Choreography: Korhan Basaran in collaboration with Prometheus Dance and local guest artists
Music: Kinan Azmeh
Lighting Desing: Tuce Yasmak
Project RAu connects audiences to the idea of cross-cultural oneness through multiple national and international presentations of dance. Scored with the music of Syrian composer Kinan Azmeh, RAu focuses on the sensitive and political subject matter of human migration. Through this collaborative work and the belief that Art is a window to the memory of experience, we shift focus from one of fear to one of understanding through our common sense of humanity. RAu will unfold through residencies in Boston, New York and Istanbul, The final work will reflect on the international refugee crisis through a message of action, re-calculation, and caring. As artists, our aim, at a minimum, is to provoke thought and discussion, and, at a maximum, to be a catalyst for change. To this end, Prometheus Dance has entered into a collaboration with Korhan Basaran and Kinan Azmeh, Project RAu, whose name – a take off on “Raw” – reflects an emphasis on spontaneity, change, growth, and “the process of becoming.” As the project progresses, RAu has had performances in the Boston, New York and in Turkey as separate componants. The task over the next year is to weave together a work created for the respective companies of dancers into one tapestry. Korhan Basaran will be in residence in Boston in March 2019 to hold master classes and create the final portion of project RAu with Prometheus Dance. With a grant from NEW MUSIC USA, the project ‘s Boston residency will culminate in open rehearsals, conversations about the creative process, art as a means of reconciliation and healing in times of political crisis, and performance. Members of the dance community who are involved in the master classes will have a chance to perform with the company. The final phase of this project will be performed in Boston, Istanbul and Ankara.
Korhan Basaran and RAu will be in residency October 15th-19, March 18-22. The final iteration of RAu will be premiered in full March 24, 2019 at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Korhan Basaran holds a BA from Bilkent University’s theater department and an MBA in art management from Yeditepe University, and began his dance career in Ankara with the State Ballet’s Modern Dance Company. Receiving a scholarship from the Cunningham Studio after arriving in NYC, he had the pleasure to dance with the Repertory Group of the Cunningham Company. He has studied and danced with various choreographers over the years in Istanbul and New York. Bringing out his voice, his work has been commissioned by Nimbus Dance Works, MMDC and Project 44 in NY and MDT and Akbank Sanat in Istanbul. He is excited to choreograph for the Boston Conservatory in October ’18 and looking forward to the upcoming season in collaboration with Prometheus Dance. http://korhanbasaran.com/
“RAu is when we are in our most vulnerable yet strongest, most determined, most ready state to challenge the self into a shift we can’t foresee. RAu is letting the experience take you to your new self, to the new transformed being, the new you. Therefore, the experience has to be genuine, true, and unique. No one can express another’s cry if they haven’t yet experienced their own scream. One cannot be affectionate to another before experiencing love within the self and for the self. RAu is knowing how you feel before you touch someone, and in order to understand how you feel, you have to take the step, go and touch the other and feel their heartbeat. When hearts beat as one, for the same great human cause we are one. Yet this must come without planning the outcome in advance, just allowing the moment to reshape you. This is when RAu happens, this is when you are RAu.”
RAu and Art:
“Steps, notes, paints, colors, words, even letters mean nothing if you aren’t truthful to your instincts and to your core. As new information for life is being sought out, so is information for the arts. RAu is when you are fool enough, yet dedicated enough to take that burden on yourself. To try and reshape yourself in order to transform what is all around you. The world is shaking again after two decades into the new century. A search for a new order must be a re-creation, Creation often takes the form of a “recreation artificielle”. A conflict for what is true rages. Therefore Art is War, bring it on. “
21 / 06 / 2018
As the Artistic Directors of Prometheus Dance, it is part of our mission to provoke thought and often create dance that functions on some level as an agent of change in the world. In 2002, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boston Center for the Arts Spotlight on Dance Series, we created Apokalypsis, a full evening length piece inspired by the Kosovo war and the displacement of refugees world wide. It made reference to the migration and denegration of Jewish and immigrant populations during World War II, and the issue remains as relevant today as it did then. The critical nature of this issue has surfaced again in the Middle East, affecting the entire world in a time of fear and overpopulation. We as artists have the opportunity to engage the public on a larger and more immediate scale. Therefore the company will be working with Korhan Basaran and Basaran’s company in Turkey on a project of Korhan’s creation addressing the Syrian refugee crisis happening in the world right now. Since the projects inception Turkey itself has come under extreme political strain. The world can turn on a dime these days and no one is excluded from the possibility of losing home, family and culture. We will continue our work to speak as one.
Project RAu is supported by The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Boston Cultural Council and New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.