Harman

A moving and powerful performance in four pieces by a group of talented dancers. The up and coming dance company, Ceyda Tanc, has influence of traditional Turkish folk dance that combines beautifully with a contemporary approach. Choreographed and artistically directed by the eponymous Ceyda Tanc, this is an impressive piece of work.

A moving and powerful performance in four pieces by a group of talented dancers.

The company is formed of professional dancers and there is also a piece by their Brighton based youth company formed from various schools in the area. These young performers start with their piece Yol, a work that is influenced by the idea of nomadic living and uses solos, duets and large groups to convey a sense of community.

A duet, Patika, was where two extremely talented dancers really came into their own, building an intense atmosphere and the kind of relationship which had been less developed in the earlier works. Their interaction in this piece is perfect and they appear to move as one. One of the dancers is wrapped in a long grey train, which flows solemnly with her movements and dramatically sweeps off the stage.

The piece that stood out was the last, Volta, which has a haunting original score composed by Orchestar. In Turkish prisons it’s extremely disrespectful for an inmate to turn their back on another during a walking exercise. The dance took this idea as its influence to create a dramatic, intense and dark performance. They fully utilised The Spiegel Tent, making the most of the wooden floorboards to create primal diegetic sounds as they moved. The movements flow through the group at times, like ripples within water, creating an organic and beautiful effect.

This was a well conceived and meaningful performance, which I would certainly see again.

Reviews by Amber Gregory

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Upon the return from their tour in Turkey, Ceyda Tanc Dance perform a triple bill of work. The company focuses on creating cutting edge and dynamic contemporary dance works, with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Ceyda's heritage. The Brighton-based youth company, Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance, will also perform.