Youth with no boundaries
Kadir "Amigo" Memis on aggression and how digital culture
and youth slang influence each other.
Why do we use the creative potential of language to exclude, denounce and hurt others? And why do exactly these acts sometimes feel so good? In close cooperation with composer Ketan Bhattidas, Kadir "Amigo" Memis investigates youth slang and language codes in his newest production "Kellerkinder". His starting point is the gathered experience of youth from a school context, the streets and the digital realm. Five performing artists and one live-musician transfer the destructive power of words onto a linguistic and a bodily reflection, a battle of Rap and Urban dance.Production: Kadir "Amigo" Memis. Kooproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer.Gefördert aus Mitteln des Hauptstadtkulturfonds.Unterstützt durch: Pletzinger, iriedaily, Nike & Onitsuka Tiger.
"Red Bull Anadolu Break" - Sahne Gösterisi
Anadolu dansları ile breakdans, sahnede buluşuyor.
Sokağın ruhundan doğan breakdans ile toprağın gücünü yansıtan Anadolu dansları, Red Bull Anadolu Break dans gösterisi ile aynı sahnede buluşuyor. Sanat yönetmenliğini ünlü dans topluluğu Flying Steps’in kurucusu ve koreograf Kadir Memiş, diğer adıyla Amigo tarafından üstlenilen sıradışı füzyon gösterisi, modern ile gelenekselin birlikteliğinden doğan rengarenk dansların ve kültürün hikayesini, benzersiz bir koreografiyle sahneye taşıyacak.
Temelleri Eylül 2014’te, Amigo (Kadir Memiş) ile dünyanın en iyi breakdansçılarından Neguin ve Roxrite’ın gerçekleştirdiği Anadolu Break Belgeseli ile atılan proje, Anadolu topraklarında asırlardır icra edilen ve bugün artık gelenekselleşmiş hale gelen halk oyunları ile tüm dünyada her geçen gün yükselişini sürdüren breakdansın modern figürlerini bir araya getiriyor. Belgesele konu olan sıra dışı yolculuk boyunca yaşadıkları deneyimlerden ve öğrendiği oyunlardan etkilenen alan Amigo, Anadolu halk oyunlarından aldığı ilhamı breakdans ile harmanlayarak Red Bull Anadolu Break dans gösterisini oluşturdu.
2014’teki belgesel çekimlerinin hemen ardından yapılan dansçı seçmeleri ile 4 B-Boy, 1 B-Girl, 1 modern dansçı ve 2 geleneksel dansçıdan oluşan sahne ekibi tamamlandı.
Aydan Uysal / Bora Günebakan (Boris) / Eftal Dirlik / Ferhat Düz (B.Boy Fero) / Mehtap Çınar / Miktat F. Yılmaz / Ozan Karabağ ve Salih Karagöz dans ekibini oluşturuyor.
Gösterinin müzik direktörülüğünü Türkiye asıllı Berlinli besteci Nevzat Akpinar müziklerin aranjörlüğünü ise yerli hip hop sahnesinin usta ‘beat-maker’ı Da Poet üstleniyor. Gösterinin kostümleri ise DB Berdan markası yaratıcıları olan Deniz Berdan ve Begüm Berdan’a emanet edildi. Ege Üniversitesi Halk Oyunları Bölümü kostüm arşivi üzerinde yaptıkları incelemelerin ardından tasarımcılar, aldıkları ilhamla geleneksel motiflerin modernize edildiği kostümler hazırladı.
Red Bull Anadolu Break sahne gösterisi 9 Ekim’de prömiyerini İstanbul’da yaptıktan sonra, 10 Ekim’de İstanbul’da, 11 Ekim’de Ankara’da, 13 Ekim’de Eskişehir’de, 15 Ekim’de İzmir’de, 17 Ekim’de ise Antalya’da izleyicilerle buluşacak. Red Bull Anadolu Break gösterisi için özel olarak sınırlı sayıda üretilen Red Bull kutuları ise raflarda yerlerini aldı.
