THE COUN­TRY’S pre­em­i­nent the­ater event, the Is­tan­bul The­ater Fes­ti­val, be­gins this Mon­day for its 21st in­stall­ment, with five plays from abroad and 13 lo­cal ones to be staged in 18 lo­ca­tions around Is­tan­bul.

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THE IS­TAN­BUL The­ater Fes­ti­val, or­ga­nized by the cul­ture and Arts Foun­da­tion of is­tan­bul (iKSV), runs from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26 for the 21st time this year.

First or­ga­nized in 1989, the event presents lo­cal and for­eign the­ater, dance and per­for­mance groups. The is­tan­bul The­ater Fes­ti­val used to run in May ev­ery two years since 2002. The fes­ti­val re­turns to its orig­i­nal for­mat this year and of­fers na­tional and in­ter­na­tional, clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary per­for­mances.

There will be 18 the­ater, dance and per­for­mance groups, five from abroad and 13 from Turkey, par­tic­i­pat­ing in 55 shows, along with free ac­tiv­i­ties such as read­ings, chats, book pro­mo­tions, movie screen­ings, work­shops and mas­ter classes.

The in­ter­na­tional Plat­form, first or­ga­nized in 2014 to in­clude suc­cess­ful ex­am­ples of lo­cal the­ater stages in in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals and pro­grams of var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions and to pro­mote them to wider au­di­ences con­tin­ues this year. The is­tan­bul Film Fes­ti­val will first wel­come guests from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19 in col­lab­o­ra­tion from the is­tan­bul The­ater Fes­ti­val and A cor­ner in the World X bomon­ti­ada ALT. Var­i­ous the­ater pro­fes­sion­als will get to watch the fes­ti­val pro­gram with the sup­port of the oNdA As­so­ci­a­tion from France and then again from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL PRO­DUC­TIONS The leg­end of an­cient Greek the­ater, Theodoros Ter­zopou­los

The lat­est work by the liv­ing leg­end of an­cient Greek the­ater, di­rec­tor Theodoros Ter­zopou­los, “encore,” is his 30th year gift to the At­tis The­ater, which he founded and where he di­rects many plays. his plays were per­formed two days in a row in 1990 at the Atatürk cul­ture cen­ter. in 1999, the di­rec­tor be­came known for his “her­a­cles Tril­ogy,” the first in­ter­na­tional co-pro­duc­tion of the fes­ti­val, and this year fes­ti­val au­di­ences can watch “encore,” the fi­nal play of the tril­ogy that started with “Alarme” and con­tin­ued with “Amor” on Nov. 1415. Two lead­ing ac­tors from the At­tis The­ater, Sophia hill and An­to­nis Myr­iagkos, will dis­play an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance with gi­ant ra­zors in their hands that be­come nat­u­ral ex­ten­sions as the play pro­gresses. “Alarme” and “Amor” will be at the Moda Stage cin­ema hall be­fore “encore” as part of fes­ti­val side ac­tiv­i­ties and events.

Daz­zling dance from star chore­og­ra­pher La Fresque

A star chore­og­ra­pher of both the clas­si­cal bal­letand con­tem­po­rary dance, French An­gelin Preljo­caj, will daz­zle with his lat­est work, “La Fresque.”

Be­com­ing world fa­mous for his ground­break­ing, re­bel­lious chore­og­ra­phy, Preljo­caj’s work has be­come an in­te­gral part of fa­mous groups’ reper­toires from Mi­lano La Scala to the New York city Bal­let and the Paris opera. This time, he bases his chore­og­ra­phy on a chi­nese fairytale. “La Fresque” tells the story of two trav­el­ers who are in­vited to see a mu­ral full of women by a monk they en­counter on the road. The mu­sic was com­posed by Ni­co­las Godin, part of the French elec­tronic duo Air, and cos­tume de­sign was by Azze­dine Alaia. The show is po­etic, yet strik­ingly harsh, coura­geous, con­tem­po­rary and ques­tion­ing. Pro­duced by Bal­let Preljocj, “La Fresque” is at Zorlu Per­form­ing Arts cen­ter’s (PSM) Main The­ater on Nov. 18. Preljo­caj will re­ceive the fes­ti­val’s hon­orary Award af­ter the per­for­mance.

In­com­pa­ra­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for view­ers of all kinds

ital­ian the­ater group TPo in­vites adults and chil­dren to look at the world through the eyes of but­ter­flies. “Far­falle” of­fers a grand ex­pe­ri­ence to view­ers with lights, color­ful shots and sounds of rain forests. di­rected by da­vide Ven­turini and Francesco Gandi, the play tells the mirac­u­lous story of but­ter­flies. Vet­eran the­ater artist Tilbe Saran par­tic­i­pates in the per­for­mance via voiceover. A del­i­cate, naive and el­e­gant world will be cre­ated on stage for this per­for­mance, wel­com­ing all view­ers above the age of four. The per­for­mance in­vites younger au­di­ences to dis­cover this world phys­i­cally on stage. But­ter­flies will sur­round view­ers of all ages at this event. There will be 10 per­for­mances at Zorlu PSM Stu­dio from Nov. 21 to Nov. 26.

