Arranged-Written and Directed by: Nesrin Kazankaya
Music and Vocal Direction: Ezgi Kasapoğlu
“Mediterranean” is a project, which wonders along north Mediterranean coasts to reflect the Mediterranean identity and stories by the help of songs and dramatic scenes. Songs are all sung in their original language. English surtitles for Turkish playtext are being prepared. The play will premiere in November 2012. The rehearsals that began in June continue on.
The orchestra of five musicians plays the piano, viola, guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, accordion, drums and bendir. With 5 male, 6 female actor-singers, the ensemble consist of 16 artists. Whole group with technical stuff is 20 people.
Chosen songs from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Former Yugoslavia (:Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia), Greece, Turkey and Cyprus are arranged for the orchestra.
The play is based on the idea of an imaginary journey of a young girl who works in an orange garden and picks oranges. The journey is to all the Mediterranean countries she knows of. For her, the orange is a Mediterranean sphere that contains all these countries. The Mediterraneans pour out from different Mediterranean countries and bring along songs and stories from their own countries. The countries, the people and their stories that are bound one another with a naïve approach, jump from time to time to sorrowful periods of repression. The dramatic text of the play is formed from the contents of the song lyrics, original scenes and quotes from local poets of each country. This is a journey of love, longing, entertainment, separation, detachment, fascism and resistance. No matter how big is the pain, the special Mediterranean identity that is emphasized in the play, will never loose humor, enthusiasm, and joy of love