5 şehirde izleyiciyle buluşacak olan Red Bull Anadolu Break dans gösterisiyle ilgili ayrıntılı bilgi için: www.redbull.com/anadolubreak
fotografci: ERAY EREN
RED BULL ANADOLU BREAK MOVIE
A journey into the spirit of dance and Anatolia.
In Anadolu Break, one of the most talented break dancers of the world, the Brazilian Neguin from Red Bull BC One All Stars and the American Roxrite, meet the founder of the prestigious break dance team Flying Steps. Amigo (Kadir Memiş) who recently did an opera adaptation of Fatih Akın’s Head-On.
Anadolu Break is the story of these three dancers who embark on a journey to Anatolia to discover regional dances. From Istanbul to Aydın, Antalya to Kars, they go on a road trip that will make them discover the unique understanding and perceptions of the world that is specific to Anatolian people.
Amigo, Neguin and Roxrite, with their experience as B-Boy, then partake in a one-of-a-kind adventure through their interaction with local people and by way of rituals and cultural habits. Anadolu Break is ultimately a fusion film that seeks to understand interaction between generous cultural and artistic exchange.
- Director: TAYLAN MUTAF, ULUÇ KEÇİK
- Screenplay : KADİR MEMİŞ (AMİGO)
- Story : DENİZ GÜL
- Cinematography : ARTHUR MULHERN
- Editing : MEHMET ABANOZ
- Music : DA POET, HEADROOM ISTANBUL
- Cast : FABIANO CARVALHO LOPES (NEGUİN), OMAR OSWALDO DELGADO MACİAS (ROXRITE), AMIGO
- Consultant : ABDÜRRAHIM KARADEMIR
- Producer : HAKAN YILDIZ
- Production Co.: RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE, AUTOBAHN PRODUCTIONS,
- ULUÇ KEÇİK PRODUCTION
- Distributor : RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
Premiere at " IF FILM FESTIVAL ISTANBUL 2015" on 16.2.2015
Premiere 24.Juni.2014 HAU1, Goethe Institut Jakarta
For „Cabdance“ the choreographers Amigo aka Kadir Memis and Jecko Siompo deal with dance in limited spaces. They pick out lack of privacy in the Asian region as a central theme and put it in contrast with the way of life in Germany and the sense of privacy according to that.
Jecko Siompo originally comes from Papua Indonesia where he grew up with a diversity of local dance traditions and tribal culture. He moved to Jakarta to study dance at the Jakarta Institute of The Arts. He immersed himself in Ballet and Streetdance. The further he was away from Papua the more he seemed to understand its traditions and he started not only to explore his own dance culture but in addition to that also to connect his tribal dance backround with „western“ hiphop culture. Jecko went to New York in 1999 to absorb more of the fascinating foreign danceform that appeared so familiar to him. He became known for his unique danceform called „ Animal Pop“ in which he mixes typical animal movements from monkeys or kangaroos for example with Popping elements. In his latest theater piece „We came from the East“ he turns dance history upside down by proclaiming Hip Hop was born in Indonesia.
In opposition to Jeckos backround Amigo grew up in a small village called Bilecik in West Anatolia Turkey. His parents left him with some relatives and moved to Germany to escape poor countrymens life. Meanwhile little 10 years old Amigo worked as a shepard with a violent uncle who often punished him for mistakes he made. The silent boy oscillated between domestic violence and a peaceful life surrounded by nature. Finally his parents could affort to bring Amigo to Berlin/Germany. The uprooted boy that didn`t understand a word of the foreign language became silent in school. Only when he came in contact with other kids dancing on the streets the ice started melting. They tried to copy dancemoves from a film called „Beatstreet“ that had a great impact on the children. He never stopped dancing ever since and after years he finds himself as a professional dancer. For his dancetheater he gets off the main tracks of so called original Hip Hop which he considers to be boring after so many years of doing Battles and he tries something new by merging his own traditional Turkish dance culture with Hip Hop elements. In „Zeybreak“ he blends a very old and slow Turkish dance called Zeybek with Breaking elements. He keeps on developing that new invented style and still goes deeper. In his latest play „HüZün“ he explores the definition of manhood by deconstructing not only masculine gestures but also different aspects of upbringing that shapes bahaviour and the way of thinking.
