Cirklo is Esperanto for circle; Esperanto being the international language designed to enhance intercultural communication. The production Cirklo revolves around diverse cultures and communication between various styles of dance and music.
The round, whirling shapes of dervish dance collide and merge with the strict, rhythmical lines of a twirler. Dervishes are known for their spinning dance movements which transport them into a mystical trance. Krisztina de Châtel is fascinated by the trance which the whirling dervish dance evokes. The rigid, rectilinear structure of twirling also forms a source of inspiration in De Châtel’s new work.
The performance revolves around composer David Dramm’s new work which connects Sufi and electronic music. Ancient times, old and faraway cultures and contemporary music come together as in a spiral movement. The result is energetic and mesmerizing, which forms the impetus for the majorette’s twirling batons and dervishes’ perpetual motion. Traditional Turkish poems, connected with Sufi music, will be sung in a mix of improvisation and composition. David Dramm’s new work will be performed live on traditional and modern instruments.
premiere 22 May 2008, Sloterplas, Amsterdam
choreography Krisztina de Châtel, Massim Molinari
dance Daniel Costa, David Essing, Corneliu Ganea, Francesca Monti, Sita Ostheimer, Joe Stöberl, Davide Cocchiara, Dorry Aben
derwishes Oruç Sürücü en Tahsin Sürücü
twirler Sabina Hoogendijk
music David Dramm
musicians Anne La Berge (flutes, electronics), Naomi Sato (saxophone, shô), Pete Saunders, (trombone), Christiaan Saris (percussion), Bart de Vrees (percussion), Behsat Uvez (baglama, ud, percussion and vocals), Mehmet Uludag (baglama and vocals)
lightdesign Pelle Herfst and Tom Verheijen of Rapenburg Plaza
photography Leo van Velzen