The book was called: "Handbook for the workers who go to work abroad." From Emine Sevgi Özdamar's "Sun Halfway Through" And so we follow the young woman from Emine Sevgi Özdamar's great migration and Berlin trilogy "Sun Halfway" on her journey. We relive her childhood and youth in the still young Turkish Republic, between the old myths, the necromancy and the temptations of modernity with its cinema films and nightclubs. We experience her alone, barely grown up, coming to West Berlin as a guest worker, her factory work, her homesickness, the old Berlin dance halls, her first love, the student unrest and her own awakening. We return with her to Istanbul, where she follows her dream of going to drama school.
But: the outbreak of student revolts and the ensuing state terror turn her life dream into a nightmare. And again we follow her on the train to Germany and finally her stay in a foreign country. Gazino Berlin takes a look at another decade in four parts. Each part focuses on the songs and longings of the respective time. The experiences of the first generation and those of the following generations thus give rise to a great memory and a questioning of the present. These are placed in relation to the biographies of the ensemble.
The collage of the experiences of the first and following generations portrays the artistic diversity of today's German-Turkish Berlin community and contrasts the current shift to the right and the debate about integration with a differentiated analysis and a self-confident attitude. Musically, the four-piece band around Turgay Ayaydınlı and Aziza A. will make the attitude towards life of the old glamorous Turkish Gazinos tangible for a few nights. With raki, wine and beer we not only experience the greatest, most absurd, saddest or funniest moments of the past and present - the Gazino stars of yesteryear also come on stage. Gazinos are nightclubs with restaurants. In Turkey there are many of them - the big, famous ones from the "golden age", and the less prestigious ones, hidden in narrow, dark alleys. There were also Gazinos in Berlin - but today this tradition is as good as extinct.
1st part Premiere on 25.09.20 and 26.9.20
2nd part premiere on 09.10.20 and 10.10.20
1st part premiere on 13.11.20
2nd part on 14.11.20