• Ziya Azazi © Wilczynski Photography
  • Bolero - Ziya Azazi © Gianfranco Rota
Contemporary

Ziya Azazi Ember & Bolero "in preview"

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Brussels - Valenciennes - Huy

Brussels

23 01 '16 - 20:00

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Address

Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Parvis St Jean Baptiste
B-1080 Brussels

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T 02 415 86 03
www.lamaison1080hethuis.be

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Adults: 10€
Seniors >65: 5€
Groups (min. 10 people): 5€
Students <26: 5€
Art.27: 1,25€

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EUROPALIA, Het Huis van Culturen en Sociale Samenhang van Sint-Jans-Molenbeek / La Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek St Jean, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey

Valenciennes

27 01 '16 - 20:00

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le phénix
Boulevard Harpignies
F-59301 Valenciennes

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T +33 (0)3 27 32 32 00
www.lephenix.fr

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T +33 (0)3 27 32 32 32

Full fare: 16€
Subscribers: 5€>13€
Groups: 9€

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Organisation

EUROPALIA, le phénix - Scène Nationale Valenciennes, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey

Huy

30 01 '16 - 20:30

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Address

CC Huy
Avenue Delchambre 7A
B-4500 Huy

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T 04 342 00 00
www.theatredeliege.be

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Adults: 19€
Seniors <65: 15€
Youth, Students: 8€
Job seekers: 8€

Organisation

EUROPALIA, Théâtre de Liège, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey

Ember

Since the 90’s, the dance practice of Ziya Azazi is based on experimental whirling and repetition – a reflection of his personal, artistic and conceptual interpretation of the traditional sufi dance.  Azazi looks for a simultaneous rendering of contradictory observations: physical awareness versus ecstasy. He experiments with the speed and the intensity of the whirling in order to turn the traditions of the whirling derwishes into spectacular, new forms.  Ember is about despair. Being aware of mortality, man is in search of ways to give sense to life. The whirling makes the artist survive and gives sense to his existence.

Ziya Azazi - concept, choreography, dance
Mike Ottis - music
Ziya Azazi & Peter Leitner - stage design
Lutz Deppe - lighting design
Okishi - costume design
Robert Nagel - fire effects
Isin Onol - dramaturgy

Bolero "in preview"

Bolero is an experimental piece by Ziya Azazi, choreographed, produced and performed in collaboration with composer/performer Claudio Bettinelli. Since the early 2000s, Azazi’s choreographic pieces have been primarily based on whirling and its repetitive nature. The artist researches transcendental practices from within, and experiments with them in the context of contemporary dance.

Azazi and Bettinelli have been working on an experimental exchange of body movement and sound using a wide range of media, from primitive devices to highly sophisticated digital sound processors. In this work, we see two male performers on the stage, as well as the audio-visual reflections of their basic movements.

Joseph-Maurice Ravel wrote the piece Boléro in 1928, during a very mature stage of his artistic life, originally for a dance piece to be performed by female ballet dancer Ida Lvovna Rubinstein. Although it was mostly performed as a music piece, its melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic repetitiveness was designed to accompany a dance piece. At the time the piece was being composed, an opera director/choreographer was born, Maurice Béjart, who was to reinterpret this piece in early 1960s with very minimal scores, making visible every detail of the music, and almost invisible the act of the dancers. Highly inspired by the minimal approach of Béjart’s choreography, Ziya Azazi brings his own vocabulary into this progressive interpretation and contributes a new language, deconstructing the music in correspondence with body movements.

The circular stage and the ritualistic attribution created in both choreographic pieces makes visible the inspiration  of Azazi’s work by Béjart. Azazi creates a distinctive connection back to the Latin basis of the bolero dance by means of traditional whirling and costumes reproducing oriental image, overloaded with transcendental terminology. He connects to the modern interpretation by Ravel and Béjart using elements of contemporary dance movements, as well as Bettinelli’s digital touch to the music.

Ziya Azazi - concept, choreography, dance
Claudio Bettinelli - composition, live music, computing 
Mirko Lazovic - lighting design, computing
Özgür Can Alkan - video art
Oktotech - technical support
Isin Onol - text, artistic support 
Okishi - costume design

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