Nazlı Gürlek

Sand Dance

Single channel HD video, 12' 11'' loop

​Exhibition views at 'Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island', Daire Gallery, Istanbul, October 07-November 11, 2017

With support from Çatalhöyük Research Project

Sand Dance is a cyclical performance made for the camera translating five ancient ritual paintings (Çatalhöyük, 7,500 BC – 5,700 BC, Konya plain, Turkey) into dance. In other words it is an attempt at embodying a series of ancient ritual paintings. It was staged and filmed on a beach. The performance employs the ritualistic power of these paintings that rely on complex abstract patterns created with a few repeated basic geometrical forms, and converts pictorial patterns to movement patterns. It asks questions in relation to social organization forms as well as being an ode to collectivity and a certain way of seeing the world as a complex web of patterns and relationships between things in different contexts.

​Performers Aslı Bostancı, İdil Kemer, Gasia Papazyan, Hilal Sibel Peker, Leyla Postalcıoğlu
Costumes Letisya Tapan
Production Burak Çevik, Merve Ertufan

Special thanks to Ian Hodder