caner teker
east of what?

  • Fri 24.05.24 20 h
  • Sat 25.05.24 20 h

Recommended age: 16 years and older

Please note that the stage area for the performance is not seated and the audience will be standing throughout the performance. A small number of seats will be provided for people who are unable to do so.

Part of the performance are intense sensory moments: the smell of camphor, brief flashes of stroboscopic light, intense bass towards the end.

Artist Talk with caner teker following the performance

17-19 h PACTPackage, queer + trauma friendly Workshop with caner teker
DJ set with Max Mayer following the show


With the performance ›east of what?‹, caner teker honours »köçekler«, young, androgynous dancers in the Ottoman Empire of the 18th century, who were also known as sex workers. From a Turkish-German perspective, ›east of what?‹ examines their stories as queer subjects, how they presented themselves and how they were seen. The piece interweaves sensual movement vocabulary and thus challenges sexualising and orientalising gazes. The vibration of the shimmy, a basic movement of west asian dances, creates a continuous variation that unfolds among the audience in the space. The interplay with Nazanin Noori's ambient hardcore music creates a sensory concert that draws the audience in as witnesses. In this proximity, the piece is dedicated to affinities beyond fixed identities and seeks alternate approaches to practices of memory.

Choreography, Performance & Stage design: caner teker Komposition & Live musik: Nazanin Noori Lighting design & Stage design:: Shaly Lopez Costume: Olivia Ballard Dramaturgy: Stanton Taylor Outside Eye: Ligia Lewis Künstlerische Production: Sofie Luckhardt Technical leader: Hendrik Borowski Outside eye production: Martin Bien Support: Gilles Yann Smrkovsky

Production: caner teker & PARASITES PROJECTS Co-production: PACT Zollverein, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Fundedy by: Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Supported by: NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

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