KeKeÇa

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, consisting of Tugay Başar, Timuçin Gürer, Gökçe Gürçay, Ayşe Akarsu and Özgü Bulut, was established in 2002 in Istanbul, Turkey. They produce performances, training sessions and workshops for culture, art and education projects, emphasising interactivity and often involving audiences within their performances. Operating internationally, they explore the possibilities of ‘movement that creates sound’ through body percussion and body music. KeKeÇa have long-term collaborations and projects established with young people, hearing-impaired and deaf communities, disadvantaged groups and other communities, as well as teachers, artists and performers. Recent performances and projects include Ashmolean Museum/University of Oxford, UK (2019); Europa InTakt, Germany (2010-2020); 2nd Mediterranean Music Therapy Meeting (Italy, 2019), Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey (2018); Erasmus+ Teaching Rhythm Through Body Percussion Project (2019-2020) and International Body Music Festivals (2008-2018).

Project Description

KeKeÇa present a series of digital interactive performances at key moments during the Biennial. Acknowledging the body as a place of lived experience, audiences will be encouraged to participate in the performances using their own bodies as percussive instruments. Positioning sound as a form of knowledge, KeKeÇa’s practice engages bodies in the state of being present while the resulting sounds and rhythms invoke histories of movement and migration. As part of the Biennial’s learning programme, KeKeÇa will conduct workshops with schools in Liverpool in order to develop a large-scale interactive performance. Their work culminates in a performance made up of an intergenerational group of participants.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial with support from SAHA Association and The Medicash Foundation.