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Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and, therefore, a basic human right. Contaminated water jeopardizes both the physical and social health of all people. It is an affront to human dignity. Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General.

Framewalk – The Concept Framewalk – the cross-cultural workshop week was developed by KABAWIL, Petra Kron and Ade Bantu. It is based on the multitude of their individual and professional experiences. Framewalk 4 was organised in collaboration with Kiebitz e.V. in Duisburg and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University’s Department for Drama. Turkish and German artists/ instructors worked with students on the topic of Water. A four day introductory visual arts workshop on Istanbul’s water supply from Byzantium to present, was done by the artist Katja Stuke. The treasurous outcome can be seen in this print documentation.

Why Water (again)?

Cross-cultural Aspect:

Framewalk relates to water as the essence of life. Without water, you cannot live for more than a few days. It plays a vital role in nearly every function of the body. But to do this effectively, water must be accessible and safe. Water is also essential for hygiene, agriculture, rearing animals, rest, exercise and relaxation and for a variety of social and cultural reasons. Water is a non-negotiable Human Right! Framewalk playfully acknowledges the importance and challenges of Water issues in our society. It addresses the significant role water plays in our every day lives. The cross-cultural workshop week raises questions and creatively charts solutions through the arts for the future.

The Turkish and the German cultures are both very old and rich with their myth or saga, though having framewalked in Turkey, our approach was imbedded into Asia Minors/Greeks beautiful, pictorial and poetic tales, like the ones of the Bosphorus‘ origin or the myth of the Trojan War and many others. Turkey, Istanbul where something antique can be found on every square meter. Relicts of historical water transport, of water storage, of water architecture, at the same time prevailing water issues, like drought, access to water and all the facts belonging to present days’ water supply were dealt with as well.



Framewalk will continue to establish artistic platforms for varying topics, always of importance to the countries involved. May it be Water, Waste or Happiness. The topics worked upon will be highlighted and the participants will contribute their ideas of exchange, encounter and communication across borders and cultures. Bridges will be erected between the partner countries, hopefully both sides will accede and cross.

The very unique Framewalk magic, the almost symbiotic work mode created, perpetuated and strengthened through Framewalks supervision, makes every Framewalk a case of sui generis as well as at the same time something well-known. We will remain flexible, resilient and patient, ready to face more imponderabilites on the way to make more Frames walking. Framewalk is connecting people! Petra Kron Weblog There is a Facebook Group for all to join.

The Bosphorus derived its name from the Greek mythology. According to the myth; one day, Zeus seduced Io, a priestess of Hera. Zeus turned Io into a young cow as a disguise so he would hide her from Hera, his jealous wife. It was useless, and Hera was not misled, and sent a fly to torment Io. While running away from the fly, Io plunged into the strait that separated Europe from Asia, and thereafter it was known as the Bosphorus, or the „ford of the cow“.

Question of the Day: 22/07/2010 What does water mean to you?

If there is water there is life. I hope we dont experience the lack of water. (Zekai) Water is the fountain of life. There is no water without water. Water the beginning of life. (Esin) Very first association with water for me is canoes and nature. Im sailing every summer since I was 2 years old. It is like running away from civilization to a river or lake and nature for a whole week. (Dalia) Water means a lot to me because without water I couldn’t live. (Selin)

It’s crying and laughing. (Mehmet) The most important thing which keeps alive all humanity and all kind of living things. (Arzu) Water is its own fountain which purifies. (Ümit) For me water is important because I need it everyday to drink and to wash. (Vivien) Water means life and comfortability in every situation. (Kiki) You can’t decide it whether you want or need water. It always influences you and it will be always a part of you! (Angelina)

Water contains change and harmony, It changes its place and creates the harmony. (Eylem)

When I am in the sea I feel free. If I wasn’t a person I would be a fish – maybe a dolphin. (Ekin)

Sometimes pure sometimes like a crazy waterfall. Water has no description. Water is life. (Nilhan)

It depends on the place where I am. In Germany it means hygiene for me on hot days, or in hot countries. It means refreshment and life for me. (Louis)

The balance of life. (Zafar) Water means to me: god’s power, natural power, dependity and happiness. Without us water will last forever, but we will last a short time without water. (Ashkan) Water means health. (Alex)

Water is the most important thing for people, its life. And a part of my name. (Cansu) For me water is life because everyone on earth does need water. It is one of the most important things in the world. (Ege)

Question of the Day: 27/07/2010 What did Framewalk do to you?

