Pillow Talk

    15/05  | 17:00 - 22:00
    16/05  | 17:00 - 22:00
    17/05  | 17:00 - 22:00
    18/05  | 15:00 - 20:00
    19/05  | 15:00 - 20:00
    20/05  | 17:00 - 22:00

€ 14 / € 11
50 min

Begüm Erciyas works in her performances with the power of the voice and the act of speaking. After the successful Voicing Pieces, this year she presents a new creation that focuses on the experience of the voice as an uncanny medium. Because, although we use it to express our personal convictions and feelings, in the digital age we are often in doubt about who is speaking: is it a person or a machine? This doubt and this conviction alternate constantly in Pillow Talk. Spread over a hilly landscape, the public enters into a dialogue with a virtual conversation partner. An artificial voice functions as a mediator, a companion and a mirror. While conversations are being constructed one word at a time, impressions are being shared, naps are being taken and time passes, Pillow Talk invites you to engage in an intimate relationship with the non-human.

Concept & direction: Begüm Erciyas
Scenography: Elodie Dauguet
Light design: Jan Maertens
Sound design: Adolfina Fuck
Interface developer: Ruben van de Ven
Dramaturgy: Marnix Rummens
Script collaboration: Adolfina Fuck, Katja Dreyer, Dennis Deter, Hermann Heisig, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Artistic advice: David Weber-Krebs
Research support: Robert M. Ochshorn, Holger Heissmeyer, Ewa Bankowska, Jozef Wouters, Diego Agulló, Vincent Roumagnac, Taro Inamura, Michael Spranger 
Production & PR: Barbara Greiner
Assistant: Špela Tušar

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS
Production: Begüm Erciyas, Platform 0090
Supported by: the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, STUK (Leuven), Next Festival International, PACT Zollverein (Essen), Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers
Research support: wp-Zimmer (Antwerp), Q-O2 Brussels, Saison Foundation (Tokyo)
Funded by: Berlin Senate, Department for Culture and Europe and Flemish Community, Ministry of Culture
With the support of:  Buda (Kortrijk)

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Begüm Erciyas (b. 1982) studied molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, where she became a member of [laboratuar], a performing arts project and research group. She then graduated from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). In 2006, she received the danceWEB scholarship and since then has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations. Begüm Erciyas was resident at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, at the K3 – Centre for Choreography in Hamburg and at Tanzwerkstatt Berlin. In 2014, she was a fellow at Villa Kamogawa/Goethe-Institut Kyoto. Her recent works include Ballroom (2010), this piece is still to come (2012) and A Speculation (2014) en Voicing Pieces (2017).

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