Beykoz Kundura’s new theater stage opens with the experimental project “Remote Istanbul”


Beykoz Kundura, a former Istanbul shoe factory turned cultural venue, is set to open its second stop, on its way to becoming one of the city’s most prominent cultural venues.

Kundura Stage, a new on-site theater, will open in September with an interactive performance by renowned German documentary theater group Rimini Protokoll.

Focusing on contemporary performing arts across multiple genres, Kundura Stage is an alternative platform for cutting-edge theater productions. The stage’s inaugural season kicks off with Rimini Protokoll’s “Remote Istanbul” – a theatrical audiovisual journey through the streets of Istanbul.

Adapting the “Remote X” project in Istanbul, Rimini Protokoll’s interactive and immersive experience sees a small group of 50 spectators set off for the heart of Istanbul with headphones. Guided by a synthetic voice, the public is invited to look at each other and make individual decisions while always remaining in a group.

A photo of the Kundura scene, Beykoz, Istanbul.

Throughout the performance, binaural recordings and film scores provide a soundtrack for the cityscape. The journey through the city looks more and more like a collective film. Audiences turn into active participants in performance, exploring the influence of artificial intelligence, big data and our own predictability.

Since its premiere in Berlin in 2013, “Remote X” has traveled to more than 50 cities, including Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg and more.

Buse Yıldırım, General Artistic Director of Beykoz Kundura said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Rimini Protokoll, cult pioneers of documentary theater and are very happy to present their performance ‘Remote X’ in Istanbul, which offers a unique audiovisual experience. of the city through theater and technology. We aim to centralize documentary / reality theater in our conservation policy, hoping to collaborate on several future projects of this kind. Our mission is to bring cutting-edge and innovative productions to Istanbul and we look forward to witnessing the gradual return of its vibrant cultural scene. “

A photo showing the performance
A photo showing Rimini Protokoll’s “Remote X” performance.

“Remote Istanbul” opens its doors to the public on September 19 with a premiere on September 12 in Turkish and September 13 in English. The work will be performed on weekends until November 15, and tours will be available in Turkish and English.

Ticket sales will be available online from August 31st on the Beykoz Kundura website. In the interest of creating and maintaining a safe performance experience, new measures will be in place under COVID-19 health and safety regulations.

“Remote Istanbul” will run alongside a wider program of events at Beykoz Kundura, including public art lectures and online screenings, which will be announced in due course on Beykoz Kundura’s social media platforms as well as on his website again. Stay tuned!


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