I saw, what can be possible if you work disciplined for a few days. We learned and had fun at the same time. (Eylem)

I met a lot of new people and I learned how to work in big and in small groups. (Agid)

I learned more about relationships. It was exciting to work with people from different cultures. That was important for the creativity. (Esin)

The trip to Turkey changed really my opinion and impession about Turkish people. (Ashkan)

I had fun and learned lots of useful things. My rhythm sense developed. I’m more flexible now. And the most important thing is that I got wonderful new friends. (Arzu) I danced for the first time in my life. (Deniz) Framewalk showed me how important water is. It helped me to relate with other people and I found out that I have to learn more English. Thank you Framewalk. (Nilhan)

Framewalk helped me to get more confidence. (Kiki) I learned a lot of about the differences of German and Turkish music, dance and the way of life. (Vivien) It opened my mind to see what is possible. (GĂśkhan) The topic fired my phantasy and creativity. (Alex) Different people, different cultures but one language. FRAMEWALK ! (David)

The Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, the king of Sparta. The war is among the most important events in Greek mythology and was narrated in many works of Greek literature, including the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. „The Iliad“ relates a part of the last year of the siege of Troy, while the Odyssey describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the Achaean leaders. Other parts of the war were told in a cycle of epic poems, which has only survived in fragments. Episodes from the war provided material for Greek tragedy and other works of Greek literature, and for Roman poets like Virgil and Ovid.

Question of the Day: 20/07/2010 Describe your feelings crossing the bridge between Europe and Asia.

Istanbul is very big (it has two parts). I was excited when we left Europe and drove to Asia, because I was curious to see the other half of Istanbul. (Cansu) Asia and Europe – two powerful worlds. But after crossing the bridge, I got a new view. The world is one. It’s just us who set the borders, who create a big powerful meaning behind these few letters. (Alex) I thought that I’m going somewhere far away. It is just a bridge, but the thought that it leads to another continent made it special. And now that I am in another continent with good friends makes it even more special. (Dalia)

It’s only about a few seconds where you say goodbye to Europe and hello to Asia. You just can’t think about it because it is too fast. Maybe you should not think about it, because the houses, the people in the streets all look the same. (Angelina) I can’t describe the feeling but it was a new experience for me to see how quick you can be in another continent. It’ s only about a few minutes. (Sissi) I didn‘t have any big expectations because it’s still the same city. (Agid Bozkurt)

The Trojan War originated from a quarrel between the goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite, after Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, gave them a golden apple, sometimes known as the Apple of Discord, marked ‚for the fairest’. Zeus sent the goddesses to Paris, who judged that Aphrodite, as the ‚fairest’, should receive the apple. In exchange, Aphrodite made Helen, the most beautiful of all women and wife of Menelaus, fall in love with Paris, who took her to Troy. Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and the brother of Helen's husband Menelaus, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult. After the deaths of many heroes, including the Achaeans Achilles and Ajax, and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans (except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves) and desecrated the temples, thus earning the gods' wrath. Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes and many founded colonies in distant shores. The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern day Italy.

The Schedule.

July 18th 2010 11:30 Meeting at Düsseldorf main station driving to Köln/ Bonn Airport 20:00 Arriving in Istanbul, Sultan Hostel in Sultanahmet Rooftop-dinner with Bellydance

July 21rst 2010 09:00 Breakfast 12:00 Visit of the Grand Basar 15:00 Tour to Prince-Islands 22:00 Back to Hostel

July 19th 2010 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Walk to the Bosporus. Start of photo-workshop in three groups with three different topics: ‚Water in DailyLife’, ‚Men and the Sea’ and ‚Water – Abstract’ 13:00 Lunch 15:00 Visit the Cisterne 17:20.00 Private Time and Dinner in Istiklal Street 22:00 Back to the Hostel

July 22nd 2010 01:00 Leaving the hostel and driving to Çanakkale 08:00 Arriving in Çanakkale, breakfast and check in 10:00 Meeting the turkish students and the teachers

