by Marlin de Haan & Ayşe Draz

With Sedef Gökçe, Melih Kıraç, Morgan Nardi and Ruby.

Artistic Direction Marlin de Haan, Ayşe Draz | Costume Design Jenny Theisen | Sound Friederike Haug | Short Stories Onur Karaoğlu, Marc Lunghuß | Videoart/Animation Parisa Karimi | Graphic and Web Design Laura Jil Beyer | Translation of the Short Stories, German/English Julian Rybarski | Translation of the Short Stories, Turkish/English Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş | Video Documentation Lukas Faller | Photo Documentation Bozica Babic | Hair and Makeup Alexandra Schramm-Dreher | Technique Malte Lehmann, Umut Rışvanlı | Assistants of the Artistic Direction Derin Arduman, Johanna Lierenfeld | Costume Assistant Ceren Sıla Özyurt | Production Management Benjamin Thorwirth

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Funded by NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kunststiftung NRW. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, FFT Düsseldorf, SALT Galata Istanbul and Maschinenhaus Essen.

Marlin de Haan and Ayşe Draz met during de Haan’s Artist-in-Residence program (Kunststiftung NRW) 2016/2017 in Istanbul. In 2018, they showed their first joint project “Once I set foot outside” in Istanbul and Düsseldorf, followed by their second project “panorama radio” in 2019 in Istanbul, Düsseldorf and Bonn. “And in this very moment” is their third artistic collaboration centering once again on the investigation of public space with a german-turkish perspective, while preserving a constant dialogue with their audience as collaborators for the research process. De Haan/Draz use their experiences with theatrical means in a targeted manner and look for the moment in their joint work that completes art with the viewer's perspective. Both are interested in an examination of art that plays with the conventions of the art disciplines, and questions their limits by exploring them. Ayşe Draz lives and works as a performance-maker and dramaturge in Istanbul. Both as a maker and a researcher, her interest goes beyond the boundaries of theatre, to fields ranging from dance and visual arts to the uncategorized intersections of all art disciplines. Marlin de Haan from Düsseldorf stages plays, performances and films, realizes stage spaces, exhibitions and interactions in the art space and in public space.

Derin Arduman is a performer based in Istanbul. She studied Theater Arts and Psychology at Carleton College. She wrote and performed a show called “Istanboom” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and has been collaborating with local theatre companies throughout their artistic processes.

Bozica Babic studied – after a detour into art history – photo design at the FH in Dortmund. She has been working as a freelance photographer for various art and cultural institutions as well as customers from the industry and business sector in Cologne since 2005. Her work focuses on portrait and documentary photography.

Laura Jil Beyer lives and works in 40213 Düsseldorf, studied German and art history, researches on linguistic codes, the emergence of the art market and principles of urban development. Since 2019 she runs a one woman full service agency for projects between paper and digitality, art and fashion, pop and diversity.

Lukas Faller studied photography and video art at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany. In addition to his artistic activity with several exhibitions (Cologne, Essen, St. Petersburg etc.) he also worked with various theatre companies and directors. He now lives and works in Cologne.

Sedef Gökçe is a performer/dancer based in Istanbul. She collaborates with choreographers and artists from different fields, including circus, theatre, sculpture and architecture. She participated in several festivals, such as 16th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul Theater Festival, Visibility in Arts Festival, Heidelberger Stückemarkt, and Die Originale at Berliner Festspiele. Her research focuses on the perception of the daily body versus performative body. She has an upcoming research project at the Flausen Plus Festival in 2021.

Friederike Haug studied with Tal R and Rosemarie Trockel at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she graduated in 2014. Since then, she has regularly exhibited her often installative or performative works at home and abroad. Currently her artistic focus is on language-based sound collections and spontaneous woodcuts.

Onur Karaoğlu works in theater, performance art, video and writing. Since 2010, his original and adapted writing and directing pieces have been presented at spaces like garajistanbul, bomontiada Alt, Heidelberg Theater and Rotterdam Schouwburg. His installations and video works were presented at Bahar (Sharjah Biennial 2017), SPOT, Operation Room and Artnivo.

Parisa Karimi was born in Berlin, raised with the persian and german language and is a graduate of the Academy Of Media Arts Cologne. She is a media artist working at the interface between (live) video, animation, and (av) performance. In her interdisciplinary works she combines documentary elements with speculative narration, placed in projection mappings and installations.

Melih Kıraç is a dancer, choreographer and academic living in Istanbul. From a choreographic point of view, he works with the dialogue between dance, improvisation and documentation. He is part of Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası and works as a research assistant at MSFAU ISC Contemporary Dance Dept.

Malte Lehmann is a freelance event technician. During his training as a specialist in event technology at the Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf and Tanzhaus NRW (2012-2016) he developed lighting concepts and designs together with different theatre groups and advised them on safety-related issues such as fire protection. Since 2017 Malte Lehmann is responsible for the lightning design and operating of the punk band “ROGERS PUNKROCK”.

Johanna Lierenfeld studied Cultural Sciences in Lüneburg, Prague and Leipzig. She lives in Leipzig, researches on anarchism in the GDR, works as the personal assistant of the painter Mandy Kunze and joined the team around Marlin de Haan in 2021.

Marc Lunghuß lives in Berlin. He studied Philosophy and German Philology in Heidelberg and Berlin. As a theatre director, he has staged plays in various cities including Stuttgart, Frankfurt a. M., Leipzig, and Bochum. As an author, he has published stories and short prose pieces in literary magazines and anthologies. 2018 he was invited to the writers' workshop at the Literarische Colloquium Berlin, in 2020 he received the artist fellowship of the state Niedersachsen and took up a residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede.

Morgan Nardi studied dance and theater in Italy, France and Germany and was a member of the ensemble at NEUER TANZ in Düsseldorf. Since 2001 he has been working as a choreographer and director in the field of dance and performing arts in North Rhine-Westphalia and abroad. In addition to his own projects – which were invited to Canada, France, Japan, Kenya and Georgia, among others – he works with the Theater an der Ruhr in Mülheim and the stages in Münster, Oberhausen and Bielefeld.

Umut Rışvanlı studied Management of Performing Arts at Istanbul Bilgi University. He worked as stage manager, lighting operator, venue and programming assistant for theatre companies, film festivals and music events. His current focus revolves around developing live stream and digital designing skills.

Ruby. Passionate about dancing since she was little. In 2020 she started her career as a freelance artist in performance and dancing. Her dance focus is mainly on urban style hip-hop. Other urban dance styles such as house, waacking, tutting and popping have been a strong influence for Ruby in the past three years. She worked on sets for commercial advertising shoots, music videos, performances and did video shoots in collaboration with other artists.

Jenny Theisen, born 1985. Professional education in fashion and textile design, degree in communication design with focus on photography and (video) installation, three years of costume assistance at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Since then costume design at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Schauspielhaus Wien, Schauspielhaus Graz, HAU Berlin, Ruhrtriennale etc. with artists like Felix Krakau, Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Constanza Macras.

Benjamin Thorwirth completed a voluntary social year for culture in the management department at Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf after graduating from high school in 2015. He studied business administration at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Thorwirth is a founding member of Junge Ballettfreunde, the youth organization belonging to the Ballettfreunde/Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He works on a voluntary basis with children and youth groups in social focal points.