Movement and Vocal Maqam

Activity Details


4 Days - 2 Hours per Day

15 Participants


20-23 September 2020 Everday at 20.30 – 22.30 (GMT + 1)

Turkish (Simultaneous English translation)

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Inspired by the movement theories of Laban, Delsarte and Feldenkrais, “Movement Maqam” is a technique based on the analysis of movement with regards to its slightest independent variables. Once the actor masters on these variables, that is, s/he learns how to use them as tools for developing the relationship between different parts of the body on the one hand, and between the body and mind, on the other, s/he will be able to improve and personalise her/his own movement maqam. The technique does not just enlarge the actor’s range of movement, but it also enriches her/his faculty of imagination. Improved with the “Movement Maqam,” the “Vocal Maqam” technique similarly analyses the movement of voice, which provides the actor with a new approach to use her/his body to create and resonate the voice. (Maqam is a musical term, which refers to a certain use of voice series [gam] in the Eastern music.)

Instructor Details

Celal Mordeniz was born in 1972. He studied philosophy at Boğaziçi University, did MA and PhD in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy at İstanbul University. He is the founder and artistic director of both the theatre group Seyyar Sahne (2000) and Tiyatro Medresesi (2012). He gives workshops on acting and “Movement Maqam,” the technique he mainly devised in his PhD thesis entitled “Movement, Action, Dialogue.” He also gives lectures on dramaturgy, based on the analysis of classical plays with reference to the approaches of Réne Girard.

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