Location: German Ambassador’s residence (Danesfield, Seaview Terrace (off Ailesbury Road), Donnybrook, Dublin 4)
Time: 27th March 18.30
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Neco Çelik is a Turkish-German educator, and film and theatre director, who has been referred to as the ‘Spike Lee of Kreuzberg’. He gained wide recognition following his film Urban Guerillas (2003), an award-winning documentary about the hip hop scene in his native Berlin. His career in the theatre began later, when he directed the play Schwarze Jungfrauen (2006), Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel’s most successful play to date. This production, with its innovative staging (see video), unleashed various debates about Islam in Germany and about female Muslim religiosity.
Since then Çelik has continued to work in these fields, but has also experimented with new forms; his first opera production with the Jungen Oper Stuttgart, Ludger Vollmer’s Gegen die Wand adapted from the film by Fatih Akin, was awarded the German Theatre Prize in the category of musical theatre in 2011 and in 2015 he choreographed his first piece of dance theatre Ruhm with the group Renegade at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.
In Dublin Neco Çelik will present two short films: Ganz Oben (2007), ea documentary about prominent Turkish-Germans, and Schweinemilch (2013), a comedy about the mishaps of three young Turkish guest workers as they arrive in Germany in the ’60s. Dr Joseph Twist (UCD) will provide a short introduction, and there will be a Q&A session followed by discussions over drinks.
This event is generously supported by the German Embassy, the Goethe Institut and University College Dublin.