- Konzept / Choreografie: Kadir "Amigo" Memis & Jecko Siompo
- Tanz: Laura Böttinger, Ismaera Takeo Ishii, Siti Ajeng Anggrek Fatimah,
- Yohozua Karma, Nindya Putri Catur Permatasari, Arisma Ranisa, Ichi, Amigo, Jecko Siompo
- Dramaturgie: Jochen Roller
- Bühne: Christian Necker
- Kostüm: Judith Adam
- Videodesign: Rain Kencana
- Musikalische Leitung: Nevzat Akpinar / Andreas Weiser
- Lichtdesign: Sebastian Zamponi
- Produktions-leitung: Christian Haase
- Künstlerische Assistenz: Tanja Engel
- Produktion: Kadir “Amigo” Memis. Koproduktion: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Goethe-Institut Indonesien. Gefördert durch den Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten und das Nationale Performance Netz (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags.
Im Hebbel am Ufer trifft bei „Cabdance“ Tradition auf HipHop
Veröffentlicht am 23.06.2014, Autor Volkmar Draeger in Leute
Von Katzen und HundenDie expressiven Tanzstil-Mixer Kadir Amigo Memis und Jecko Siompo gastieren mit "Cabdance" im HAU1.Am Anfang stehen die beiden HipHop-Heroen selbst auf der Bühne des Hebbel-Theaters (HAU 1).Da ist zum Einen: Jecko Siompo, aufgewachsen in Papua, der in Jarkata nicht zum Musikstudiumzugelassen wurde, weil er keine Noten lesen konnte und stattdessen die traditionellen Tänze Javasund Sumatras studierte. Ende der 1990er Jahre entdeckte er in New York die Parallelen zwischenHipHop und den ihm vertrauten, alten Tänzen und hat daraus einen eigenen HipHop-Stil geschaffen,den Animal Pop, in dem er Bewegungen von Affen und Kängurus mit Elementen des Popping mixt....
von Michaela Schlagenwerth - Berliner Zeitung 26.6.14
Die vierhändige Frau
von Katrin Betina Müller - TAZ 27.6.14
Fotos by: Nadja Klier ( Copyright )
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HAU2, Tanzhaus NRW, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Sha’irlie – this is not a Chaplin.
A piece by Kadir Amigo Memis
Charlie Chaplin is climbing over a wall and finds himself in a city. It is his arrival in an anonymous metropolis - divided Berlin - to a future full of hope, in a gray and futuristic space full of odd figures.
With Sha’irlie – this is not a Chaplin. Kadir “Amigo” Memis, dancer and choreographer of Turkish origin, pays homage to his great inspiration, Charlie Chaplin.
At the same time, the piece deals with the history of the first generation of Turkish migrant workers in Germany. Parallel to Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp”, many of them were confronted with topics such as labor-migration, social marginalization, poverty and isolation. It is the same dreams of well-being and happiness, love and self-fulfillment, which gave birth to the desire of many Gastarbeiter (guest-workers). Memis distinctly accentuates social critique and finely weaves situational humor and abstraction together to create the tragicomedy of the “little man on main street”, without recurring to pathos and self-pity at any point. Scenes such as the ones at the job center, inside the factory or in a boxing match are derived from Chaplin’s work, but could equally well be set in a different era and reality.
Inspired by the language of movement of the early Chaplin, but also by his fascination for the works of surrealist painter Magritte, Kadir Memis creates a dance performance, which playfully combines Hip Hop and urban dance styles with contemporary dance. Kadir Memis becomes Charlie Chaplin, but his alter ego “Amigo” is also on stage, just like the different facets of the small Charlot, Magritte’s man with a bowler hat, or of the Gastarbeiter.
Hyoung-Min Kim, Luc Reboullet and Patrick “Patrock” from Bardeleben support Memis, become both his antagonists and allies, while meeting each other during the daily struggle for recognition, money, labor and the desire for love.
