Review by Heidi Trautmann …
Filiz Ankaç – Yok senden daha güzeli – Nobody‘s as beautiful as you
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By Heidi Trautmann …
An absurd play. Absurd, really?
By Heidi Trautmann ….
Children growing up have a natural curiosity to learn about things in their environment, the toddler hardly able to walk will explore the contents of all things that are closed, open drawers and bring everything out, later kids will destroy their toys to see what is inside.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
For more than 55 years the historical building of the Electric Trafo Station, which was put into service in 1938 and ceased in 1960, was left to rot away until the Girne Municipality with its Mayor Nidai Güngördü decided to restore it and put it back into public service as an Art Gallery.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
As a young man Erbil Arkin developed his passion for Auguste Rodin, it was the time when he studied the arts himself, he said and he is very happy to show his collection to the people of his country on the occasion of the opening of Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) in Girne.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
Vounous…it sounds mystic…it is mystic, it is the story of the past of Cyprus. The island of Cyprus has always held a great importance for the people living around its circumference, only a stone’s throw away from the coasts in the north and the east and south, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Hittites took to their boats in those days of the Bronze Age, landed, settled, were conquered, started trading, and finally left samples of their culture in the soil of Cyprus, in the caves of the Five Finger Mountains, the Kyrenia mountain range. They buried their dead and gave them goods to have a comfortable journey into the land of the dead.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
May 25th A musical experience of a very special kind with The Gerlis Ensemble at the Bedesten, Nicosia
The renowned German quartet, The Gerlis Ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello and Oboe) is coming back to Northern Cyprus this May by special request. We had the pleasure to listen to them last year at Bellapais and Bedesten; please read my review by clicking here
This year their programme will include pieces by Baumgarten, Arnold, Haydn and Crusell.
Carl Friedrich Baumgarten and Joseph Haydn were contemporaries and met in London in 1792. Bernhard Crusell (1775-1833), was a Scandinavian clarinetist and composer. Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was knighted for his services to music in 1993, he was also a very successful composer of film music, such as the soundtrack for ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’.
The concert in the Bedesten on May 25, 2017 will begin at 20:30 hrs.
For tickets (TL35 p.p.) and further information please contact Kaleidoskop Turizm on 815 1818, or at firstname.lastname@example.org and look out for details on Facebook events.
Carl Friedrich Baumgarten (1740-1824): Oboen Quartett Es-Dur op. 2 Nr. 5
Adagio – Allegro – Siciliano
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Oboe Quartet op. 61
Allegro non troppo – Allegretto – Vivace con brio
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Intermezzo for String Trio
Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838): Oboenquartett C-Dur op. 7
Allegro non tanto – Un poco Largo – Menuetto-Allegro – Finale-Allegro
Information on the Ensemble members and the venue:
Corinne Sonderegger-Adler studied oboe in Zurich, Winterthur and Lausanne, among others with Louise Pellerin. She had many international performances as independent soloist and chamber musician; apart from that she teaches at the musical schools in Kloten-Bassersdorf-Lufingen.
Hubert Heitz studied the violin with Prof. Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn in Karlsruhe and with Prof. Max Rostal in Berne. Later he studied chamber music with Prof. Albert Dietrich, with the Bartholdy Quartet and with Paolo Borciani of the Quartetto Italiano. In addition to extensive teaching – for years he was Prof. Jahn’s assistant; today he is a freelance musician and teacher of violin and viola – he is to be heard both as soloist and in chamber ensembles: formerly the Heitz Quartet (Karlsruhe) and the Nova Quartet (Basle), these days as violinist of the Orpheus Trio (Karlsruhe) and the Gerlis Ensemble (Karlsruhe/Zurich) and in recitals for violin and piano; he also directs the Collegium Musicum of the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, formerly University of Karlsruhe). He has built up a reputation at home and abroad through his many solo and ensemble performances.
Grégoire Babey studied viola with Daniel Corti in Zürich; further studies with Gratchia Arutunjan in Neustadt (D); he works as soloist and in chamber music events and teaches in music schools in Zurich and at music schools in Kloten-Bassersdorf
Gisela Heitz studied cello with Werner Taube and with Prof. Annlies Schmid de Neveu in Karlsruhe; further chamber music studies with the Bartholdy-Quartett and with Paolo Borciani at the Quartetto Italiano. Numerous international performances, also as soloist with the Capriccio Fridericiana Karlsruhe. She teaches the instrument in Karlsruhe.
