Canan Erek explores body language as strategy
Every school kid today knows that it is a credible performance – rather than facts learned by heart – that counts. Does it not make sense then to offer courses in authentic stage presence? Canan Erek poses such questions, which puts us into confrontation with the contradictions of the capitalist world: everything appears possible, but a willingness to delude yourself is part of it too. The works of this dance theatre choreographer, who was trained in Ankara, at the Folkwang Hochschule and at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, speak a very individual and clear language; the movement is direct, sometimes edgy, and contact with the floor is important – the real weight of the body. The dramatically clever pieces can seem cool, but constantly subvert their perceived austerity with a sophisticated sense of humour and self-irony. And it appears to be winning ground in 2013: following the power- fully poetic solo "TEZAT”, which looked at coercion in apparently free times, and the Dance Poetry interventions in Berlin town halls, the duet battle "Real Poses” sees spoken and body language competing for the biggest credibility.
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