ZIYA AZAZI

 

Born in 1969 in Antakya, Turkey.
In 1986 he moved to Istanbul where he graduated with a degree in mining engineering.
Between 1989 and 1992 he learned gymnastics through self-study. From 1990 till 1994 worked
with the State Theatre of Istanbul where he created his first choreographic works.
Between 1994 and 2008 while living in Vienna, continued his work in contemporary dance,
working with gymnastics and modern dance, performing in festivals and with various Viennese
dance groups. In 1999 he was awarded a scholarship for Summer Dance Week Vienna (dance
web), including an honourable mention from the European Jury as “the most outstanding dancer
of the year for Austria”. He received this prize after a full-program performance Unterwegs
Tabula Rasa. Between 2000 and 2002 he had engagements with Vienna Volksoper, Austria,
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany, and the Grand Théatre de Genéve, Switzerland.
In 2004 he worked with Jan Fabré – Trobleyn. Between 2005 and 2007 he participated in
Compagnie Thor`s piece d’Orient. He has worked with many artists such as Cem Ertekin, Aydin
Teker, Sebastian Prantl, Philippe Arlaud, Anne-Marie Gros, Ismael Ivo, Marcia Haydée, Yoshi
Oida and Thierry Smits.
In 1999 he began to study the traditional dance of the Sufis (whirling dervishes) and has
choreographed many interpretations on this theme as seen in his solos Work in Progress I & II. Within
the context of these choreographies, he performed with musicians such as Mercan Dede, Sertap
Erener and Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan. He integrated two of his solo pieces, Dervish in Progress (2004 /
Barcelona) and ’Azab (2005 / Sao Paulo) into the full-program performance “Dervish” and it is
performed world wide. In collaboration with the French musician Serge Adam, he developed
Icons, which premiered in Grenoble, France in November 2007. His most recent performance
Deplacé was premiered in Royaumont, France in December 2008 in collaboration with the
Lebanese musician Zaad Moultaka.
festivals at which he has performed include Polyzentral, Hamburg, Liteside, Amsterdam, Teatro
Europeo, Torino, Dias de Danza, Barcelona Sitges, Sziget, Budapest, Trafalgar Square, London,
Images of the Middle East, Copenhagen, Danse en Ville, Brussels-Luxembourg, I-DANS Solists,
Istanbul, Les Eclats Choreographiques, Niort, III Festival de Solos y Duetos, Venezuela.
He performed at National Museum of Singapore, National Library, London, St. Irene Church,
Istanbul, Fadjr International Theatre, Tehran, and at the opening gala of the 44th Golden Orange
Film Festival, Antalya.