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): Pillow Talk
Begüm Erciyas works in her performances with the power of the voice and the act of speaking. After the successful Voicing Pieces, she presents a new creation that focuses on the experience of the voice as an uncanny medium. Because, although we use it to express our personal convictions and feelings, in the digital age we are often in doubt about who is speaking: is it a person or a machine? This doubt and this conviction alternate constantly in Pillow Talk. Spread over a hilly landscape, the public enters into a dialogue with a virtual conversation partner. An artificial voice functions as a mediator, a companion and a mirror. While conversations are being constructed one word at a time, impressions are being shared, naps are being taken and time passes, Pillow Talk invites you to engage in an intimate relationship with the non-human.