The Bedesten: This building has a long history spanning more than one thousand years. It was originally built as a church in the sixth century, and expanded and reconstructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. During the period of Ottoman rule it was converted to a special covered market, called Bedesten. Since its reopening after an extensive renovation in 2009 it is used as a cultural centre.
By Margaret Sheard …..
Saturday 15th April was World Art Day and a very significant day for the opening of an exhibition of Heidi Trautmann’s work at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre in Famagusta.
A coach had been arranged, by Irene Raab of Kaleidoskop, for people from Girne and surrounding areas which started off from the car park in Girne and collected a few people (including Chris and myself) at Supreme Supermarket in Çatalköy. It made a nice change for Chris to make the journey to Famagusta in comfort and be able to enjoy the scenery en-route for a change.
The opening of Heidi’s exhibition was at 6pm and we arrived in plenty of time so were able to chat with one or two people we knew before the speeches and official opening of the exhibition of 148 paintings, a small selection of the many paintings, which Heidi has produced during the 16 years she has lived in North Cyprus. In fact Heidi told me there were more paintings but there was not enough space to exhibit the remaining 30+.
There were a few familiar faces we recognised, including Ismail Isilsoy and his wife, who are great friends of Heidi, and had travelled from Yeşilirmak to be with her for this very special exhibition. Ismail is himself an artist and a few years ago we attended one of his exhibitions of wooden faces. He told me he isn’t doing any carving at the moment and is concentrating on his acting. Yet another talented person in our midst.
There were speeches from the Director of the EMU Centre for Cyprus Studies – Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı, the newly elected President of the European Mediterranean Art Association – Zehra Şonya and the Vice-President of EMAA – Esra Plűmer Bardak who is also an art history lecturer at Girne American University. They all praised Heidi for her dedicated work in the field of art and obviously had a great deal of admiration and respect for her and the many achievements accomplished in the 16 years she has lived in North Cyprus.
Heidi then followed with her own speech, welcoming her guests and thanking those who had supported her exhibition in so many ways. Heidi said in her speech … “Many people ask what is art? What does it stand for? Is it part of interior design…or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it can heal people… For me ART is LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people, it is to understand matters of nature and humanity, drawing a person from life over many sittings has shown me the many facets of a model’s personality. Art is as old as our globe” …… “It is World Art Day today, a reason to think about its worth. There is still so much to see and to learn, for example what material people are made of, they carry in them the secrets of the soil they were born on, what shadows are on their souls through the daily events that are thrown in their way. It is people that make the culture of a country, all members of society are creators in one way or another and we need to respect and recognise all of them, it is a country’s language. I think this is the main purpose of making art”. The full speech can be viewed by clicking here
The exhibition was then open to the people attending and they started to work their way through the Grand Exhibition Hall to view some of the paintings which Heidi has produced during her life in Cyprus from 2001 to 2016. There were also catalogues in two volumes showing Heidi’s work which were on sale.
Personally I have mixed feelings about art as I do not have an ounce of talent in this direction but I can appreciate the work of those who are talented and their interpretation of what they see. I spoke with Gulseven Atay, who is also an artist, and was there with her husband Morton Coles. Gulseven told me that all artists see things differently and when they join Heidi for their art life classes all of the artists’ work on that day can be very different.
We are aware of Heidi’s great passion for art and she sees it not only as a form of relaxation and interpretation, but that it also has much to offer to children to make them more self-confident and understanding of their fellow beings. The children of today can make a big difference to the world of tomorrow and through art there can be a big difference as to how people interact and understand each other.
Heidi’s exhibition will be open from 15th April to 15th May. Times are Monday to Friday 9-12:00 and 13:00-17:00 hrs. For any visitors wishing to view the exhibition out of normal hours or at weekends, they should ask the security/information man to give access and switch on the lights. For visitors wishing to meet Heidi, she will be at the exhibition on Friday of each week.
The exhibition is well worth a visit to see the many paintings on display. The paintings are for sale and will be available for collection at the end of the exhibition from the Rauf Raif Denktaş Cultural and Congress Centre or, by arrangement, in Nicosia or Girne by contacting Heidi on 0533 876 7470.
Nos. 118-133 (Street Scenes) €50 / 200TL and all other paintings €100 / 400TL.
Heidi herself spoke of her advancing years and this could well be her last big exhibition.
To visit Heidi’s website where you can view a vast collection of art news click here