First there was light, the sun; and then life came, and life came with movement. We were all born with a piece from that light in our cores. I think the link between light and dance on stage is just another manifestation of this divine relationship between light and movement.
I believe that life is a constant effort to be understood and to be able to understand. As Irish poet John O'Donohue writes in his book Anam Cara “Wherever we are understood, we are at home” and healing starts with understanding ourselves. I have got to observe some choreographers and dancers genuinely heal their inner parts as they create work, move and share their vulnerability with the audience in an incredibly brave and open way . For me, it is the same with light. It has never been about lighting, but it is about light itself; finding light, going to light, bringing light to darkness or most of the time letting dark be next to light and embracing the shadow where the truth is hidden. In this manner, what I intend to bring to stage is also very personal and it is a reflection of my search for inner light and it is as vulnerable and yet healing as any other form of performance.
I dance/move through light as my body on stage. From this perspective lighting is not created to illuminate a performers, but as an essential part of the piece; sometimes creating a “home” for the performers through architecture and story telling, and when they feel at home, they make choices of their own and respond to light.
After all, working with light is like writing on water. It is such an ephemeral experience, that is physically existing for just one moment, yet reaching out to eternity in people’s hearts and minds through memories and the emotions attached to them.
Tuce Yasak graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University in Turkey in 2004. She worked for XXI Architecture and Design Magazine for five years as the Editor of Industrial Design. Following the magic of light, she moved from Istanbul to New York in November 2009. She designs for dance, theater and concerts. She is interested in site-specific performances and light installations. She has been to NOLA Fringe Festival with Enthusiast Theater Company’s site-specific piece ‘the Decay of the Cities” in November 2013. She has been involved with Lumensentient Projections since 2011 and has performed in “LAMP”, the urban light festival in New Haven in October 2013 and at MassBliss Festival in July, 2015. Also, she was a contributing participant in Gutai Card Box exhibited at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NYC as a part of Gutai: Playground retrospective exhibition in February/March 2013. In August 2013, she was a resident at MANA Contemporary Art Center, NJ with choreographer Nikki Holck. She worked as a contributor writer ofPLSN Magazine and made interviews with lighting designers. She has been collaborating with choreographer Korhan Basaran since 2011 in both NYC and Istanbul (Gatherings, Untitled, RAU, DRT, RAU2, Unfold, Unsettled). She has also collaborated with Vicky Araico, actress and playwright from Mexico City, on her solo show “Juana in a Million” including the performance at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco as a part of MEX I AM festival, in July 2014. The same year in August, she was a resident at the Bates Dance Festival with Korhan Basaran,where she got the opportunity to light “Unsettled”, a collaborative work by Korhan Basaran Dance Company and the David Dorfman Dance that was commissioned and produced by DanceMotionUS and BAM performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC in August, 2014. She has been a creative collaborator to choreographer Raja Feather Kelly of the Feather Theory in his recent works including Color Me Warhol in April,2015 and “37 Other Reasons to Cry” in October, 2015. She has been dancing tango since 2000 and she loves listening to jazz.
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