Filiz Sızanlı & Mustafa Kaplan / Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz
NEVER ODD OR EVEͶ
Two duos explore the concepts of duplicity, paired work, similarity and difference, and negotiations between the individual and the collective.
NEVER ODD OR EVEͶ brings to the stage the results of a collaboration between two duos: Filiz Sızanlı & Mustafa Kaplan (Turkey) and Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz (Portugal). Within each partnership the performers have more than a decade of experience working with each other, and for this project the two duos draw on their shared fascination for precision, minimalism and abstraction.
In NEVER ODD OR EVEͶ, the four explore ideas of duplicity and mirrored relations through wordplay, voice, movement and gesture. Here we find both similarities and differences between each pair and each body, as we consider ideas of continuity and rupture and take a look at the artistic, social and political implications contained in this confrontation, in these dualities.
Co-direction and performance Filiz Sızanlı and Mustafa Kaplan, Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz Light design and technical direction Cárin Geada Set design and costumes Angela Rocha Sound Sofia Dias Administration and distribution Vítor Alves Brotas Production Agência 25 Co-production Théâtre de la Ville, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Alkantara Festival, La Briqueterie, Teatro Viriato, CCN Nantes, Teatro Municipal do Porto / Festival DDD Support Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
NEVER ODD OR EVEͶ - playbill
After having graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture, in 1997 Sızanlı has participated in various projects at the Theatre Research Laboratory of Istanbul Municipality Theater. In 2000, she was among the initial co-founders of Çatı Contemporary Dance Artists Association in a collective artists’ group. Between 2001-2005, she worked with Mathilde Monnier at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier (CCN) as a state artist along with working on different projects with Emmanuelle Hyunh, Mustafa Kaplan, Yann Marussich and...
Mustafa Kaplan was born in Konya, Turkey. He studied Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul. During his studies, he started taking dance classes from Geyvan McMillan in 1984. He took theatre lessons from Bulunmaz Theatre Company in 1985. Although he graduated from the university in 1990, he never worked as an engineer. After dancing in the Modern Ballet Company between 1989-1992, he worked at the Theatre Research Laboratory which was a part of the Municipal Theatre of Istanbul as a choreographer and dancer for about ten...
Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz are a duo of artists collaborating since 2006. The hybrid nature of their research, connected to a strong curiosity and need for experimentation, led them to create several shows, performances, videos, podcasts and instalations, crossing different contexts and blurring limits between artistic fields. Their performances conceived for stage, mainly performed by the duo, summon up a particular choreographic language in relation to text and voice, as manifested in the pieces A gesture that is nothing but a threat 2011 (Prix Jardin d'Europe and...