July 20th 2010 08:00 Breakfast 09:00 Guided Bus Tour to several spots in Istanbul related to Water. For example Pierre Lotti in Eyüp, the asian part of Istanbul, famous joghurt-lunch and the Girl Tower 15:00 Visit of the Blue Mosk and water-history-exhibition 20:00 Dinner in Sultanahmet

July 23rd 2010 08.00 Breakfast 09.00 Warm up for everybody in the Church Division into 3 groups 09.30-11.00 Workshop Unit 1 11.15-12.45 Workshop Unit 2 12.45-14.30 Lunch at the Hotel 14.30-16.00 Workshop Unit 3 16.00-17.00 Results of the Day 17.00-18.00 Teachers Meeting 19.00 Dinner at the Hotel

July 24th 2010 08.00 Breakfast 09.00 Warm up for everybody in the church 09.30-11.00 Workshop Units 1 11.15-12.45 Workshop Units 2 12.45-14.30 Lunch 14.30-16.00 Workshop Units 3 16.00-17.00 Results of the Day 17.00-18.00 Teachers Meeting 19.00 Dinner at the Hotel 22.00 Night Boat Trip July 25th 2010 July 26th 2010 08:00 Breakfast 09:00 Warm up for everybody in the church 09:30-11:00 Workshop Units 1 11:15-12:45 Workshop Units 2 12:45-14:30 Lunch 14:30-16:00 Workshop Units 3 16:00-17:00 Results of the Day 17:00-18:00 Teachers Meeting 16:00-18:00 Bringing it all Together (26th) 19:00 Dinner at the Hotel

July 27th 2010 09:00 Breakfast 10:00 Meeting at the Church and first Runthrough 13:00 Lunch 14:30 Final Rehearsal 19:00 Performence at Çanakkale Esplanade July 28th 2010 07:30 Breakfast 09:00-21:00 Going to Bozcaada. Meeting the major of Bozcaada, Lunch at the beach. Dinner at Hotel July 29th 2010 07:30 Breakfast 12:00-16:00 Tour to Troja 18:00-19:30 Public Workshop 20:00 Dinner July 30th 2010 09:00 Breakfast 10:00-20:00 Picknick at Mount Ida. Swimming & Sunset at the beach. Bye bye Çanakkale, Bus Ride to Istanbul Airport

Question of the Day: 19/07/2010 What was your first contact with water in Istanbul?

Drinking water – My first experience with water in Istanbul was when I bought water at the airport, because it was so hot. The first thing a did as soon as we arrived was to drink water. (Selin) Shower – Eight girls, one shower, all you need is patience. (Alex) Bottle of water – I bought a bottle of water after waiting for our luggage (on our way to our hostel) the only thing I wanted to drink was water. (Vivien) Drinking – After the flight and bus trip it was good to drink water. It is very hot in Turkey. Drinking water was a relief. It felt good. (Angelina)

Sea – My first contact with water was the sea. There are fishes in the sea. They are important to the people because they eat and sell them. (Kiki) Shower – After the flight it felt good to take a shower. It is very hot in Turkey, the water felt like medicine to me. (Sissi) Sweating. As soon as we stepped out of the airport, my body just broke out and I was sweating like hell. So the first contact with water was at the same time I had contact with Turkey (even though its my own water). (Louis Rose)

My first contact with water was when I bought water. It was refreshing because the weather in turkey is very hot. (Juriel) My first contact with water was when I looked out the plane and saw the sea, lots of bridges and ships. (Ege Yildiz) Relax! Release! Airport Istanbul! Behind all the noise, behind all the chaos at the airport, a bird gave me a relaxed feeling. „Just like a bird I just wanna fly free“ was my first thought. Not being disturbed by big planes and the heat the bird had his own mind and was already focused on his goal. It

was like nothing surrounded him. Only the bird and his his destination, the airport. I was shocked at how ambitious and predictable the bird was. He had nothing on his mind than to achieving his goal. But now many of u might wonder what the bird’s aim was? What could it be? Why is he risking his life in order to become what he wants? Easy! His aim wasn’t to risk his life, it was a survival act. WATER! PUDDLE! It was like the bird’s wings had been tied all the time and now he was able to fly. Relax! Release! Fly bird.(Ashkan Rahmani)

Question of the Day: 24/07/2010 If you were a sound of water. What would it be?

