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Performance by Begüm Erciyas
In the frame of 8th Tanznacht Berlin 2014

Throughout the history of hypnosis the body was continuously employed as the object of scientific inquiry and was the subject of spectacular performance demonstrations. Begüm Erciyas traces this history and in doing so reflects on the hypnotic condition of presence-absence and what it produces on stage. In contradiction to the widespread belief that hypnosis is like sleep, recent research suggests that it is rather a waking condition of focused attention and suggestibility. Using hypnotic suggestion, Hypnosis takes performer and public on imaginary journeys, interwoven with moments of collective memory. How do we deal with questions of authenticity and fabrication when we can only experience worldwide events through the media? How do we deal with the permanent state of unknowing? Hypnosis explores hopes and failures and searches for insights behind appearances and in the body.

Choreography: Begüm ErciyasPerformers: Hermann Heisig, Nils Ulber, Joséphine Evrard.Lighting design: Henning Eggers. Hypnosis advisor: Rosemarie Dypka. Production: Barbara Greiner, Ann-Kathrin Reimers. HYPNOSIS is a Begüm Erciyas production supported by the Berlin Major’s Office – Chancellery of the Berlin Senate Cultural Department. The first version (“The Lake” 2011) was co-produced by Kampnagel Hamburg and supported by the Hamburg Department of Culture, PACT Zollverein and the Theater School /AHK Amsterdam.

Begüm Erciyas

Begüm Erciyas studied molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, where she became a member of [Laboratuar], a performing arts project and research group. She graduated from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). In 2006, she received the danceWEB scholarship and since then has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations. Begüm Erciyas was resident at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, at the K3 – Centre for Choreography in Hamburg and at Tanzwerkstatt Berlin. In 2014, she was a fellow at Villa Kamogawa / Goethe-Institut Kyoto. Her recent works include “Ballroom” (2010), “MATCH” (2011), “this piece is still to come” (2012), and “A Speculation” (2014).  http://www.begumerciyas.com