Private Project

Call Me Perihan

"Yesilcam" (Green Pine) is a special term used for Turkish movie industry which had been heavily influential especially during 50's, 60's and 70's. Those popular movies of the time reflect the perception of social norms, gender roles and female stereotypes of the era. What is more the legacy of these norms can still be found in today's Turkish society and its film industry. Though the title of the movie changes, blonde femme fatales and innocent brunnetes as two main stereotypes of Yesilcam movies are destined to experience going round in the circles according to their roles. The femme fatales are punished, the innocents are rewarded...
In this video performance, these stereotypes are portrayed with exaggerated gestures inspired by the female characters of the era. Criticizing that those designated female roles were only a product of the social norms that was also supported by the movie industry of the time and there was not any chance for female characters to go beyond their two-dimensional roles, the video performance itself aims to illustrate and re-create multi-dimensional existence of the female roles via deconstructed scenes referring to some of the famous Yesilcam movies of the time. The main reference of the performance is "Sozde Kızlar" movie, which was adapted from the same named novel by famous author Peyami Safa.

  • Damla Durman
  • Damla Durman
  • Orange Performance Lab, Istanbul contemporary art museum
    Damla Durman
  • Kadriye Yıldırım
    Key Cast
  • Gül Ilgaz
    Key Cast
  • Aslı Akın
    Key Cast
  • Didar Püren Erbek
    Key Cast
  • Cemre Özkan
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Bana Perihan De
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Turkish
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Director Biography - Damla Durman

Damla Durman, born in 1996 in Istanbul, completed her undergraduate education at Bilgi University Performing Arts Department. She performed in collaboration with different artists at the She Mamut Art Festival, The Pill Gallery, Santral Istanbul and similar venues. She led improvised dance / movement workshops in collaboration with the Back to Nature Association. She took lessons from choreographers and dancers such as Berrak Yedek, Hagit Yakira, Peter Jasko, Talin Büyükkürkciyan and Alleyne Alleyne. During his education, she practiced Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance, Skinner Releasing, Butoh, and so on. She continued to attend online classes interested in Gaga Dance, Contemporary Dance and Somatic Practices during the pandemic period. She continues to offer online classes where she examines the relationship between Improvisation Dance, Creation by Motion, and the relationship between Elements and Motion. Now she will be curated a online İmprovisation Dance Festival.

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Director Statement

''It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.” Chick Corea