TALIMHANE TIYATROSO - Turkey
Pippa by Deniz Altun
World premiere: 21st February 2012
Two Italian performance artists, Pippa Bacca and Silvia Moro, hitch-hike from Milan to the Middle-East to promote world peace and trust in other people, symbolically wearing wedding dresses during their trek. Pippa’s journey comes to a halt when she meets Ali Rıza, who was travelling from Diyarbakır for completely different reasons.
BALLHAUS NAUNYNSTRASSE – Germany
Beg your pardon by Marianna Salzmann
World premiere: 25th April 2012
Thea is unable to find any peace of mind. She is troubled by the injustice of the world, the immigration policy, the happy life with her perfect boyfriend and the feeling of her own powerlessness. She is pregnant and does not know what to do with herself and her child. Her friend Marwa, who needed to leave the country due to new regulations, does not understand her and neither does her boyfriend. She leaves the world that she knows and starts a journey into the unknown.
Beg your pardon is based on interviews that Marianna Salzmann conduced with politicians of right-wing parties and people who are affected by the new European immigration act.
RIKSTEATERN – Sweden
Jag ringer mina bröder / I call my brothers by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
World premiere: 18th January 2013
A car has exploded in Stockholm. Amor is wandering around a paranoid city full of police, on the hunt for a spare part for a drill. He has a phone in his front pocket and a knife in his back pocket. He will answer when Shavi calls; he will stop stalking Valeria, and above all: he will act maximally normal. But what is normal behavior? Who is a potential suspect? And what happens when one becomes the target of suspicious glances? For 24 intense hours we find ourselves in Amor’s head, where the lines between criminal and victim, love and chemistry, and paranoia and reality become increasingly fuzzy.
ARCOLA THEATRE – England
The Mare Rider by Leyla Nazli
Premiere: 25th January 2013 at Arcola Theatre
Elka is the sinister Mare Rider, in myth she haunts new mothers and rides bareback through mountains and across the plains of Anatolia.
Selma is about to give birth at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, Elka takes her on a fantastical journey, probing the spaces between Selma’s nightmarish visions and the reality of those around her.
Mare Rider is the latest play by Leyla Nazli. Leyla was one of the ‘Royal Court Fifty’ writers chosen to celebrate the theatre’s 50th anniversary year and where her first play Silver Birch House had its debut reading before premiering at Arcola in 2007.
RAST THEATRE – Holland
Eldersland (Elsewhere Land) by Anouk Saleming
World premiere: 28th February 2013
A son inherits a piece of family land, which has been passed on from father to son for many generations. He is torn between his familiar live in Amsterdam and his mother’s wish for him to return to Turkey with her. Then an unknown woman turns up at his doorstep. His father’s inheritance turns out to be much bigger than he could have ever imagined.
Elsewhere Land is a performance about a son who is confronted with his parents’ traditions, his identity and his ideals.