Gift to Is­tan­bul from Por­tuguese di­rec­tor Pe­dro Penim

When Por­tuguese di­rec­tor Pe­dro Penim moved to is­tan­bul two years ago, he started pur­su­ing the feel­ing known as “saudade” (melan­cho­lia or nos­tal­gia), which is­tan­bul made him feel just like Lis­bon. he was in­spired by these words that made him feel at home when he was in is­tan­bul and started to write about the sim­i­lar­i­ties. The re­sult was “Be­fore,” a per­for­mance that takes au­di­ences on a jour­ney in time with the guid­ance of a melan­cholic at­las. Star­ring Bernardo de Lac­erda, Fred­erico Serpa and di­rec­tor Penim, “Be­fore” can be viewed at the Moda Stage on Nov. 22-23.

Mas­ter writer and di­rec­tor Wa­jdi Mouawad

The art di­rec­tor of France’s colline Na­tional The­aters, Wa­jdi Mouawad, presents “Alone,” which he wrote, di­rects and stars in. it is an emo­tional play that fo­cuses on Mouawad’s long, per­sonal jour­ney. it is the story of a child who has to im­mi­grate due to war, build a new life and re­build him­self in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage away from his home, habits and en­vi­ron­ment - in short, ev­ery­thing that makes him, and the long­ing he has to face. Per­for­mances will be on Nov. 24-25 at the Zorlu PSM drama Stage.


There are 13 pro­duc­tions from Turkey at the fes­ti­val. The first play is a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of An­ton check­hov’s “chayka” (The Seag­ull) by strik­ing con­tem­po­rary di­rec­tor Ser­dar Biliş, a pro­duc­tion of the Pürte­laş The­ater with a strong cast. “Yuva” (“home,”) which deals with immigration and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, is pro­duced by B Plan and writ­ten and di­rected by Sami Berat Marçalı; “Akşam Ye­meği” (“din­ner,”) from Se­maver Kumpa­nya with Volkan M. Sarıöz in the di­rec­tor’s seat was adapted for the the­ater from the book of the same name by her­man Koch; “Seni Se­viy­o­rum Türkiye” (“i Love You Turkey”) was writ­ten by ceren er­can and di­rected by Yelda Baskın; and “Fırtına” (“The Tem­pest”) by Ke­mal Ay­doğan, who loves to play around with Shake­speare’s plays, are not to be missed.

The fes­ti­val also in­cludes “Uyarca” (“The col­lab­o­ra­tor,”) writ­ten by Swiss play­wright Friedrich dür­ren­matt, di­rected by star ac­tor Ah­met Müm­taz Tay­lan and pro­duced by the das­das Stage; “Göç­men­leeeer” (“Mi­graaants”), di­rected by vet­eran ac­tor of Turkish the­ater Genco erkal, fo­cuses on one of the con­tem­po­rary prob­lems in the world; “When in rome,” a prod­uct of Yeni Metin Yeni Tiy­a­tro, which has trained some of the best new Turkish play­wrights by Galata Per­form; and “Panop­ti­con,” pro­duced by Şer­mola Per­for­mans and de­signed and di­rected by Mirza Medin, one of the lead­ing names of the new gen­er­a­tion of the­ater fo­cus­ing on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the body in his works.

con­tem­po­rary dance artist canan Yü­cel Pek­içten is the story of three fa­mous char­ac­ters from three fa­mous op­eras in “All About the heart.” Us­ing her own con­cept and chore­og­ra­phy, the con­tem­po­rary dance duo fo­cus­ing on the body, voice and rhythm, Tal­dans, brings “Güneşin Zaptı” (“Vic­tory over the Sun,”) the first rus­sian fu­tur­is­tic opera.

“İhanet” (“Be­trayal,”) by Nahid Sırrı Örik, a mas­ter of the dark side of Turkish lit­er­a­ture, and which has not been per­formed on stage be­fore, will be per­formed for the first time by Ankara State The­aters un­der the di­rec­tion of Özen Yula.

“car­ton city,” a Zorlu chil­dren’s The­ater pro­duc­tion, by 9-year-old Gökhan Kızıklı, the win­ner of the one dream one Play com­pe­ti­tion, has been adapted for the stage by Ser­dar Saat­man and di­rected by Gaye cankaya.

“Far­falle” of­fers a grand ex­pe­ri­ence to view­ers with lights, color­ful shots and sounds of rain forests.

An im­age from the play “Alone,” pho­tographed by Trib­aut Baron.

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