Photo: Gabriela Neeb


Halide. Words of flame

A Performance about a Controversial Freedom Fighter
Directed by Emre Koyuncuoğlu

 Werkraum
 Opening night: 20.4.2023
 1 hour 45 minutes
 Turkish with English surtitles
 Werkraum
 Opening night: 20.4.2023
 1 hour 45 minutes
 Turkish with English surtitles

Three Turkish performers from different generations embody Halide Edip Adıvar, the controversial freedom fighter and icon of the early women’s movement in Turkey. There is the highly educated girl from the Ottoman bourgeoisie who writes persuasive articles about women’s rights. There is the war reporter who learns to ride a horse so she can join the frontline as a freedom fighter in the War of Independence. And there is the intellectual pacifist and friend of Gandhi. This passionate woman fought for contradictory goals throughout her life, but was always able to think on her feet and remained a self-determined protagonist: as a writer, activist, freedom fighter, pacifist, educator and scientist, as a mother and lover. Halide did not allow herself to be pigeonholed, did not subordinate herself. With the founding of the Republic, she chose exile, from which she returned to Turkey only in 1939. Emre Koyuncuoğlu weaves together a tapestry of literary and documentary sources about a dazzling woman and stubborn evolutionary, using the biography by İpek Çalışlar and Halide Edib’s own literary works memoirs and her articles published in different newspapers.

Based on the biography by İpek Çalışlar. 
Part of "Female Peace Palace", a joint project between the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Monacensia im Hildebrandhaus. The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
  • Artistic Administration Melisa Kaya, Katrina Mäntele
  • Production Assistance Beyda Geldi
  • Artistic Assistant Sinan Akcan, İrem Yıldız
  • Directing Assistant (Final Rehearsals) Marion Hélène Weber
  • Stage Manager Hanno Nehring
  • Prompter Zeynep Özden
  • Technical Production Management Julia Schröder
  • Stage Design Assistant Leonard Mandl
  • Costume Assistant Heloà Pizzi Mauro, Riyanna Tufanova
  • Lighting Wolfgang Eibert, Franziska Erbe, Mirko Mayrold Neubauer
  • Sound Korbinian Wegler
  • Video Florian Limmer, Dirk Windloff
  • Props Dagmar Dudzinski
  • Surtitles Agentur SprachSpiel - Yvonne Griesel, Nida Bulgun
  • German Translation Gülçin Willhelm
  • Translation into English Muammer Özoltulular
  • Text Research Assistant Başak Erzi
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