) and Özlem Alkış (TR) in residency in Romania

Between September 2-30 septembrie, UK choreographer Priya Mistry and Turkish choreographer Özlem Alkış are in residence in Bucharest and Bacau in Romania. Their working period will finalise in Bucharest on September 28, with a presentation to start at 18.00 at ZonaD – Serial Paradise Studio administered by Gabriela Tudor Foundation.

Priya Mistry’s project – Performing Woman – is an investigation into what it means to be a woman. Women are vast and varied, each different, but then what is it that defines us all as women? Other than our common anatomical features, is there not something other that defines us all as being a ‘Woman’, a convergence than spans across women? This project is seeking the inner countenance of women, an expression of womanliness in the world. Do certain places resonate of woman, do our lives contain a common commentary, and do our bodies unsuspectingly speak of womanliness beyond our anatomy? Can one espy the idiosyncratic hint of womanliness? Is it an inflection in our movement, or our breath?

During the residency in Romania, Mistry is collaborating with Romanian actress Andreea Bibiri.

Priya Mistry (UK) is a performance and visual artist based in the U.K. She creates performances, socially engaged projects. Her cross discipline approach makes for visual, bold, quirky and inventive performance making. Collaboration, exchange and new working methods are at the heart of her working process; site and audience are central features of much of her work. Her playful and inquisitive pieces are inspired by location, story and social politic. Mistry trained as a performer, graduating from De Montfort University with BA Hons Dance & Theatre (+supplementary studies in video & photography) in 2003. During her career Mistry has performed and commissioned with many venues and festivals including: Spill Festival of Performance, Green Room, Fierce Festival, Birmingham REP Theatre, Curve, Angel Row Gallery, CCA, NOW Festival, Battersea Arts, Tou Scene/USF Verftet (Norway) and most recently Europe In Motion/Nott Dance Festival.

Özlem Alkış is working on the solo dance performance Habitus – which experiments the work with the sound. The project is questioning if the accumulation of repetition creates sense. The aim is to write almost unimportant (daily) gestures with the movement of head and eyes to arrive where body transform itself to an unknown place or image. What does repetition offer?  Body is a host, permeable and transistor of her environment, mentality, and century. Habitus is the set of socially learnt dispositions, skills and ways of acting, that are often taken for granted, and which are acquired through the activities and experiences of everyday life, according to Pierre Bourdieu.

For the development of her project in Romania, Özlem Alkış is collaborating with musician Vlaicu Golcea.

Özlem Alkış is a dancer and choreographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She completed her dance training at “ex.e.r.ce”, program of Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier in 2003 and has been invited to “essais” choreographic research program in Centre National de Danse Contemporaine – between 2005-2006. In August 2010, she participated in “Performing Politics” Hamburg International Summer Academy. She worked with Loïc Touzé, Deborah Hay, Emre Koyuncuoğlu and Sabine Jamet as a dancer and presented her own works in different venues in Europe. Özlem is one of the co-founders of amber, Art and Technology Platform and Çatı-Contemporary Dance Artists Association in Istanbul also co-directs international amber, art and technology festival with Ekmel Ertan since 2007. Currently, she is laureate at Récollets, the international residence program of City of Paris/Institut Français and organizing series of workshops with invited guest choreographs to extend the notion of work, choreography and dance making through critical discourse with the support of Institute Français of Istanbul, Laboratoire d’Aubervilliers in Paris and Body-Process Arts Association in Istanbul. She has also been awarded the thematic residence “choreography of social” at Tanzquartier (Vienna) for two months in March and April 2012. Selected works: INttt ER VENtttION (2010), ENSTANTANE (2010), TWINS IN ACTION (2009), I AM HANGING AROUND FOR ANOTHER ROUND (2007), JUST MARKING (2003-2004).

The E-MOTIONAL/ ArtistNe(s)t residencies in Romania are organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation in colaboration with body > data > space (London) and George Apostu Cultural Centre in Bacău, with the financial support of Culture 2007-2013 programme of the EU, the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage.