Volume 12, Number 25
18 April 2006

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A Successful Career in Dance: Korhan Başaran on Life After Graduation

Korhan Başaran is a Bilkent Department of Performing Arts graduate (2001). However, he is not an actor--he is a dancer. He became acquainted with dance when he was a student at Bilkent, and has continued his career as a dancer and also as a choreographer. He has participated in many dance projects both in Turkey and abroad. Recently, he was in Ankara in connection with his latest project, Tango Yansımaları, for which he teamed up with Mehmet Okansar. The Bilkent News interviewed Başaran during his visit here, and asked him about his career in dance and his plans for the future.

How did you become acquainted with dance, after starting out as an actor?

I started dancing when I was at Bilkent. I began with modern dance, because I felt it would be useful. I loved dance so much that I continued to study it. At the end of my second year at Bilkent, I went to a dancing school in Vienna for the summer. When I returned to Turkey, I met Binnaz Dorkip, who worked at the State Opera. She told me that she wanted to teach me. She directed me to the Modern Dans Topluluğu when I was in my third year at Bilkent, and I began performing there. Since graduating, I have participated in many dance projects.

Can you tell us about the project that you're working on now?

Yes, it's called the Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project. There will be a premiere performance at the end of May. In addition to that, I’m choreographing works of my own, such as the project I’m doing now with Mehmet Okonsar, Tango Yansımaları. But there will also be a "surprise project" in June, which will be very important to me. It may possibly take place in Ankara, and if so, I'm sure that you'll hear about it!

What other projects and performances have you participated in?

There have been many, but the most important one, which also received a lot of attention from the media, was Hürrem Sultan. I danced the lead, a character called Bostancıbaşı. He was the type of character that people are scared of at first, but end up loving.

Do you have any plans to act?

There's no time in my schedule for acting. If you want to do a good job, you shouldn't do too many things at once. I have some offers for acting roles, but I prefer to do the best job that I can at what I'm doing now.

Lastly, do you have any suggestions for Bilkent students?

I advise them to be brave, but to use their courage wisely, and supplement it with knowledge. In addition, they should not be afraid to be versatile. But above all, they should be true to themselves.

Gülay Acar (COMD/III)


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