The Departed / The Ineffable / Tarifsiz / Ötesinde / Beyond

Tijen Lawton was in Mavibahçe, by Acik Studyo Artist in
Residency Program within the context of Spaces of Culture.
She entered in a creative and physical research process with the dancers Pinar Ozer and Serenay Oguz about existense, memory, the truth which words are not able to express, body, the departed ones and the dissappeared ones.
“As always I use my body as an archive. I recycle or more accurately
there is a continued research into the ineffable. Performance
becomes itself through its own disappearance.” Tijen Lawton
The rehearsals was open to any one. Performance was in
Mavi Bahçe Kent Meydanı, at 25.07.2018, at 20.30.
Guest Dancers: Aslı Dalgıç, Aze Demirel, Deniz Yavaşoğlan, Ece Yavaşoğlan,
Elif Aleyna Özdem, Gizem Defne Erdemir, Gizem Söylemez, Gülce Çapak

Tijen Lawton

A professional dancer, performer and teacher based in Belgium. Born in 1972 to a Turkish mother and British father, she was educated and brought up in numerous countries, constantly shifting between cultures and environments. She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later
continuing at The Arts Educational School London, The
Place London and The Juilliard School New York.
She has danced with Pierre Droulers,1996 & 1998, in the course
of which she started creating her own solo works. Tijen also
danced in Ma Mère I’Oye a film by Thierry De Mey (1998).
In 1998 Tijen began her full time intensive collaboration with Needcompany. Over a period of fifteen years, she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany’s work, performing , creating and touring worldwide with
Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey in 15 productions and over 13
Neeplapbs, and the film Goldfish Game directed by Jan Lauwers.
Since 2010 she has danced and toured with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna, performed and collaborated with Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing
Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli, Inaki Azpillaga & Rodrigo
Fuentealba and Manngold, Karlien De Savoye & Quan Bui Ngoc.
Tijen is an active teacher and couch, teaching mainly in Brussels,
Paris, Budapest, Antwerp, Gent, Rome and İstanbul.
She coaches and assists other artists as well as creating group pieces
with students, in Istanbul Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University MSGSU,
in Budapest at Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy BCDA.

She has delivered workshops in collaboration with Arne Sierens and Compagnie Cecilia as well as teaching professional company classes to Thierry Smits Compagnie Thor in Brussels and
Beyhan Murphy MDT Modern Dance Theatre in Istanbul.

She is a regular guest teacher at Artesis AP University College / Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp, ISAC Académie Royal Des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles and BCDA Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy in Budapest. She is also training the dances of Platform-K in Gent as part of a series

of Inclusive Dance. Since 2017 Tijen started working with Greet Vissers
& KunstZ on the creation Bruiloft as coach and choreographer and choreographing for the dancers of Natacsha Pire Impuls Company in Geel. Currently touring with Mother Song directed by Mokhallad Rasem,

a co-production with het Tonnelhuis Antwerpen, Landestheaters St
Pölte, Austria & Vereingten Bühnen Bolzano. Tijen will be dancing
and performing in Troyennes 2017-2019 choreographed by Claudio Bernardo. Will be performing in the next creation of Mauro Paccagnella & Whooshing Machine. Tijen continues creating and performing her own solo work. Constantly investigating and challenging her own body as an archive…Through the continuous, ongoing questioning of the body as a communicative vessel and by questioning the internal limit of thinking as inspired by the purity and complexity of the body and the ‘life’ it lives.

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