Rain drops (Ekin/ Elif/ Vivien)

Bubbling water – I do not want to bore anybody (Alex)

A stone falling into water (Eylem)

A tender wave (Sissi)

A waterfall (Arzu/ Senem/ Askhan)

A strong stream thundering over a barrier in the water (Dalia)

An endless wave (Zekai/ Esin)

The roaring of the sea (Selin/Kik)

A river with colored stones, running down a hill (Mehmet)

A drizzling rain (Juriel)

An ocean (Hatice)

The bubbling of a fountain (Agid)

A whirlpool (Gökhan)

Still water (Angelina)

Pouring water from a bottle into a glass (Gülsah)

A summer rain (Cansu)

Mount Ida: Mount Ida: The mountain is the scene of several mythic events in the works of Homer. At it’s summit, the Olympian gods gathered to watch the progress of the Trojan war. The mountain was the sacred place of the Goddess. Goddess Hera‘s powers were so magnified on Mount Ida, that she was able to distract Zeus with her seductions, just long enough to permit Poseidon to intercede on behalf of the Argives to drive Hektor and the Trojans back from the ships.

Question of the Day: 23/07/2010 List one positive and one negative aspect of water.

Positive: Refreshment; Negative: More powerful than me. (Alex) Positive: We can’t survive without water; Negative: Water can destroy and kill everything. (Kiki) Flood is the negative thing of water. One of the positive aspects is to have a bath in warm days. (Cansu) Positive: It is keeping nature alive and green; Negative: it has a strong power of destroying. (Dalia)

It brings and it takes. (Gökhan) Without water there wouldn’t be life. But Water Wars will bring the end of the world. (Deniz) Positive: Cold water is refreshing; Negative: Rain. (Juriel) Positve: You can enjoy it; Negative: Someday there will be no water anymore. (Vivien) Positive: Without water the life won’t go on. (Agid) It gives life to living and it destroys life also. (Zafer)

The Battle of Çanakkale, March 18th 1915 was the end of a dream. The Battle of Çanakkale or the Battle of Gallipoli took place at Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey from 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916, during the First World War. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. In Turkey the campaign is known as the Çanakkale Sava_ları (Çanakkale Wars), after the province of Çanakkale. The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people—a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Turkish Republic eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, himself a commander at Gallipoli.

The Team.

Concept Development / Project Management:


Petra Kron works as cultural anthropologist and cultural pedagogue for various productions and projects. She does the production management for KABAWIL’s dancetheatres. She developped KABAWIL’s concept of relation oriented cultural works. She plans and produces the projects Framewalk and the art of chatting. She’s got a Ph.D. (ABD) in Cultural Anthropology of Mainz University and a state board examination in Fine Arts and English from Düsseldorf University.

Buket Deniz graduated from the modern dance department of Yildiz Teknik University. She worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in national and international projects. She is a dance teacher at Çanakkale 18 Mart University and she is writing her doctorate in theatre critics and drama at Istanbul University

Adé Bantu The Afropean musician organized in 2001 the AfroGerman NGO and musical collective Brothers Keepers with its uncompromising statement against racism. Bantu’s unique sound earned him in 2005 the prestigious Kora Award. His sound of Fufu intertwines HipHop, Reggae and Afrobeat and always connects the personal and political. He was involved in numerous projects, like Africa Connection in collaboraton with BBC. He also designs and instantiates projects in the performing arts like Framewalk, the art of chatting and Triangulum, in collaboration with artists from Africa and Europe.

Othello Johns works as choreographer, dancer and pedagogue. For the KABAWIL’s dancetheatre productions, Die dunkle Seite der Sonne, Wer hat Angst vorm Schwarzen Mann? and Leila and Madschnun he was the artistic director for Dance and Choreography. He worked as a soloist for the companies of Milton Myers, Rod Rodgers, Isadora Duncan, Erick Hawkins and Tanzatelier Wien. He studied Dance and Choreography in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and at the Erick Hawkins School, as well as at the University of Louisiana.



