Ritual for a Sensitive Geography – 2018

Ritual for a Sensitive Geography

Taldans with Julie Nioche

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Concept & Performance: Filiz Sızanlı, Julie Nioche, Mustafa Kaplan

Music & Performance: Alexandre Meyer

Scenographic Look: Laure Delamotte-Legrand

Technical Manager: Max Potiron

Première: June 1st 2018 – TPE de Bezons / Centre d’art la Graineterie – Houilles, France

In our current geo-political context, what are the new rituals for encountering the unknown, coming together to affirm powerful, essential values which transcend borders?

Ritual for a sensitive geography is an invitation to audiences to tiptoe through the construction of their own borders, imaginary, psychic, sensitive and physical, which will be felt in these small group encounters.

Our bodies become our country.

What intercorporal policy are we trying to construct ?

Ritual for a sensitive geography is a series of 3 choreographic installations which allow us to see how each person portrays his or her body and relates to others. With dance movements and words, the dancers accompany the audience in their experiencing of these “choreographic objects,” choreographic practices, simple actions, even children’s games …

Somewhere between installation, performance and audience connection, these rituals address the issue of meeting through space, time and movement.

This project invites spectators to look at dance, to experience a certain state of listening, to be a co‑constructor of the ritual in which each presence has its own influence.The participants experience the building of their own territory, with their own way of reaching out to others.

Wanting to share these rituals of meeting is what Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan experienced at Gezi Park on the Place Taksim in Istanbul in 2013.

During a time of violence and repression in which the stakes are life itself, men and women create spaces for meetings and rallies to resist, to encourage exchanges between human beings: sharing a meal, reading to each other, sharing dances, receiving first aid, exchanging books, words, movements, looks. Propositions for rallies and other forms of sharing were organized by artists and citizens, creating a community based on tolerance and exchange.



A.I.M.E. – Association d’Individus en Mouvements Engagés – Nantes.

With collaboration of TALDANS – Istanbul


Théâtre Paul Eluard – TPE, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national pour la danse de Bezons

Le Grand R, scène nationale La Roche-sur-Yon

Atelier de Paris CDCN

Théâtre Onyx / scène conventionnée de Saint Herblain

Creation supported by Région Pays de la Loire, Loire Atlantique departement, City of Nantes and French State / DRAC Pays de la Loire

Past Performances
April’ 2019 / Le Grand R, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
March’ 2019 / Le Grand R, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
January’ 2019 / Trajectoires Festival – Théâtre Onyx, Nantes, France
July’ 2018 / NHS70 Festival / National Theater Wales, Wales, Great Britain
June’ 2018 / Festival June Events 2018, Paris, France
June’ 2018 / TPE de Bezons, Paris, France