25 Eylül 2021 Cumartesi

Dramaturgy of Gender in Dansöz Performance

                                                                                                        Berna Kurt, Nisan 2021

Dansöz solo dance performance is based on its choreographer Tümay Kılınçel’s childhood memory of a female belly dancer in Turkey. Kılınçel, a German citizen born in Germany with Turkish immigrant parents, connects her experiences in Turkey and Western Europe. She aims to develop a feminist resistance against the orientalist, eroticized and exoticized images of the belly dance. 

I have been collaborating with her since three years in some projects on belly dance and I worked as the dramaturg of this dance piece. In this paper, I make a feminist analysis of our common resistance in Dansöz. Adopting a self reflexive approach, I reconsider my subjective experience as well as the the audience feedback. I discuss our feminist tools of resistance on stage in relation with the issues like audience expectations, terminology, identity and movement style.


Keywords: Belly dance, dramaturgy, gender, Germany, Turkey

Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe 23-25.04.2021

Paper's full text at p. 31: https://trabzon.edu.tr/Share/8F9497889C690626D641BD8591C84B36