Beyond the Box is an interactive theater installation for public space conceived and directed by Gülsün Orhon, Javier Murugarren, velvet lee and Erikk McKenzie. A two meter square metal construction inspired by the houses of the ancient Anatolian civilization of Çatalhöyük serves as the scenography and provisional home for the three performers, over the course of 24 hours. A blend of structured improvisation and a specific vocabulary of movement, the project aims to facilitate a performative ambience, a relational sense of conversation, negotiation, and cultural exchange, between those present in the space – performers and audience alike.
The performance was conducted at BeBeşiktsiktas Square, Istanbul, during iDANS festival 2010.
concept, performance, costume: Javier Murugarren
concept, performance, text, production: velvet lee black
concept, performance, music: Erikk McKenzie
translation: Belit Sag
installation: Gülsün Orhon
co-production: iDANS festival 2010
video recording: Ozlem Sarıyıldız, Belit Sag, Eser Ulun
edit: Erikk McKenzie
thanks to all those who volunteered keeping us safe and warm on the street, and to those who generously contributed with their stories, songs and dances.