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AALST - A Polish-Turkish Production at Salon IKSV

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Director Radek Rychcik.
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AALST - a theatrical collaboration between Polish director Radek Rychcik and three up-and-coming young Turkish actors -- will go live on stage at Salon IKSV in Istanbul, on October 20-21, 2014.

The project consists of a live performance, brought together as a Polish-Turkish collaboration around the theatrical text Aalst, referencing difficult social issues, such as inner fears and the existential aspects of the theatrical stage itself. 

Participating artists are working on Scottish writer Duncan McLean’s English translation of the Belgian play Aalst, originally written by Pol Heyvaert and Dimitri Verhulst, and translated into Turkish by Adihan Senturk. The play was previously staged in the UK and Australia, in 2007. 

The performance features an "omnipotent voice" that patiently asks questions. All that’s necessary are two actors, one nameless voice and the story of the murderers, told in a way which reflects our most unspeakable fears. The main villains, Cathy and Michael, are a couple of murderers, challenging the world with their complicated relationship. The audience is invited to ask them why they have killed their children. The production aims to signal that the potential of theatre is based on the peculiar relationship between the stage and the audience.

Photos: Piotr Lis, 2014

The director of the production, Radek Rychcik, was born in 1981 and belongs to the youngest generation of artists creating contemporary theatre discourse in Poland. A graduate of the Polish Philology Department of Warsaw University (2005), and the National Theatrical Academy in Kraków in the Drama Directing Department (2009), he is recognized as one of the most talented and original artists of his generation for his radically new interpretations of theatre.

AALST the PLAY TRAILER from bobig on Vimeo.

Born in 1986 in Adana, Turkey, the young and coming Turkish actor Adihan Senturk studied at the Istanbul University Conservatory. Throughout his acting career, Senturk has also directed short movies, and a documentary, as well as other short series for TV. Alongside Senturk, Bengü Ergin and Ertürk Erkek are performing.

Piotr Lis of The Natural Born Chillers. Photo: art-30 blog

New music by Michał and Piotr Lis of  The Natural Born Chillers will accompany the performance. The rising Polish band focuses on electro and rock tunes and has toured worldwide. The two band members, Michał and Piotr Lis, will perform live during the play. The band’s most recent release can be heard here.

The costumes and stage design were prepared by Polish designer Anna Maria Karczmarska.

Salon IKSV is supporting the project with promotion and providing the space for rehearsals, while TEATR POWSZECHNY im. Zygmunta Hübnera is supporting the production. 

Visit project fanpage here.



Director : Radosław Rychcik
Stage designer: Anna-Maria Karczmarska
Music: Michał Lis, Piotr Lis of Natural Born Chillers
Actors: Bengü Ergin, Adıhan Şentürk, Ertürk Erkek
Assistant: Heqi Tong
Venue: Salon IKSV

The event  is organized as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland.

Edited by E.M. 27.08.2014






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