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Master Class with Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli

Taldans has been established in Istanbul by Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı in 2003. Kaplan and Sızanlı have created many independent and collaborative projects. Some of the projects they have created together are Sek Sek (2002), Solum (2005), Graf (2006) and Dokuman (2009).

Taldans was named after the Theater Research Laboratory (TAL) of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theater in which a movement-dance research unit was established by Mustafa Kaplan. A number of individuals who used these studios by the support of Ayla Algan and Beklan Algan have founded ÇATI (Contemporary Dance Artists) Association after leaving Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theater.

Mustafa KAPLAN (1965, Konya) started taking dance classes from Geyvan McMillan in Istanbul, where he had moved to study Electronics Engineering at Yıldız Technical University. Although he graduated, he never worked as an engineer. After dancing in the Modern Ballet Company between 1989-1992, he worked at the City Theater of Istanbul as a choreographer and dancer for about ten years. He is the co-founder of dance and performance companies such as Yeşil Üzümler, Dans Fabrikası, Taldans Company, and Çatı Association.

Filiz SIZANLI (1975, Eskisehir) graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture in 1997. She participated in various projects of Theater Research Laboratory of Istanbul Municipality Theater from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 she was among the co-founders of Çatı Association in a collective artist group. She worked on projects with Mathilde Monnier, Emmanuelle Hyunh, Yann Marussich and Mustafa Kaplan. In 2003 she found Taldans together with Mustafa Kaplan. Her choreographies in Taldans include “Üç Ayak” (2001), “Sek sek” (2003), “Graf” (2007), “Dokuman” (2009). Her solo pieces are “Solum” (2005) and “Site” (2010).

Other master classes in the series include:

  • Ron K. Brown, founder of the dance company Evidence, on March 2 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Kyle Abraham, choreographer and dancer with companies including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, and Kevin Wynn Collection, on March 6 at 4:30 p.m.

All master classes will be held in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio.

Event Information


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

4:30 PM

Master Classes are open to all University students.
Free and no pre-registration necessary.
Observers welcome.


Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street




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