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Scha'irlie – This is not a Chaplin

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. 2013

Choreographer(s) : Memis, Kadir (Turkey)

Present in collection(s): Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.

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Scha'irlie – This is not a Chaplin

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. 2013

Choreographer(s) : Memis, Kadir (Turkey)

Present in collection(s): Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.

en fr

Scha'irlie – This is not a Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin climbs over a wall and arrives in a city. It is his arrival in an anonymous metropolis, in the divided city of Berlin, in a hopeful future, in a grey futuristic surface full of remarkable characters.


“Scha’irlie – This is not a Chaplin.” by the Turkish choreographer and dancer Kadir “Amigo” Memiş is an homage to his role model Charlie Chaplin. It also deals with the history of first- generation Turkish migrant workers. Just like Chaplin’s tramp, many of them were confronted by issues in Germany such as work immigration, social exclusion, poverty and isolation. The same dreams of wealth and happiness, love and self-realisation inspired many guest workers’ dreams. But just like Chaplin, Kadir Memiş sets socially critical accents with situation comedy and abstraction without dropping into pathos and self-pity.


Scenes at the unemployment office, in the factory and in a boxing match are all references to Chaplin’s films, but could also take place in a different time and in a different reality. Inspired by the early Chaplin’s movement language, but also by the fascination for the works by the surrealist Magritte, Kadir Memiş creates a dance performance that plays with hip hop styles and combines them with contemporary dance. Kadir Memiş but also his alter ego “Amigo” is on stage, as are different facets of little Charlot, Magritte’s man with a bowler or the migrant worker. Hyoung-Min Kim, Luc Reboullet and Patrick “Patrock” von Bardeleben support Memiş and become his adversaries and team mates; they meet in their daily battle for recognition, money, work and the desire for love.


Source : programme booklet


More information : http://kadirmemis.com/

Memis, Kadir

The choreographer and dancer Kadir “Amigo” Memiş, born in Bilecik, Turkey, came to Berlin at age 10. Inspired by hip hop culture from the 1980s, he learned to dance autodidactically. In 1993, Amigo founded the b-boy crew Flying Steps with his friend. Together with Takao Baba, he founded the communication platform Dance-Unity, which offers a worldwide exchange for dancers. He also started Funkin' Stylez, one of the largest international hip hop battles in Germany, which takes place regularly at the HAU.

His projects are a starting point and an enhancement of transcultural and artistically hybrid perspectives, sometimes even of mystical fascination, whom he wants to encounter in space and movement.


Source: Kadir Memis 's press kit


More information : kadirmemis.com

Scha'irlie – This is not a Chaplin

Artistic direction / Conception : Kadir Amigo Memiş

Choreography : Kadir Amigo Memiş

Interpretation : Patrick “Patrock” von Bardeleben, Hyoung-Min Kim, Kadir Amigo Memiş, Luc Reboullet

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Célestine Hennermann

Stage direction : Christina Damasko

Set design : Tore Rinkveld

Original music : Nevzat Akpinar

Video conception : Rain Kencana

Lights : Roger Irman

Costumes : Jale Kustalouglu

Sound : DJ Illvibe

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Marta Hewelt – Work it.art inclusive, HAU Berlin

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