fleshy interface: kırkpınar
The festival «Fleshy Interface» features caner teker‘s much acclaimed piece:
Glistening bronze through time, or bright cis-white, fabulous muscles have always taken our breath away. Always inadequate in the shadow of their brilliance, the question isn’t so much what they do to us, but why we keep staring. Fixated, caner teker inserts themself into the nexus of desire, humiliation, and violence otherwise known as masculinity. A self-appointed impostor, their fraudulence at best confounds, at worst conceals, the binary distinctions between what is and isn’t, European or Turkish, male or female, gay or straight: queer, as the kids these days call it.
Based on the movements of traditional Turkish oil wrestling or Yağlı Güreş, «Kirkpinar» is both a performance and an ongoing research project that restages ostensible acts of aggression not only as gestures of intimacy, but also as a ritualistic form of work.
Following performances at Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and tanzhaus NRW (both 2019), the current iteration for Tanztage Berlin expands the earlier choreographies, while featuring new music by Lou Drago and Valerie Anna Zwoboda.
In a makeshift wrestling ring, teker and Aaron Ratajczyk softly sift their way through a series of predetermined postures at a tempo determined by their muscular endurance. Unrelenting, they slowly build a tension that knows no climax. But it’s hardly a secret that even the most violent sports harbour moments of physical intimacy and tiresome labor, least of all for sportsmen. Far from revealing what’s hidden in plain sight, «Kirkpinar» is perhaps better seen as a projection of the men we should prefer to see: all tender touches and reciprocal support. More echo chamber than microscope, it confronts us with the contradictions and silences of our own desire. Again and in other words, it asks us to ask ourselves why we keep staring. (Stanton Taylor)
KONZEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAFIE: caner teker LIVE SOUND: Lou Drago PERFORMANCE: Raoni Muzho Saleh SOUND DESIGN: Valerie Anna Zwoboda KOSTÜME, STYLING: Billy Lobos & caner teker KÜNSTLERISCHE PRODUKTIONSLEITUNG: Sofie Luckhardt FOTOS: Spyros Rennt