ALTAR

A Can Bora & Ufuk Şenel collaboration

Text & Acting: Can Bora

Movement design: Ufuk Şenel

Stage & Costume design: Meltem Çakmak

Lighting design: Ayşe Sedef Ayter

Sound design: Gökcan Sanlıman

Light operator: Kenan Kılavun

Project team & Assistants: Melike Tekin, Hilmi Ahiska, Feyza Erkale, Mert Ali, Devrim Beytekin

In ALTAR, which is berika’s fifth stage production, Rüzgar, who is dying in a hospital, finds himself in a dumping ground in the threshold between the conscious and the subconscious, life and death. Rüzgar, who doesn’t want to be reincarnated again, journeys into his subconscious to resolve and clear the main knot in his story. In the play intervowen with comings and goings between the physical and the fantasy worlds, Rüzgar tracks down the concept termed as the source and discovers that it is our childhood. In this sense, ALTAR can be read as a modern version of Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

While exploring existential issues like being an LGBT individual and a creative dancer in Turkey, ALTAR mainly focuses on how our current state and personality “was constructed” and it questions the functionality of the patterns we create. By defending the idea that the important thing to get to know oneself is through our relationships, it lays the concept of relationships out on the table. It researches concepts like being seen, mirroring, envy and shame, existing and remembering.

ALTAR is not a theater play that was first written and then staged. Text writing, movement design and stage design were all completed simultaneously during an eight month rehearsal period.

Due to the collaborations formed by different disciplines together and at the same time, we choose to refer to ALTAR as a creation with a hybrid aesthetic instead of just a theater play or a dance performance.

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” – J. Campbell