“Woman Running with the River”
The Myth of the River
A dancetheatre piece by Gonca Gümüşayak
Accademia Teatro Dimitri – Master of Arts in Physical Theatre, final production.
3 May 2019, 20.30 Premier and 4 May 2019, 18:00 @ Teatro Paravento, Locarno, Switzerland
Choreography, Concept: Gonca Gümüşayak
Performance: Gonca Gümüşayak, Lia Schädler, Martin Durrmann,
Video & Sound Editing: Adrien Borruat
External Eye: Evren Erbatur
Lights: Christoph Siegenthaler
Film assistant, Graphics: Silvia Sabogal
Technics: Adrien Borruat, Ayhan Malkoç
Music of Goran Bregovic, ‘Ederlezi’ song is referenced, sang by Vale Völcker in the film Music of Andrea Guerra ‘Una Lettare Mai Letta’ is referenced.
It is a dance theatre piece with no text. (+12 years old)
“Woman Running with the River” is about a new creation myth of humankind. The performance begins with an encounter of a woman and a man, starting from a learned patriarchal relationship. An unequal balance of power relation splits the woman’s integrity as a subject that makes her question and look for a change. She goes through a journey by the river where she discovers the equal ‘origin of life’. “The myth of the river” empowers her integrity. – Gonca Gümüşayak-
“The permanent quest of human has always been to question the creation, to understand the nature and the universe. By the help of myth, the fiction and the reality intersects. The performance proposes a journey full of images inspired by the symbolic aspects of the myth. The present, the past and the future were brought together to establish a new present. Different layers were constructed from the parts to the whole, from the surface to the deep, from the visible to the invisible. The effort in the realization of “The Woman Running with the River” is a critique of the dictator that effects human’s actions and thoughts internally and externally, and the patriarchal system which dominates it.” – Evren Erbatur-
Gonca Gümüşayak is a choreographer and contemporary dancer in field of physical theatre. She is a studied sociology and choreography, which makes her sensitive to social issues in her artistic creations. Since 2010 she initiated “Performance Planet”, where she creates performing arts project with collective of artists in İstanbul. Her early projects are “Hayali and Sureti”, “Liquid Politics”, “ Silent Scream”, “Re-birth”.
Evren Erbatur is a freelance dramaturge & lecturer who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. She especially works on dramaturgy of the body and creative physical expressions. She studies on her doctoral dissertation which is about embodiment and memory. She produces/performs her own projects as ; “Don’t Afraid of My Questions”, I Am Only a Dramaturge”, “False”, “The Voice of the Flesh”.
Martin Durrmann was born in France, studied physiotherapy. Since 2012 he has been performing as actor in improvisation theatre. He is studying Bachelors in Accademia Teatro Dimitri.
Lia Schädler is a physical theatre performer based in Basel. She has just been graduated from Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 2018. In 2014 she finished the bilingual high school specialized in music (transverse flute). She is investigation on finding a language where dance and circus can serve as the source of the creation of a theatrical piece.
Adrien Borratu is physical theatre artist and filmmaker, born in Switzerland. He finished high school of Art and Design of Geneva. He continues his studies at Accademia Teatro Dimitri.
Silvia Sabogal is filmmaker and graphic designer; She has graduated from SUPSI, Visual Communication Department, Lugano in 2018.
Thanks to research period of rehearsal team and the filming crew of
“Women Running with the River” (WRWR)
Director: Gonca Gümüşayak
Filming Crew: Silvia Sabogal, Teresa Caruso, Adrien Borruat, Gonca Gümüşayak.
Cast Film: Valea Völcker, Nina Giordano, Noemi Siraut, Marketa Pščolková, Martin Durrmann, Audrey Launaz, Clarissa Matter, Lia Schädler, Chloé Schach, Gonca Gümüşayak. Transportation: Francesco Saporito
Research Period Dancers: Makhina Dzhuraeva, Chloé Schach, Clarissa C. Matter.
Thanks to Supporters of the WRWR Stage project:
Accademia Teatro Dimitri, SUPSI, Master Campus Theatre CH, Fondazione PARS, Zonta Club di Locarno (Empowering Women Through Service & Advocacy)
Thanks to Scholarship of Study at Accademia Teatro Dimitri:
Special Thanks to: Staff of ATD, Corinna Vitale, Silviana Vogt, Marlies Baertschi, Michela Moro, Francesca Marcacci, Michela Ceroni, Steffi Mertzner, Luisa Braga, FUNDUS ATD, Richard Weihe, Beth Harris, Pavel Stourac, Dante Carbini, Ricki Maggi, Carmelo. Şirin Duruk, Evren Erbatur, Mirjami Heikkinen, Natalie Luder, Francesco, Ayhan, Lia, Martin, Adrien, Christoph Siegenthaler…
Graphics of Poster/ flyer: Silvia Sabogal , Graphics of Handout: Ayhan Malkoç
Photo by Gonca Gümüşayak, Model: Valea Völcker
Full Recording: 4 of May 2019 @Teatro Paravento- Locarno. Password: Stradon28Gonca
Solo Version: 14 June 2019, @Teatro Dimitri- Verscio.
“Woman Running with the River” is about a recreation myth of a woman self. The performance begins with an encounter of a woman dealing with her destructive part within herself, starting from her socially learned norms. An unequal balance of power relationship within herself splits her integrity as a subject that makes her question and look for a change. She goes through a journey by the river where she discovers the new equal ‘origin of life’. Everything starts within. “The myth of the river” empowers her back to her integrity her body mind and soul.
Solo version of ” Woman Running with the River” 10 mins.Women’s day.14th June
The performance begins with a woman meeting with her destructive part within herself, starting from socially learned norms. This splits her integrity as a subject that makes her question and look for change.