Turkish Dance at NMWA This Weekend!

The Silk Road Dance Company performs traditional Turkish folk dance in breathtaking costumes.

Enjoy complimentary admission and an afternoon of dancing delights! Internationally-known Road Dance Company celebrates spring and Turkish culture with traditional and folk dance performances on Sunday, March 21st. The dances reflect the role women have traditionally played and include day-to-day activities (such as drinking tea) and important events (such as marriage) which impact women’s lives. 

The program is organized in conjunction with A Dream…but not Yours: Contemporary Art from Turkey. In the exhibition, eleven artists explore the roles women are assigned and contemplate who determined these roles and how appropriate they are in the twenty-first century. Some artists look to the historical roots of women’s current position in society. Inci Eviner uses a nineteenth-century print (made by a German male artist) as the basis for her dystopic Harem. The richly dressed women in the print morph into digital figures of women trapped in a world where they repeat meaningless or violent acts. Other artists look to the past with a much gentler eye. Gulsun Karamustafa highlights the glamour and excitement of Turkey’s golden age of radio, the 1950s, with a shrine-like installation of covers from a popular weekly radio magazine. Nevin Aladag’s Five Stones Game, a series of photographs of her mother playing a two thousand-year-old game, explores the relationship between mothers and daughters and traditions passed from generation to generation.

Silk Road Dance was founded by Laurel Victoria Gray in 1995 and has performed locally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, as well as numerous embassies and was invited to perform at a cultural festival in Uzbekistan. Gray also teaches Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance at local studios and the George Washington University.

 We are looking forward to this exciting afternoon of costumes, choreography, and contemporary art! Performances are at 1:30 and 3:30 in the Great Hall. Free admission.