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LIV­ING statue per­for­mance artists, who de­pict real and imag­i­nary char­ac­ters in cos­tumes with painted bod­ies and stand­ing still for hours, get ready for their hard shifts with much ef­fort.

Artists per­form­ing liv­ing statue per­for­mances, a type of street art, firstly study the ba­sic fea­tures of the char­ac­ter that they will play while stand­ing still for hours.

Hav­ing stud­ied the most dis­tinct ges­tures, clothes and at­ti­tudes of the char­ac­ter, the artists start their shows af­ter a long makeup and costume pe­riod, which can last for hours on some oc­ca­sions.

The artists, who per­form with in­tense con­cen­tra­tion while they stand still for hours, can make peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­est­ing mo­ments by giv­ing small re­ac­tions to some of the peo­ple who get close or take photos.

Speak­ing to Anadolu Agency (AA), head of a liv­ing statue per­for­mance team Özge Di­dem, who has come to Adana for an event, said that the­ater act­ing and liv­ing statue per­for­mance are very dif­fer­ent from each other.

Telling that her job has many dif­fi­cul­ties, Di­dem con­tin­ued: “We elab­o­rate on the char­ac­ter that will be fo­cused on in the show. Then, the step of act­ing comes. Our cos­tumes are stitched. Af­ter the sew- ing, the dye­ing process is the next step. Our statue should be very re­al­is­tic. We gen­er­ally pro­duce the ac­ces­sories by our­selves, since even find­ing a wig which is proper for the char­ac­ter is re­ally hard. You are painted com­pletely. The paints have a weight, as well. We also ex­pe­ri­ence many dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing the per­for­mances. It is a show that is per­formed in pub­lic face to face. There­fore, con­trol­ling peo­ple is very dif­fi­cult. They can come near us.”


Di­dem said that they have won recog­ni­tion and the at­ten­tion from peo­ple dur­ing their shows, and nat­u­rally, some peo­ple try to break their con­cen­tra­tion.

Men­tion­ing they also ex­pe­ri­ence good in­ter­ac­tions, Di­dem said: “Peo­ple are some­times ex­tremely ob­sti­nate since we stand still. They are sur­prised how we can con­tinue it. There are some who try to make us laugh. They move in front of us, even tweak a cheek from us. How­ever, these aren’t malev­o­lent ac­tions. When we keep our po­si­tion and don’t move, the at­mos­phere gets joy­ous. There are some who are scared. Most peo­ple don’t think we are real and think we are sculp­tures or mod­els. The most im­por­tant part is ac­tu­ally that and we want to give it. We stand still. They come near us in or­der to take a photo with us since they think we are stat­ues. Then, they scream with a lit­tle move we make. These are very en­ter­tain­ing mo­ments.”


Ali Cazim Gümüş, 19, who plays Char­lie Chap­lin, said that he pre­pared for his role by study­ing the ac­tor.

Ex­plain­ing how the re­ac­tions he got dur­ing his show made him ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent feel­ings, Gümüş con­tin­ued: “Peo­ple get close in or­der to check whether I am alive or not. I get good re­ac­tions.”

Mer­can Dök­men, 20, who plays the role of Le­go­las from the book and film “The Lord of the Rings,” which was writ­ten by English philol­o­gist J.R.R Tolkien and di­rected by Os­car win­ner Peter Jack­son, said that they ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­est­ing things while they stand still.

Liv­ing statue per­form­ers per­form with in­tense con­cen­tra­tion, stand­ing still for hours.

Artists start their shows af­ter many hours for makeup and costume prepa­ra­tion.

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