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A procession and sound performance with artist:in caner teker together with musician Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka NKISI to the dark underbelly of the National Gallery.

caner teker (li.) | Melika Ngombe Kolongo alias NKISI (re.)
caner teker (li.) | Melika Ngombe Kolongo alias NKISI (re.) © Agustin Farias | © Eleonora Birardi

"With tender touches and mutual support," as Stanton Taylor describes them in the press text of KIRKPINAR-a performance by caner teker based on movements of traditional Turkish oil wrestling-Melika Ngombe Kolongo and caner teker will explore the psycho-acoustic resonance space of their past, present, and future together. In the ritual of a procession, between social choreography and poetry, they will call the spirits and lead them into the underworld of the New National Gallery.

caner teker
caner teker is a supporter:in, survivor:e, ally:e and choreographer:in, was born in 1994 in Duisburg and lives between Amsterdam, Berlin and Düsseldorf. caner teker graduated in 2019 as a Meisterschüler:in at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, followed by post-graduate studies at SNDO - School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). caner teker deals with the intersectional entanglements of identity, work and post-migration in the context of personal experience as a German-Turk:in as well as the life story of her own family.

World premiere of the piece KIRKPINAR (in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin) at the 29th Tanztage Berlin, followed by invitations to DISAPPEARING BERLIN and Radikal Jung in Munich. Further guest performances took place in 2020 in the context of the Favoriten Festival in Dortmund and at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich.

caner teker's performances have already been shown at the Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (2017), the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Julia Stoschek Collection (2021), among others. As a fellow:in the Norbert Janssen Foundation, Munich, caner teker also received the Förderpreis für Bildende Künste of the city of Düsseldorf last year and was a Guest Fellow at PACT Zollverein, Essen. In 2022 caner teker received a danceWEB scholarship for Impulstanz Vienna.

Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka NKISI is a London-based producer, visual artist and DJ currently based in Berlin and London. Her DJ sets include Central and West African club tracks.

NKISI produces intense, powerful sounds influenced by the ancient Congo, rhythmic noise, our planet's electromagnetic web, and experimental improvisation. The creative musician is one of the co-founders of NON Records, a collective of African and diaspora sound artists. The collective's art aims to illuminate the visible and invisible structures that create binary orders in societies, thereby shifting power relations.

She has recently launched her label INITIATION and the research platform The Secret Institute to explore the secrets and mysteries of vibrational rhythms, rituals as socio-political instruments, invisible gestural sounds and trance strategies.

Admission: 15 euros
Admission and bar from 7 pm
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Neue Nationalgalerie