Concept Development and Performance: Mihran Tomasyan – Saro Usta
Lighting Design for Stage: Cem Yılmazer
Lighting Design for Livestream: Yasin Gültepe
Lighting Technician: Yasin Gültepe
Sound Technician: Berkant ‘Doktor’ Kılıçkap
Livestream Directorial Support: Muhtar Pattabanoğlu, Melih Kıraç
Teaser: Muhtar Pattabanoğlu
Photo: Engin İriz
Poster Design: Alican Tezer
SAR is a performance by two friends who grew up together with the same culture in the neighbourhood of Kurtuluş in Istanbul. Wednesday, February 24, at 21:00 Turkish time, 19:00 Central European time SAR will be streamed “live from the stage” by Moda Sahnesi and will be your guest at home. Using music, movement and paper, they assemble and reassemble their memories and observations, forged by a feeling of common identity and tell a “mountain story” which we are not so unfamiliar with.
You chose your seedling, decided on a good place for it, prepared its soil, watered it for the first time, turned your back and walked away, days passed, perhaps weeks, the rains came, and then snow, winds blew, every now and then you came and checked, it had grown to your height, it had held up well, its roots could sink as deep as eternity, then came spring and then came summer, the sun rose, the moon set, Venus came up, you were already dead, who knows where your grandchildren woke up, some had departed, those who arrived had departed from other places, it didn’t work out, some things went wrong, the tree grew, there used to be one house in the distance, then there were three, then five, then five hundred, murders took place in its shade, and of course, some kissed, too, some never realized it stood there, and some gave it water.
Then they chopped it down.
And thank goodness for that because the pavement needed widening.
This performance was constructed upon a misunderstanding of the world, humanity, mountains, the earth and the sky. It has absolutely nothing to do with the tree mentioned above. The performance is interested in knowing where the grandchildren wake up.
Enjoy the performance, from wherever you are watching…