‘Bin Boğalar Efsanesi is a work for our times…with clear implications to the plight of many migrants, their lands left behind, in so similar a situation today’
Melih Fereli, ARTER
Bin Boğalar Efsanesi is a new transcultural music theatre work, featuring the astonishing sounds of Bozlak and Anatolian voices, Bağlama and the Turkish and Western instruments performed by Hezarfen Ensemble. Based on Yaşar Kemal’s masterpiece Legend of 1000 Bulls (sung in Turkish with surtitles), the story tells of the demise of the last of the nomadic Yörük tribes in the Çukurova/Adana region of southeastern Turkey. The tribal way of life is destroyed by the ever- growing greed of those around them and time is running out. The Karachullu tribe is forced to consider previously unthinkable options in order to survive another season of migration from the Çukurova plain to the nearby Aladağ mountains.
Bin Boğalar Efsanesi is Michael Ellison’s third transcultural-musical theatre work, following on from the critically acclaimed Deniz Küstü which premiered at Süreyya Opera House, Istanbul in 2016.