The Silicon Dance Project is a collaboration between Massachusetts-based Chimaera Physical Theater and The Ankara State Opera’s Modern Dance Turkey. These eight dancer/choreographers have joined together to present a physical, emotionally potent new work. This project marks a leap in the developing modern dance field in Turkey, as it is the first time for the Turkish State modern dance company to join a foreign company for an international artistic collaboration and touring project.
Beyhan Murphy, Artist Director and co-founder of Modern Dance Turkey, was invited back to her native land to found the company as part of the State Opera and Ballet after seventeen years in England as a free-lance dancer, teacher and choreographer. After a mere nine seasons, the ensemble has developed a colorful, varied repertoire. Half of it is by Turkish choreographers, the other half by international guests such as Ashley Page, Richard Alston, Amanda Miller, Matthew Hawkins, Mark Baldwin, Michael Popper, Rubato, Paul Clayden, Reinhild Hoffman and others.