Aysel ALVER / Aydın İldoğan

Technical and technological inventions that humanity developed with its genius and imagination throughout history, have enabled the construction of a glorious civilization(!). The power of imagination, cognitive space and awareness(!) of its own consciousness that feeds this creative genius also cost humanity’s disassociation from other creatures’ worlds and dreams. And this dissociation is explained as some sort of a privilege.

“Double Deuce” is based on the idea that in steppe culture since the agricultural society, and as a very important part of social development, the (allowed) way domesticated animals maintain their existence and the way human beings relate them, far from being a symbiotic life alliance, corresponds to a fraudulent game. Beyond saddle being just a cultural and functional object or saddle making a substantial craft, this project calls attention to this historical relationality between human beings and animals. “Double Deuce” questions the different positioning of both sides of this relation, in the concept of a fraudulent game through the dream-nightmare opposition in the same dream. In this choreographic project, in this encounter that occuırs in a dreamscape, participants will be able to experience two opposite ideals within a single image.


Aydın İldoğan

Aydın İldoğan learned the art of saddle-making, apprenticing for his father who had mastered the art with one of the Armenian masters in Mardin, Sait Uğurgel. Master Aydın has been maintaining his father’s art, as a saddlemaker since he was 7 years old


SADDLE MAKING

Saddle is used especially in the regions dominated by the steppe culture as a tool used on top of tamed animals like horses, donkeys and mules to ease the transportation of heavy loads and passengers. In Mardin, a city located on the Mesopotamian part of the Silk Road, mounts have been used due to the topographical conditions. Accordingly, saddle making has developed in the region. Saddles are designed in three basic sizes as small, medium and large according to the size of the animal, and adjusted depending on the anatomical structure of each. In order to protect the animals’ backbone and balance the weight, wood is used for the inner structure of the saddle, while other materials used vary as beeswax, hemp cord, burlap-sack, felt, cotton and cotton textile, carpet, twine rug and rope. A saddle has an average weight of 12-15 kg and is produced in 120×130-140 cm size. There are only two saddle makers left in Mardin.


Dubara

Technical and technological inventions that humanity developed with its genius and imagination throughout history, have enabled the construction of a glorious civilization(!). The power of imagination, cognitive space and awareness(!) of its own consciousness that feeds this creative genius also cost humanity’s disassociation from other creatures’ worlds and dreams. And this dissociation is explained as some sort of a privilege.

“Double Deuce” is based on the idea that in steppe culture since the agricultural society, and as a very important part of social development, the (allowed) way domesticated animals maintain their existence and the way human beings relate them, far from being a symbiotic life alliance, corresponds to a fraudulent game. Beyond saddle being just a cultural and functional object or saddle making a substantial craft, this project calls attention to this historical relationality between human beings and animals. “Double Deuce” questions the different positioning of both sides of this relation, in the concept of a fraudulent game through the dream-nightmare opposition in the same dream. In this choreographic project, in this encounter that occuırs in a dreamscape, participants will be able to experience two opposite ideals within a single image.