PREMIERE: January 24th 2013, 9 p.m. at HAU 2 – Hebbel am Ufer Berlin 2
Concept / Choreography: Kadir Amigo Memis
Dancers: Patrick Patrock von Bardeleben, Hyoung-Min Kim, Luc Reboullet, Amigo
Composition / Live music: Baglama: Nevzat Akpinar
Dramaturgy: Célestine Hennermann
Video design: Rain Kencana
Sound design: Dj Illvibe
Light design: Roger Irman
Stage design: Tore Rinkveld
Costumes: Jale Kustalouglu
Assistant director: Christina Damasko
Production management: Marta Hewelt
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.
Co-production partner: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, tanzhaus NRW, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
kindly supported by Tanzwerkstatt Berlin
THE SOLDIER’S STORY
Junge Oper (young opera) Stuttgart
With musicians of the state orchestra, actors and dancers
A soldier sells his violin and his soul to the devil to obtain a magic book, which both predicts the future and brings him great wealth.
Musicians of the state orchestra, the actor Thomas Kellner as narrator, soldier and devil, as well as the dancer Kadir “Amigo” Memis, who has developed a style of his own between Hip Hop and expressive dance, together play Igor Strawinsky’s fascinating piece of traveling theater.
Holger Koch (violin), Michael Sistek (c ontrabass), Stefan Jank (clarinet), Ulrich Hermann (bassoon), Andreas Spannbauer (trumpet), Bernhard Leitz (trombone), Christoph Wiedmann (drums)
June 29th 2012, 7 p.m.
Musical direction: Stefan Schreiber,
Stage direction: Barbara Tacchini,
Stage: Benno Brösicke, Kerstin Hägele,
Narrator / soldier: Thomas Kellner,
Devil (choreography and dance): Kadir "Amigo" Memis,
Musicians of the state orchestra Stuttgart
Foto Credits for Gecshichte von Solfaten : A.T. Schaefer
Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (premiere April 28th 2012 / HAU 2 )
* SIDE BY SIDE FESTIVAL 2012 - nomination „Maktub“
* PEARLS 2012 Films Festival Berlin DOCK11 „Maktub“
Kadir „Amigo“ Memis & Andrea Böge with their piece “Maktub” showcase a duet, the starting point of which is Hip Hop and which Böge blends with Flamenco, while Amigo (who was born in Turkey) virtuously combines it with Zeybek, a traditional Turkish dance form. Here, the question of cultural origins is elegantly posed through employing this very diverse dance forms. At the same time, the play is about the relation between woman and man
Premiere: April 28th 2012
HAU2, Liteside Festival Amsterdam, Tafelhalle Nürnberg
Kadir Memis alias Amigo is particularly known for his work as a Hip Hop choreographer with the group “E*Motion”. Their piece “2nd ID” was invited to the event Tanzplattform 2008 and afterwards toured all over Germany and Europe. In 2009, he also developed the duet “Zeybreak” as a co-production together with Ballhaus Naunynstraße, which was described as “Breakdance having finally grown up”. His latest group performance “Hüzün” deals with the role of man in patriarchal societies. Within a decisive side thread of a story, Kadir Memis also deals with the specifically Turkish state of mind of “Hüzün”, which can be translated as the emotion of tristesse. However, Hüzün also represents a collective melancholia, which is primarily a constituent part of Turkish sense of music, a form of poetry and approach to life.
Starting with his own biography, Amigo reflects the different steps of becoming a man in life between Germany and Turkey, which he perceives as a state of constant melancholy. Together with an ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians of different ages and nationalities, he finds the underlying cause of this question, while Hip Hop as a transnational culture poses as the focal point.
