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Creative research laboratory - Lyon
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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2012 - 2013

Le Panier de la sorcière

Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Performance / Video


Theme : Sexual identities

Esmeray is a militant, transsexual creature of the Istanbulian night. Born a man in Anatolia in a small Kurdish village not far from Kars, Esmeray became a woman in Istanbul, where she now lives. After writing her autobiography, which traces her quest for “the woman within herself,” she turned it into a cabaret show full of humor, vitality, and sensitivity. Between a harangue and a confession, it is a reinvigorating lesson about life.

+Ben/O (Me/Him, film by Güldem Durmaz)

Through the character of the transsexual artist Esmeray, Güldem Durmaz examines the relationship between external appearance and self-image. Me/Him is a sort of self-surveillance experience in which Esmeray is filmed walking around at night in Istanbul—her territory—then filmed again taking the same routes dressed as the man she was twenty years ago. The split screen is used to explore the divided personality.


Scenario / réalisation : Güldem Durmaz.
Caméra : Piet Eekman.
Sound operator : Gilles Benardeau.
Montage : Simon Backès.
Avec : Esmeray.
New translation : Güldem Durmaz / Yakamoz.
Avec le soutien de la Communauté française de Belgique – Commission Film Expérimental.


An artist and actress–in particular in plays by Dario Fo–Esmeray also militates for the right of transgendered persons in Turkey to work in sectors other than the sex trade.





Dates & horaires

Sat 24 November 2012 / 21:00

Sun 25 November 2012 / 19:00


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