A male dancer laying under a refrigerator on its corner as a female dancer climbs on top, with legs dangling over the edge.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30PM

Turkish duo Taldans—Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan—will perform Dolap, a work featuring the two dancers and a full-size refrigerator. First performed in 2000 and born from the simple task of carrying the fridge from one location to another, the piece features unlikely and precarious movements as Sizanli and Kaplan manipulate the appliance almost as a third performer. Staged in the EMPAC Lobby, the performance creates a stark environment for the audience to engage with the strenuous physical action required to move a heavy appliance in a controlled, elegant manner.

Taldans was formed at the Theater Research Laboratory (Tiyatro Araştırma Laboratuvarı) in Istanbul, Turkey, and takes its name from the dance program founded at the center by directors Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan. Regarded as one of the boldest choreographic teams in Turkey, the duo has worked together for over 20 years. In addition to this performance, Taldans will be at EMPAC for a residency in Studio 1. They will work with EMPAC’s technical team and infrastructure to further develop the choreographic, stage, and audio elements of their work.

Dance scholar and curator Noémie Solomon will facilitate a conversations with the artists following the performance. Refreshments will be served. 

Main Image: Taldans, Dolap. Photo: EMPAC/Sara Griffith.

A woman lying upstage of a man laying across a refrigerator at a 45 degree angle about to tip over.

Taldans, Dolap.

Isabelle Meister

Dates + Tickets

Thursday 24
7:30 PM
October 2019
$20 / $15 — RPI Students Advance Tickets $6, EMPAC+ FREE
Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2019

Event Type



EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.