Choreography and concept: Kadir Memis alias Amigo
Acting: Cetin Ipekkaya / Serpil Simsek / Natascha Paulick
Dance: Andrea Böge / Louis Becker / Kadir Memis
Rap: Bektas Turhan
Music : Nevzat Akpinar / Andreas Weiser
Light design: Roger Irman
Stage design: Andrej von Schlippe
Dramaturgy: Zula Lemes
Composition: Nevzat Akpinar & Vincent von Schlippenbach (Dj Illvibe )
Assistant director: Natascha Paulick
Costumes: Floriana Gavriel
Text adaptation: Hülya Karci
Video: Rain Kencana
Head of production: Joachim Goldschmidt
Hüzün is a co-production with HAU Berlin and was funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.
Foto Credit: Nadja Klier
"GEGEN DIE WAND"
Junge Oper (young opera) Stuttgart
Opera by Ludger Vollmer
based on Fatih Akin’s movie of the same name
From the age of 14 up (8th grade)
In both German and Turkish language with German surtitles.
She wants to live, dance, be free! Behind the façade of a marriage of convenience with the Turk Cahit, the young Turkish-German Sibel hopes for a self-determined life of her own making. Full of hunger for life and love she plunges into a period of drugs and affairs. However, Cahit falls in love with Sibel.
Composer Ludger Vollmer wrote the first opera in Turkish and German. He uses both classical orchestral instruments as well as traditional Turkish instruments such as Kaval and Saz to create a music bursting of energy, which mirrors Sibel’s painful interior and exterior quest for home.
No more performances in this repertory season.
FAUSTPREISTRÄGER (WINNER OF THE FAUST AWARD) 2011
Director Neco Çelik has been awarded the German Theater award DER FAUST for his directing in Ludger Vollmer’s opera Head On in the category “Child- and Youth Theater” in Frankfurt. This well-renowned recognition was awarded by the Hessian prime minister Volker Bouffier, the Hessian Minister for science and art Eva Kühne-Hörmann, as well as Frankfurt’s mayor Petra Roth. The production by Junge Oper Stuttgart premiered in June 2010 and has been put back onto the stage in October 2011 due to its great success.
TEAM AND CAST
Musical design and direction: Hans Christoph Bünger,
Director: Neco Çelik,
Choreography: Kadir "Amigo" Memis,
Stage design and costumes: Rifail Ajdarpasic, Ariane Isabell Unfried,
Dramaturgy: Barbara Tacchini
Sibel: Tereza Andrasi, Cahit: Levent Bakirci, Yilmaz / Hüseyin:Svetislav Stojanovic, Selma: Catherine Cangiano, Birsen:Trine Øien, Yunus: Thomas Fleischmann, Niko: Carlos Zapien, Dancer: Sonia Santiago, Sebastian Petrascu, Onur Yildirim, project Choir and project orchestra of Junge Oper
Premiere June 10th 2010
Foto Credits : A.T. Schaefer
Setting out from his own biography, Amigo approaches a tradition from his birthplace and cultural origin, which is unknown in Western Europe. Travelling to Turkey, he was able to learn from the masters of the Zeybek rite. This traditional dance of the Zeybeks plays out as an allegory for his origins in a village of Western Anatolia, while Hip Hop stands for his identity within Berlin’s urbanity.
Within his first full-length piece, Zeybreak, Amigo merges these two dance styles - including all their similarities and differences – to create a new style: “Zeybreak”.
Together with his alter ego, Yavuz Topuz alias “Risc One”, he shows his inner turmoil, as well as his newly gained identity. Both parts together have equally contributed to the formation of something new.
This hybrid and intermediate space is interpreted by the compositions of Saz-virtuoso Nevzat Akpinar. Building on both European and Anatolian musical traditions, Akpinar lets the rhythmic structures of Zeybek and Hip Hop melt into one: century-old musical measures and counts meet urban beats.
Choreography: Kadir „Amigo“ Memis
Composition: Nevzat Akpinar
Dramaturgy: Zula Lemes
Stage design: Justus Saretz
Visual Concept: Rain Kencana
Light design: Roger Irmann
Costumes: Monique van den Bulck
Advisor: Tuncay Kulaoglu
Curator: Shermin Langhoff
Premiere at Ballhausnaunynstrasse on January 1st 2009