Writer, Theatre Director, Dramaturge, visual artist
Ülfet Sevdi is a writer, theatre director, dramaturge, visual artist, and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner based in Montreal. She graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and Theatre at Mersin University, Turkey, in 2001. She is currently finishing a Research and Creation Master in the INDI program at Concordia University.
Her work deals with oral history and social narratives. Her approach is highly conceptual, experimental, and is theoretically grounded in the critical social sciences.
She was the co-founder and artistic director of nü.kolektif (2008-2014), an Istanbul-based collective of multidisciplinary artists involved in performances dealing with political topics. She continued this line of work with Thought Experiment Productions (2015-) since coming to Montreal, a production company she also co-founded and that she co-directs.
Her work has been presented in many cities in Turkey, many cities in Canada, in Denmark and in Brazil. Her last performance, Numbers Increase As We Count…, has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Montreal Council for the Arts, and the Cole Foundation and got unanimous praises from the art critics and media.
This session presents perspectives that address the impact of political oppression on dancers and cultural organizations in Palestine, the development of a Romani dance archive – RomArchive Dance – discussing the role and contribution digital technologies make towards supporting and strengthening situated, local, or cultural knowledges and practices, and the experience of a Turkish artist’s […]