When Bedirhan Dehmen says “we” he is referring not only to himself and his dancers but also to society at large. A choreographer and performer among many other things, Dehmen wishes to utilize the stage as a platform to connect people. “I believe in a sort of togetherness,” says Dehmen.
It is late in the evening and Dehmen is sitting in a university dance department in Istanbul. He and the two dancers who join him in We have just taken a break to eat dinner. Their days have been long, Dehmen explains, especially his as he works to finish a solo that he will premier tonight at the Suzanne Dellal Center. The performance is part of the annual Tel Aviv Dance Festival, which is hosting artists from Korea, Spain, Colombia and the United States to Tel Aviv this summer.
Dehmen’s visit is monumental as it is the first time a contemporary Turkish choreographer will present work in Israel.