Drum roll, please!!
After 5 years, my documentary dance film about Nejla Y. Yatkin, Where Women Don’t Dance, is just minutes away from being finished. I got great feedback from Nejla last week, and we confirmed that the film will have a preview showing in Chicago on April 3, 4 & 5 during performances of Nejla’s new evening length work at Links Hall. I am traveling to Chicago with my family and will introduce the film and participate in a talkback about it following the show.
This is an exciting (and scary!) time to show the film before it’s fully finished. Right now, the missing piece is the sound design, and soon Bob Novak will score the film. I’m so grateful to my supporters who donated to this documentary on Hatchfund, because without them we would never have made it this far. I can’t wait to tell you all about a big premiere when all the pieces have come together! I hope you’ll join us if you’re in Chicago!
About the Film
The upcoming documentary Where Women Don’t Dance celebrates one woman’s strength and perseverance in her culture and career. Choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin’s pursuit of a career in dance risks ostracism from her family and is a defiant departure from cultural custom. Hers is an inspiring story that translates beyond the personal. In many ways, this documentary is a contribution to a more serious conversation about the ways women face restrictions in full expression near and far.
About Nejla’s Show
Berlin-born Turkish choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin is celebrating both her fifth year in Chicago and her 15th anniversary as a solo artist with a new solo world premiere at Links Hall entitled What Dreams May Come. What Dreams May Come is an evening length multi media dance theatre piece choreographed and danced by Nejla Y. Yatkin. The solo explores the intersection and connections between the personal and the public, between how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived.