New Creation Victory Over the Sun @21st Istanbul Theatre Festival, 25-26.November.2017, Istanbul, TR

Taldans is happy to invite you to their new creation “Victory Over the Sun” performance at 21st Istanbul Theatre Festival.


Victory Over the Sun 

Written by: Aleksei Kruchenykh
Concept: Taldans
Choreography & Performance: Mustafa Kaplan, Filiz Sızanlı
Sound Design: Sinan Kestelli
Light Design: Turan Tayar
Venue Design: Taldans
Co-Produced by: Eskişehir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Şehir Tiyatroları, Taldans
Thanks to: Norgunk Yayınevi, SALT Araştırma, KeKeÇa (Timuçin Gürer, Tugay Başar), Esra Karadağ, Sima Can Kaplan, MSGSÜ Modern Dans Bölümü, ÇATI (Çağdaş Dans Sanatçıları Derneği)

Taldans’ new approach of the relationship between the text, body and rhythm is continuing with the first Russian futuristic opera “Victory Over the Sun”. 

Taldans’ founders, Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı, are experiencing to be on stage as a couple once again after a 15 years of collaboration, and trying to infiltrate to the vocal and imaginative contents of the text. They are searching new ways of editing their own body languages with a new texture. Kaplan and Sızanlı are analyzing the futuristic attitude in the Victory Over the Sun” over a choreographic sequencing with emphasizing the vocal material and composing a new spelling book over searching the movement of the sound.

Taldans is working through mathematical and architectural calculations, developing over the language and content; measuring the distance between words and music by using several rhythms and traditional Turkish music’s ‘usulpatterns and examining to develop the vocal material into variations. They are recomposing the sequences by corrupting the sequences that composes the content, searching ways to predict the language of the future by provoking the traditional language.

Taldans has no intention to create an opera or a theatre play while approaching this futuristic opera, aiming to chase after a dynamic and steamy fiction which is liberative in the language and the body, going through with the “Victory Over the Sun”, a piece that dreams and tells that “everything is possible in the impossibility”.

Victory Over the Sun, 21st Istanbul Theatre Festival
Yunus Emre Kültür Merkezi Müşfik Kenter Sahnesi, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, TR
25.November.2017 Saturday 20:30
26.November.2017 Sunday 15:00

For tickets and about the festival please click here


Dolap @Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, FR 19-22/10/2017

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An old fridge is anything but useless! In a well-structured trio with his partner Filiz Sizanli, Mustafa Kaplan transforms it in a surreal character. The ludicrous and dreamlike humor of an engineer and a former architect.

With their overflowing imagination, Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli recycled an old fridge and transformed it in a gym apparatus and a dance partner which is both an enemy and an accomplice. Around this “Dolap”, meaning wardrobe but also plot in Turkish, they’re tricked by some ludicrous and silly situations, like two furniture movers who’d step in the imaginary world of a child. Adults might grasp different metaphors…

Théâtre de la Ville, Espace Cardin Studio, Paris France
19 October 2017, Thursday  – 14:30
20 October 2017, Friday – 10:00
21 October 2017, Saturday – 17:00
22 October 2017, Sunday – 15:00

Please, click here for tickets and venue details.

Birdenbire! // Suddenly! @bomontiada ALT, Istanbul 23.Eyl/Sept.2017 15:00-22:00

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Köşeyi dönünce Taldans çıkabilir!

Festival kapsamında farklı mekanlarda ve farklı zamanlarda izleyici ile kısa süreli sürpriz karşılaşmalar yapacak olan Taldans 2003 yılında İstanbul’da Mustafa Kaplan ve Filiz Sızanlı tarafından kuruldu. Taldans’ın çıkış noktası İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları bünyesinde kurulan Tiyatro Araştırma Laboratuvarı’dır.

A Corner in the World X bomontiada Alt kapsamında gerçekleşen etkinlik ücretsizdir.
23.Eylül.2017 15:00-22:00
@bomontiada ALT, Bomonti, Istanbul


Taldans can come out of the corner!

Taldans is desiring to create short and surprise encounters with audiences in different places and at different times during the festival.

Taldans was founded by Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı in Istanbul in 2003. The starting point of Taldans is the Theater Research Laboratory, which was established inside the Istanbul Municipal Theater.

As part of A Corner in the World X bomontiada Alt, admission free.
23.September.2017 15:00-22:00
@bomontiada ALT, Bomonti, Istanbul

600 Steps Project

Concept: Taldans
Creation: Filiz Sızanlı (TR), Mustafa Kaplan (TR), Kürşad Özdemir (TR), Iza Szostak (P), Karol Tymiński (P), Wojtek Ziemilski (P), Zorka Wollny (P)
Supported by: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Prof. Dr. Nezih Orhon, Eskisehir Anadolu University Faculty of Communication
Project Director: Fırat Kuşçu
Thanks to: Salt Galata
Premiere: September 28, 2014, Body/Mind Festival, Poland

600 Steps Project is a project by Taldans, which was established by the Turkish dancer and choreographers Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı. 600 Steps Project is an exchange to mark the 600th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between Poland and Turkey (2014). The project aims to explore the themes of cities and the memories of two cities in particular: Istanbul and Warsaw.

The interdisciplinary project was carried out by dancers, musicians, choreographers, a composer and an architect/designer. The project was created together by Filiz Sızanlı, Mustafa Kaplan, Kürşad Özdemir, Iza Szostak, Karol Tymiński, Wojtek Ziemilski and Zorka Wollny.

The artists worked in urban spaces as well as in the studio where they experienced and explored the city as collectors. As a result, the viewers are able to see different kinds of installations of found-objects from the two cities, accompanied by performances which allow for a closer meeting with the artists.

The Phases of the Project:

– In August 2013, two artists from Istanbul – Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı of Taldans, worked in Warsaw. For the first four days of their stay, the duo explored the city and later organized blind dates with Polish artists. After working separately, the established group collaborated together on the final project during a three-day workshop.
– In February 2014, four Polish artists traveled to Istanbul for a ten-day residency. For the first four days, they lived  in different parts of the city to explore it on their own. Following that, the whole group gathered together at SALT Galata in order to brainstorm 600 new ways of exploring the city.
– All the artists met in Warsaw for another one-week residency. At the end of their stay, the final project was represented at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, on 28 September 2014 as part of the Body/Mind Festival.
– The final production was also presented at SALT Galata for Istanbul audience on 30 October 2014.

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Past Performances:
Sept’ 2014 / Body/Mind Festival, Warsaw, Poland
Oct’ 2014 / Salt Galata, Istanbul, Turkey

We Need To Move Urgently @The Blob presents: Body Double – Stockholm Istanbul

The Blob presents: Body Double – Stockholm Istanbul


21.May.2016, Sat 18:00
22.May.2016, Sun 17:00
@MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30, Stockholm, Sweden
for tickets please click here

We Need To Move Urgently

“There is a beautiful mess outside, how can you stay in?” is written on a city wall. “We need free space not castle dreams” says another wall text.

This project initially began by questioning the responsibility and role of art and science in current society. Later the process was subjected to a forceful social event that changed the course of the work- the events in Gezi park in Istanbul in 2013.

It was only one in a series of many deep social -and artistic- upheavals in the past years, from New York over Brazil or Lisbon to Istanbul. They gave rise to thousands of spontaneous ideas, initiatives and gave birth to a temporary social order that organized itself. Social cybernetics in the making.

Objects gathered from various cities, prompted us, as three individual performing ,artists, to relate to the events. Back in the studio, they became materials for an analogue spatial and mental model where we could grasp the processes and work in a free space. A model to zoom in and out from.

Taldans Taldans’ı Anlatıyor Ankara’da @CerModern, 29.04.2016 20:00


Taldans Taldans’ı Anlatıyor
Anlatımlı Performans, 60dk
Konsept ve Performans: Mustafa Kaplan, Filiz Sızanlı

Taldans’ın yaklaşık 20 yıllık geçmişini anlatmak üzere yola çıktığı projede, Mustafa Kaplan ve Filiz Sızanlı kendi “repertuarlarında” bir yolculuk yapıyorlar ve repertuar fikriyle oynuyorlar.

Bu “Anlatımlı Performans”da projelerinde tartışmalarını ve araştırmalarını, ilişki içinde oldukları ve ortaklık yaptıkları sanatçıları paylaşıyorlar.

Eskiye ait olan bir bilgiyi nasıl güncelleriz, bugünden eskiye nasıl bakarız, geçmişi nasıl bugün yaparız sorularını soruyorlar. Var olan eski oyunlarını anlatan video, metin ve dansların bazı parçalarını alıp performatif bir yaklaşımla yeniden kurguluyorlar. Kaplan ve Sızanlı, Taldans hakkında bilgi veren ve bu bilgiyi oyunlaştıran bir yaklaşımla karşımıza çıkıyorlar.

CerModern: Altınsoy Cad. No:3 06101 Sıhhiye, Ankara, Türkiye
Saat: 20:00
Biletler: 20 TL
Biletler adresinde ve CerModern‘de.