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Dervish in Progress

The dancer and choreographer, who is acquainted with the world’s big and small stages – like the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London all the way to street protests in Istanbul – will introduce the joy in spinning and turning of Dervish in Progress.


Ziya Azazi was born in 1969 in Antakya (TR) and is based in Vienna since 1994.
From the late nineties up to the present, Ziya Azazi’s dance practices have been primarily based on experimental whirling and repetition, which reflect his personal, artistic, conceptual and motional analysis of traditional Sufi dance. He searches for the simultaneous representation of contradictory perceptions of physical awareness and a high state of ecstasy, experimenting the intensities of speed and tension made possible through whirling. He aims at transforming the usual whirling dervish image and the classical Sufi dance into a spectacular form, thus proposing possibilities for personal ritual, that do not rely on the boundaries of existing belief systems. His work searches for the Dervish at a high level of speed, tension and emotion, and creates a space for the viewer to encounter and experience these moods. Through his performances, Ziya Azazi seeks to represent the moment of realisation when the Dervish begins to enjoy his/her achievement through the joyful and ecstatic repetition of whirling: the looping and spinning which leads to trance.

Ziya originally studied mining engineering at Istanbul Technical University and practiced gymnastics. Between 1990 and 1994 he worked with the State Theatre of Istanbul where he created his first choreographic works. Between 1994 and 1998 he worked at Tanz Atelier Sebastian Prantl (TAW), Tanz*Hotel, and Willi Dorner besides few other companies. In 1999 he was awarded the danceWEB scholarship and received the honourable mention in the Ballett magazine as "The Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year in Austria".

Since 1999 he creates his own choreographical work, which tours worldwide, a.o.: "Dervish in Progress" (2004 / Barcelona), "’Azab" (2005 / São Paulo), "Dervish" (2006), "Icons" (2007 / Grenoble) in collaboration with Serge Adam (FR), the solo "Ember" (2010 / Valladolid). His latest work "Energy" has been premiered in 2012 at Théater Liberte in Toulon (FR).
Since 2004 he worked with a.o. Jan Fabre/Troubleyn, Compagnie Thor, and collaborated with Cem Ertekin, Aydin Teker, Sebastian Prantl, Philippe Arlaud, Anne-Marie Gros, Ismael Ivo, Marcia Haydee, Yoshi Oida, Thierry Smits, Nona Ciobanu and Mehmet Balkan.
Beside the performances Ziya Azazi shared his experiences and knowledge with public in academic and non- academic settings, a.o. at the International Choreographic Training Programme titled Choreographic Collision (organised by Ismael Ivo, within the framework of Venice Dance Biennale, IT), at the Modern Dance Department of Istanbul Mimar Sinan University (TR), Carolyn Carlson Roubaix National Choreographic School (FR), Performance Making Programme at Goldsmiths University, London (UK), the Faculty of Arts at Klaipeda University and the dancers of Samsun & Antalya State Ballets (TR).

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