Born in 1966 in Istanbul, she is educated in Western – English Literature and Language Department in Bosphorous University and did her master degree on theater theory and dramaturgy in Istanbul University.
She start dancing in the university's modern dance club and established, with her friends an interdisciplinary art group for the first time in Turkey, « Yesil Üzümler », where she made performances, actions and also did her choreographies. She also wrote and directed plays for movement and physical theater and devised work 1991 on.
In 1997 she took part in the establishment of Izmit Municipal Theater, where she worked as a dramaturg before directing her plays there . She wrote theatre's documentary book, focusing on the artistic policy and the process that is led to establish an autonomus and state subsidized theatre as an example for the others to come.
In 2009 she was invited to Istanbul Municipal theatre as one of the theatre’s directors, where she still works as a house-artist. In the theatre she founded ÇGSM, Contemporary Performing Arts Center, where master class workshops and international collaboration projects in an interdisciplinary collaborations in arts are being realized. She directed the space and the centers artistic program from 2010 on.
Starting in 2014 she curated a concept based, site-specific performance arts festival in one of the biggest museum in İstanbul, in Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi.
She also works in different theaters in various countries and cities as director, playwright, artist film maker, creating performances for communal actions and as choreographer. Her works of art and herself have been invited to France, Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Cyprus, Belgium, Portugal, Tunisia, Georgia, Greece, Egypt, Macedonia, USA.
She gives courses in various universities (recently Koç University) on contemporary performing arts in practice.
Her adaptation for stage of a 10th century prophesy text of the Asian shaman Turks, “Irk Bitig” as a sound theater play won the 2009 best Play Price in the International Strumica Theatre Festival for the innovative approach to performing arts. With Simon Wachsmuth she was the first tandem of the German-Turkish co-production grants to stay from October 2021 to January 2022 at the Tarabya Cultural Academy.
"Spot Whelming" A free adaptation from Bertold Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle" with experimental use of masks and voice using adjusting the performance to the contemporary audience with documantary additions
"African Dance" a performance, video installation, exhibition project, based on a short story written by an famous avangard woman writer Sevim Burak
For transfering different literary art forms and voices to stage, a unique creative language is being explored. Experimental proposals are realized with actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists etc.
well-know for her strong images and specific aesthetic for each work and every time different choice of tools and materials depending on the work, work place and audience.
working experience in the theaters of Poland, Germany, France, Belgium for their repertuar using French, German and English as communication language
Forming artistic groups, realizing collaborative performative actions with artists from different disciplines, inviting volunteers, NGO's, amateurs to participate in this actions
Kocaeli Municipal Theatre is the first subsidized theatre in Anatolia, also in its artistical policy an example for the other municipal theatres founded just after.
realized for SİNOPALE 8
Beral Madra's concept The “Hospitable Sea” series was realized in the 8.th Sinopale in 2022 . This digital book is a part of the art work in these series. The e-book titled “The Black/Land and Sea in Me, during the Establishment of the New Normal” by Emre Koyuncuoğlu, is realized with the contributions of the participants of the 2006 Sinop Communication, produced for Sinopale8 in May 2022.
The graphic design of the book was made by Funda Yılmaz and the technical solutions were made by Mustafa Kurt.
Lush Otel Production , Istanbul
written for a hotel room after Virginia Woolf's "The Room of Ones Own"
An adaptation to a contemporary music performance after a shamanic prophecy text from 10th century asiatic turks
A site-specific action- performance-exhibition-interactive play, film screening event, discussing the Arab Spring
A co-production between Kunstenfestival des Artes/Brussels and Tanz im August/Berlin, there after realized for different cities instillated in different sites in Hamburg, Faro, Istanbul, Diyarbakır
A free adaptation of Lessing's "Nathan the Wise" with a use of animation film, questioning Islamophobia in Europe, produced by Theater Freiburg
After Orhan Pamuk's works on memory esp. "Museum of Innocence" Supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation, produced by and for the Teatr Opole /Teatr im. Jana Kochanowskiego / Poland
For site specific performances, curation and direction work with Tobias Hering and many artists from different disciplines from the city Porto
A devised theatre project with volunteers, amateur and professional artists, opening performance "Beyond Belonging" organized by the Hebbel Theatre / Berlin
A result for a contract to do a premiere in the KunstenFestival 0090, a performance in Antwerp/Belgium, half working time in Istanbul, half in Antwerp, performed after in Strasbourg, Marseillais, Tunis, Monastir, Nabeul, Kairouan, Istanbul etc.
Free adaptation from Chechov's "Three Sister"s for a movement theatre piece, independent production
An independent project co-produced by the Municipal Theates of Istanbul and Izmit, invited to the "Life and Death" season in Battlesea Art Center/ London
Istanbul Greater Municipality Theatre Production
Eskişehir Municipal Theatre Production
Independent Project for
The International Istanbul Theatre Festival
Dot Theatre Production /Istanbul
Kocaeli Greater Municipality Theaters
Independent Project for
The International Theatre Festival
Mayakovsky's Bedbug, Khielebnikov's Mrs. Laneen, Aleksei Kruchenykh's Victory Over the Sun are being performed
A text is performed reciting Anna Ahmadova's life story, letters with a selection of her poetry
Through a collaboration between Arter and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theatres, Merce Cunningham’s choreography 50 Looks is reinterpreted in the context of the exhibition "Rainforest V (variation 3)". The choreographer Merce Cunningham commissioned David Tudor in 1968 to create a music work RainForest for his similarly titled dance. "Rainforest V (variation 3)" was developed by composers John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein of CIE (Composers Inside Electronics, Inc) into a self-performing sound installation building upon their past collaborations with David Tudor. Cunningham’s 50 Looks, choreographed in 1979, was constructed from a gamut of fifty still positions arranged using chance operations into a continuous sequence. With the arrangement and staging by Emre Koyuncuoğlu, from Municipal Theatres Contemporary Performing Arts Center (ÇGSM), "the performance 50 Looks within Rainforest V" highlights the critical connection between Merce Cunningham and "Rainforest V (variation 3)" while adding a choreographic dimension to the concept of randomness expressed through sound and vibration within the exhibition.
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