This Piece Is Still To Come
You are both audience member and performer in this game-like performance. There will be no conclusions. You will witness the actions of past audiences, repeat them, and be challenged to recalibrate them, creating something new and different. Each new action opens the door for further repetition, in which things can be improved, changed, or completely eliminated. The documentation of each performance is integrated as audiovisual material in future performances. Collected recordings are replayed and re-recorded, gradually accumulating, rewriting the performance every time it is performed, making things appear, disappear or change shape. Each new audience is suspended at some middle point, knowing there is at least one more performance to come, for which the record of current acts will serve as foundation.
Begüm Erciyas was born in Ankara, Turkey, and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2010. While studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, Erciyas worked on several different dance projects and subsequently joined [laboratuar], a performing arts research and project group. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and received the 2006 DanceWeb scholarship. Since then, she has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations, and was an artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007-08, K3-Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg in 2009, and at the TanzWerkstatt Berlin in 2011. In 2012, she received stipends from the Berlin Senate and the Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin. She is the 2014 artist-in-residence at Villa Kamogawa / Goethe Institute Kyoto.
This Piece Is Still To Come is a production by Begüm Erciyas in co-production with 0090 Platform Antwerpen, STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven and funded by Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and the Berlin Senate Cultural Funds in the frame of the Tanzstipendium. Additional support has been provided by Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin and K3-Choreographic Center Hamburg.
The performance at EMPAC is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.