Sunday, 1 April 2012

April Fools' Day with Cihangir Gümüstürkmen

A tip of the hat to the lovely Anthea Kawakib who originally linked to this on Twitter (find her: @TribeO).

Today's umlaut-heavy dancer is the spectacular Mr Cihangar Gümüstürkmen, performing as his alter ego Sibel Istanbul. It's immediately obvious - even behind all the gurning and pratfalling - that Cihangar is a raqs performer par excellence. Every time I thought that I'd got the gist of this and was going to stop watching, Cihangar pulled out another great move or clever gag that kept me watching to the end. This is a really affectionate piss-take without a mean bone in its body - you'll recognise this dancer, but not as anyone you actually know!

If you dug this, you can keep up with the multi-facted artist, musician and performer via his Facebook pages and his website.

And if you're in Dresden on 2 and 3 June, you can catch him in performance and do a drum solo workshop with him too. Lucky you!


  1. Love it. I think the ridiculous chest shimmies are my favourite- I was wondering how on earth 'she' stayed in her bra before I remembered that for this dancer that might not be an issue

  2. Gotta love Hollywood Tape!