The first international performance art platform in Turkey to bring performance artists together, Performistanbul continues the season with new performances and collaborations in Istanbul and London. Following its successful launch at the beginning of 2016, the platform has been the pioneering organisation in Istanbul’s arts scene to support performance artists and foster performance art.
Founded by Simge Burhanoğlu, Performistanbul collaborates with foundations and institutions that share the same visionary ambition to support cutting edge performance practices, aiming to bring creative ideas to life, through finding funding and suitable venues for different projects, as well as producing site- specific performances. An active platform for supporting emerging talent, both national and international artists from different performance disciplines continue their work within the body of the organisation.
In March, the platform will continue to work on new projects in collaboration with the leading art institutions including Razzmatazz in London and Pera Museum in Istanbul.
Curated and Directed by Panicattack Duo (Naz Balkaya, Emilia Demetriou) and Dagmar Glausnitzer-Smith, RAZZMATAZZ is a platform for artists coming from varied backgrounds and disciplines to perform live action relating to their own practice. Taking in different locations twice a year, during October and March, Razzmatazz aims to provide performance art platforms for young, up and coming performance artists. Taking place at the ASYLUM, this March the 4th in series Razzmatazz is gathering 12 female artists from all over the world questioning the status of the female in the current global political climate. Two of the participating names are Performistanbul’s artists Ekin Bernay and Gülhatun Yıldırım. Last season, Performistanbul presented Ekin Bernay’s Mother and I and My Sandcastles and Gülhatun Yıldırım’s Water and You are Half Water.
The rest of the names include, Cristiana Zeta Rolla (ITA); Liz Ord (UK); Panicattack Duo (TUR, CYP); Anniken Weber (NOR); Zen Khalid (UK); Dagmar I. Glausnitzer Smith (GER); Katie Vowles, Xenya Genovese (UK); Lizzie Masterton (UK); Collette Patterson (UK) and Charlotte Lily Simpson (UK).