The Team

Docufictional Music Theatre for Orchestra, Vocals, Movement
 and Video Installation by Marc Sinan
Dresdner Sinfoniker – Conductor: Fabián Panisello

Jelena Kuljić, Voice
Jun Kawasaki, Double Bass
Marc Sinan, 
Sascha Friedl, Flute/Subcontrabass flute
Ulzhan Baibussynova, Zhirau
Mehri Asadullayeva, Kamancheh
Askar Soltangazin, Dombra
Toir Kuziyev, Sato
Production: Markus Rindt & Marc Sinan
Artistic direction: Marc Sinan
Choreography: Aydin Teker
Technical direction and Light Design: Albrecht Leu
Video and stage: Isabel Robson
Sound: Volker Greve, Silvio Naumann
Dramaturgy and text: Holger Kuhla
Co-direction: Cornelia Just
Assistant director: Mizgin Bilmen
Costume: Cleo Niemeyer
Costume assistant: Marcella Sewella
Project Management: Martina Taubenberger
Production assistance: Wiebke Fuhrmann-Klemmer, Tuba Isseven
Costume assistant: Marcella Sewella
Outreach Project: Josefine Rücker, Philipp Schoof
Orchestra Management Dresdner Sinfoniker: Katja Nawka
A Co-Production by the Dresdner Sinfoniker,
 the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and 
Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden


The Dresdner Sinfoniker are widely regarded as one of the leading symphony orchestras for contemporary music. Composed of musicians from practically every important orchestra in Europe, the ensemble works exclusively on a project-oriented basis. Its unconventional productions expose correlations between different ground-breaking trends in modern music. The Dresdner Sinfoniker first aroused international attention with the song cycle »Mein Herz brennt« (My Heart Burns) from Torsten Rasch which was set to text and music from RAMMSTEIN. This CD, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon, was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize. In 2004, they teamed up with the Pet Shop Boys to record a new EMI soundtrack for Sergei Eisenstein’s silent movie »Battleship Potemkin« and in 2006 they produced the legendary »Hochhaussinfonie« (High-Rise Symphony) in Dresden as the climax of the city’s 800-year anniversary celebrations. In 2008, the Sinfoniker staged the »Erste Ferndirigat der Welt« (World’s First Remote Conducting) during which the conductor Michael Helmrath availed of a live satellite link to lead the concert’s overture in Dresden while still situated on the banks of the Thames in London. Most recently, the multimedia production »Hasretim – Journey to Anatolia« (available as a CD/DVD from ECM) by the Turkish-German composer Marc Sinan and the Dresdner Sinfoniker was awarded the 2011 »Welthorizont« special prize by UNESCO. The orchestra has undertaken concert tours to places such as Great Britain, France, Spain, Greece, Israel and the West Bank.


Marc Sinan is a guitarist and composer. He has made guest appearances at many renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Istanbul Festival, the Istanbul Jazz Festival, the Enjoy Jazz Festival, the Tonlagen Festival, the MaerzMusik Festival at the Berliner Festspiele and at the Handel Festspiele. In addition to solo concerts and chamber music projects with partners such as the Julia Hülsmann Trio, Jörg Widmann, the Turkish percussionist Burhan Öcal and the Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Marc Sinan has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. With his own ensemble, the Marc Sinan Company, he has since gone on to produce much-acclaimed projects with a contemporary, intercultural and multimedia theme. His project »Hasretim – Journey to Anatolia«, which had its premiere in October 2010, was awarded the »Welthorizont« prize by the German UNESCO Commission. In 2012, Marc Sinan was awarded an artist-in-residence scholarship by the German Foreign Office for the recently opened Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul. For 2015/16, he is already working on the »Komitas« project, which revolves around the life of the Armenian composer and musicologist Komitas Vardapet, and on the »Aghet« project which deals with the ethnic cleansing of the Armenians in Turkey in 1915.


Turkish choreographer and dance teacher Aydin Teker graduated from the Ankara State Conservatory in 1973 and danced with the Ankara State Opera and Ballet Company before gaining a scholarship to study in London and New York. After receiving her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she returned to Turkey in 1982. Her choreographies and site-specific works have been shown in many countries. Among these, »Density« got a special award at the 22th Zurich Theaterspektakel, and her latest creations, »aKabi« and »harS«, have been acclaimed in many renowned festivals. Aydin Teker is currently the head of Performing Arts Department and Contemporary Dance Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul. In the meantime, she is considered to be one of Turkey’s most important modern dance protagonists. A pioneer of contemporary dance in Turkey, Aydin Teker likes putting bodies into destabilising situations, testing their capacity for dynamic adaptation to the extreme.