Begüm Erciyas (TR)
Begüm Erciyas (° ’82, Ankara) studied molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, and was engaged in various dance projects at the same time. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. Since then, she has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations, taking part in several collaborative projects. She was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, K3- Tanzplan Hamburg, TanzWerkstatt Berlin and at Goethe Institute Kyoto.
Her most recent pieces are Ballroom (presented in the frame of LOOPING 2010), MATCH (Tanz im August Berlin, 2011), this piece is still to come (Kampnagel Hamburg, 2012) and A Speculation (Hebbel am Ufer HAU, 2014). This last production was her first residence at BUDA Kortrijk.
Begüm Erciyas (TR) : Hugvie
“Hugvie” is an interface-pillow developed by an advanced robotics laboratory in Japan (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR)). It is a “human presence” transfer media that enables users to strongly feel the presence of a person.
In my upcoming piece, audience enters a horizontal landscape. They spread out and make themselves comfortable, each with a Hugvie. Audience and hugvie start a - partly scripted and partly unscripted - dialogue. They talk about the theatre and about the world. About the air inside and the sky outside. Sometimes they speak in unison. Sometimes they misunderstand each other. They repeat parts of the conversation. And sometimes, they just watch the ceiling.