Single channel HD video, 12' 11'' loop
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