Istanbul Theater Festival - Who Is The Actor?

The Guide IstanbulNovember/December 2019

Istanbul Theater Festival - Who Is The Actor?
FEATURING EXCITING, INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES FOR THE AUDIENCE, THE 23RD ISTANBUL THEATER FESTIVAL SEEKS A BROADER DEFINITION OF PLAYS, ACTORS, AND STAGES
Yao Hsiao

The never-ending relationship between fiction and reality is the ultimate subject of theater. At the 23rd Istanbul Theater Festival by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), there are some uncanny performances that examine this question with contemporary approaches, challenging the traditional divisions of actors and audience, stage and real life.

In recent years, there are many theater productions that try to blur the lines between the stage and auditorium, actors and audience by inviting the spectator to be part of the performance. “Art of theater is always looking for new ways to interact with the audience,” Festival Director Leman Yılmaz told The Guide Istanbul. She explained that looking back in theater history, we can find examples of different theatrical approaches to build relationships with audiences, such as Bertolt Brecht’s epic theater and futurist theater. “Every period has its own way to create an interaction with its audience,” said Yılmaz.

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November/December 2019