A performance depicting the stories of an old Istanbul mansion, with video art, Ottoman/Turkish music mixed with live looping and live foley accompanying a retake on traditional Turkish storytelling techniques.
House of Hundred is a take on the transition from the Ottoman period to the Republican era through the story of an old mansion and its demolition. Reality and fiction are intertwined in this semi-autobiographical play where its writer, actress and creator Yeşim Özsoy tells her story through that of her maternal grandmother.
The play, which tells the story of the İbrahim Ethem Efendi Mansion, is accompanied by a narrative of music-video-story. Everything, the grandmother who lives in the mansion, the furniture, spaces, animals and things talk about themselves in their own voices. The play leaves the audience with details and questions about nation, one history, one nation, one religion, in short, the concepts of origin and uniqueness with the help of these stories. In this respect, the mansion is a representative space where overlapping stories and times come together.
House of Hundred helps us see the present and the past through the eyes of a mansion which had seen the Ottoman times, witnessed change with the Republican era and was destroyed in 1959 as well as those of a woman who was born into that mansion in 1919 and who still is a witness to the present. It also invites the audience to see the connection it has established through stories that took place between 1918–2018. Mainly our relation to our past is at issue here.
Is it possible to look back into the past from where we are now? How far have we gone and what use did it ave? Have we actually gone forward? Is it possible to go back? What is “back”? Is it possible to exist there after all this? What have we put in place of what we have destroyed? Have we managed to put something? Or are we living in the memory of a bulldozer?
House of Hundred, is part of a multi-national co-production titled Haunted Houses on the concept of nation, developed for War or Peace: Crossroads of History 1918-2018 Festival with the collaboration of GalataPerform (Turkey), The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate (Bulgaria), Experimental Stage/-1 (Greece), Theater Neumarkt (Switzerland) and Studio / Maxim Gorki Theatre (Germany) and with the support from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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CAST AND CREW
Written by: Yeşim Özsoy, Ferdi Çetin
Directed & Performed by: Yeşim Özsoy
Music Design & Live Performance: Kıvanç Sarıkuş
Video Design: Melisa Önel
Light Design and Technical Coordinator: Ayşe Ayter
Choreographer: Tuğçe Tuna
Project Asistant: Nilay Yerebasmaz
Sound & Light Control: Hasan Hakan Yılmaz
Partipicants of Documentary Video: Yeşim Özsoy, Turan Necdet Özcan
Performers of Mansion Video: Elif Ongan Tekçe, Sanem Öge, Emir Politi, Yaman Ceri
Director of Photography: Arda Yıldıran
Camera Assistants: Hasan Öztaş, Uğurcan Tüzel
Dubbing Artists: Katayoun Momtaheni, Karin Ataoğlu, Nükhet Akkaya, Elif Ongan Tekçe, Enginay Gültekin, Ayşe Lebriz Berkem, Yeşim Özsoy