Sahine Hatipoglu has a Masters Degree from the Department of Radio-TV Istanbul University Faculty of Communication. She produced various theatre productions. She works with improvisation, dramaturgy of movement and energy in theatre research labaratories. She has been teaching and acting at the international Nara Process. She works as an actrice, director assistant and as director at theatres and for film and TV productions. She is teaching at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University.

Ade Bantu and Melike Ay who studied Eurhytmics in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. She wrote her masters degree about the confrontation of the Orff and the Dalcroze Pedagocical Education Method. She teaches music theory, solfege and body percussion at the Music and Performing Arts Department of Mimar Sinana Fine Arts University. Since 2000 she has been doing workshops in body percussion in several projects.

Bastian Sierich studied acting, singing and dancing at Stage School Hamburg. In 2003 he became an emsemble member of Junges Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. Since then he participated in about 12 different productions. 2008 he was nominated for the subsidy award for performing arts of the city of Düsseldorf. Working frequently for different German dubbing companies and having participated in a dance theatre production for “Tanzhaus NRW” Bastian Sierich works as teacher for acting, voice and body work / stage combat.

Petra Kron and Hüsnü Turan who is co-founder and choreographer of the youth music theatre ensembles ‚Trying Babylon’. He leads the project ‚HipHopHighschool’ for young people in Solingen. He has been working for KABAWIL since 2007.

Organisation in situ:

Tayfun Demir is Consultant for ‚Intercultural Cultural Activities’ of the City of Duisburg, North Rhine Westphalia. Photo-Workshop and Blog:

Katja Stuke studied Visual Communications in Düsseldorf. Since ‘99 she works as a freelancer and artist. Together with Oliver Sieber she publishes artists books and curates the annual photo-exhibtion ‚Antifoto’ in Düsseldorf . Katja exhibits nationally and internationally.

Question of the Day: 25/07/2010: Write a message in a bottle.

Are you satiesfied with your life? If no, change it! If yes, congratulations! (Alex) Behind every dream there’s an action. (Eylem) You are too curious but now you can smile for me. (Senem) This bottle connects our worlds. (Vivien) When you read this I’ll be so far from you. Sorry! (Zafer) How I wish you were here, we are just two lost souls swimming on a fish bowl. (Elif) Dear bottle! That what you have inside, it‘s our life! (Cansu)

When you read this, you lost a friend. (Juriel) The biggest secret is in it. (Angelina) Search till you find the best. (Arzu) If you find this letter our frindship will be forever. (David) Hi lovely and curious man, who opened the bottle. Like you I opened an interesting door and my last 3 days were so funny colourful. and one more time, I refreshed my belief about the colors of life and the univers which belongs us. (Ümit)

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family. Article 25, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Instructors about Framewalk

It’s difficult for a person to suprise him/herself. That was, what I experienced in Çanakkale. Each day was a new day which had new challenges. It was really good to think about the transitions between the 3 disciplines: music, theatre and dance. But the thing which made me most happy was seeing the improvement of the students, both in their works and in their relationships day by day. Their eagerness of collaboration encouraged me to want more. And we all saw the results. I‘m happy to be a part of Framework. (Melike Ay)

Every Framewalk to me is like entering a new world, a new frame. We never know what we will come upon, who we will come across and which challenges we will have to face? Will the students relate to each other, will the instructors cope, will the circumstances be sufficient to Framewalks basic, sometimes very basic needs? The most important skills demanded by all Framewalkers are flexibility, resilience and patience. Will we manage? For me every Framewalk is about surrendering and trusting. And so far it’s been worth a cillion times to confront myself over and over again with all the imponderabilities of every Framewalk. The results are speaking for themselves. We always made the frames walking. I do believe in a general Framewalk magic. (Petra Kron)

Framewalk – The Workshop Week Düsseldorf/Duisburg & Istanbul/Çanakkale is supported by: Pakt mit der Jugend NRW Project Partner Düsseldorf/Duisburg & Istanbul/Çanakkale: Internationales Jugend- und Kulturzentrum Kiebitz, Duisburg. Stadt Duisburg, Referat für Integration, Dialog e.V., Çanakkale Rotary Kulübü, Universität Çanakkale, Çanakkale Cagid.

KABAWIL e.V. Flurstraße 11 40235 Düsseldorf T. 0211.9 36 55 00 M. W.