Karama HRFF hosts Ziya Azzazi, a Turkish choreographer and dancer, who integrates his knowledge of traditional dance with his personal artistic sensibilities.
As Karama HRFF aims to present a mixture of different art forms in order to intersect with the core of Human Rights, a communicative dance program is integrated within the festival to express the spirituality of the theme. During this program, artists and performers will present alternative types of music and dance.
“Dervish in Progress” –
Awaiting us at the threshold of the last door of Sufism, Discernment, Azzazi will transform his indispensable skirts into his dance partner, a cape and a cover for him to hide behind. His repetitive whirls are meant to increase both our physical awareness and meditative enlightenment.
About the Artist: Ziya Azazi was born in Antakya, Turkey. Studied at Mining Faculty in Istanbul Technical University between 1986 and 1991, where he also studied gymnastics. From 1990 to 1994, he created his first choreographic works in the State Theatre of Istanbul. Having put on stage his solo performance, “Unterwegs Tabula Rasa”, in Vienna in 1999, he was awarded with a scholarship by Summer Dance Week Vienna (Dance Web), and he was entitled “The Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year in Austria” by the Ballet International Magazine. Azazi started to explore the traditional dance of the Sufis in 1999.