Eylül Fidan Akıncı & Tery Žeželj: PASSING BODIES

lecture, film and sound walk
(Turkey, Slovenia, Japan)

Passing bodies (Choreographing Ecocritical Routes) is an ongoing dialogue between two dramaturgues, Eylül Fidan Akıncı and Tery Žeželj in the frame of the European network ACT – Art, Climate Transition.
It aims to connect ecocriticism, choreography, and activist practices of place making and is designed as an exchange of discursive practices. Passing Bodies centers on the importance of body, mobility, and space for ecocritical activations in the performing arts. This exchange will take choreographer Eiko Otake’s film A Body in Fukushima as its focal point.

Choreo-dramaturging of Anthropocene
Lecture by Eylül Fidan Akıncı
In conjunction with the screening, Akıncı will give a lecture to contextualize Eiko Otake’s extended performance series as an artistic response in the aftermath of Fukushima disaster. What is the performance artists’ task at the age of Anthropocene? As the public and scholarly conversations tackle the term “Anthropocene” and its propriety to name the geo-ecological epoch we are in, it becomes clear that we need critical and creative tools to retain sight of the planetwide commons of disasters. Akıncı proposes a generative model of how dramaturgical and embodied practices facilitate a new theory and practice to address the planetary.

The lecture is in English.

If trees would cry, we would cry too
Sound walk by Tery Žeželj
As a bridge between the film and the lecture, Žeželj will propose a site-sensitive walking activation to recalibrate the mind and body to perceive things unmourned and unmournable along the path. What is worthy of mourning in our society? How do we collectively deal with ecological grief? How can we mourn other bodies? How can art make mourning visible and shared? Can mourning cultivate a different attitude towards the environment?

The walk is in Slovene and English. A smart phone and headphones are necessary.

A Body in Fukushima
Film by Eiko Otake
The film was crafted from tens of thousands of photographs, taken by William Johnston, of Eiko Otake in the surreal, irradiated landscapes of post-nuclear meltdown Fukushima, Japan. Eiko travelled six times to evacuated, desolate Fukushima since the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown—of 2011. From her second trip forward, she was accompanied by photographer Johnston (also a professor of Japanese history and public health at Wesleyan University) who documented her body in places of nuclear contamination.

120 minutes
The event will be held in English and Slovene.

Curators: Eylül Fidan Akıncı & Tery Žeželj
Lecture: Eylül Fidan Akıncı
Audio-walk: Tery Žeželj
Sound and technical support for audio walk: Blaž Pavlica
Zine: Tery Žeželj, na podlagi pogovorov in izmenjav z/on the basis of discussions and exchanges with Eylül Fidan Akıncı
Producer: Maja Vižin
Public relations: Tamara Bračič Vidmar
Technical support: Andrej Petrovčič, Igor Remeta, Duško Pušica, Manca Vukelič, Vid Starman, Martin Lovšin
Produced by: Bunker, Ljubljana, Teater Rotterdam
Supported by: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Evropska unija: program Ustvarjalna Evropa – Kultura, ACT – Art, Climate, Transition

Photo by: Eiko Otake



24. 08. 2023


12:00 - 14:00


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