LEYLA TOPRAK

PERFORMANCE ARTIST AND DIRECTOR

Toprak (1980) was born in Istanbul. She took part in the artistic activities of modern dance collective Mesopotamia Dance, in Istanbul between 2003 – 2013. In 2014, she graduated from Performing Arts Department at Istanbul Bilgi University. She studied Masters at Cinema at Istanbul Bilgi University at 2015-2017. She wrote, choreographed and directed several performances and short video works.

EDUCATION

2015 - 2017 Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Turkey Master’s degree in Film and TV

2011 - 2014 Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Turkey Bachelor’s degree in Management of Performing Arts

2010 - 2011 Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Turkey A year of English Prep Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003-2014 Mesopotamia Culture Center, Istanbul Turkey Participated in contemporary dance projects in the contemporary dance department. Choreographed performances and lectures theoretical art subjects.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Mem ü Zin Dance Theatre / Dancer, 2003

Thought (Düs-ün-ce) - Contemporary Dance / Choreographer and Dancer, 2006

Border - Contemporary Dance / Dancer, 2007

Lost - Dance Theatre / Actor, 2007

Saga of Kawa - Dance Theatre / Dancer, 2008

2011 Mesopotamia Culture Center, Istanbul Has performed in “Kayip Ülkede Ask” play by the theatre department (Theatre Jiyana nü)

PROJECTS

Görüldü - Dance Theatre / Choreographer and dancer, 2012

Durmak Yok - Performance / Performer 2012

S-andiniz - Contemporary Dance / Dancer, 2013

Soulless Bodies - Improvisation Dance With Music, 2013

Performanscinin Yolculugu - Performace / Performer, 2014

Köklerinin Sesi - Theatre / Actor, 2014

Invisible Bodies / Installation, 2014 , Consept and Performer

Red Handkerchief / Film, 2015, Director

Distant/ Film, 2015, Director

Distant/Film-Performance / 2015

The Boy film/Actor 2015 The Room film/Asistant of

The Room film/Asistant of Director and Director of Player

PROJECTS ASSISTED

November 2008 Otogar Istanbul a photo project, Art Fair ARTIST, Istanbul, Turkey by Savas Boyraz

2010 - 2011 Førsnøen faller” a feature fiction film, Line Producer assistant (Savas Boyraz) for Turkey,

(Dragon Award winner of 2013 Goteborg Film Festival) By Hisham Zaman

June - August 2013  “Invisible Landscapes / Face to Face”, a photo and video for Kurdistan Iraq (New Nordic Photography 2013 Hasselblad Center)by Savas Boyraz

ADDITIONAL STUDIES

2013 - 2014 Our Imagination and Us by Berrak Yedek (Isadora Duncan Dance School in Prague)

2013 The Research of Physicalism in Performer with Body Dramaturgy by Evren Erbatur

2013  I, Body and Character (Workshop) by Burcu Halacoglu

2011 - 2013 Fundamentals of Acting by Zisan Ugurlu (Acting teacher at New School, New York)

2012  Intimate Relationship (Workshop) by Tomas Varges

2009  Skinner Releasing Technique by Gaby Agis

FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL SCREENING

1. Yılmaz Güney Film Festival / Turkey 2015

2. Minimalen Short Film Festival /Norway 2016

3. Exilfilm Film Festival / Sweden 2016

4. Clermont - Ferrand International Short Film Festival /France 2016

5. !F Istanbul Film Festivali / Turkey 2016

6. Weld Dance Company /Sweden 2016

7. Women to women / Sweden 2016

8. 14. International Filmpurple Women Film Festival /Turkey 2016

9. İsmailla Film Festival- Egypt 2016

10. 2. Kurd Culture and Art Festival- İstanbul/Turkey 2016

11. Nortwest Festival- Canada 2016

12. 9. Documantarist Documentary Days –İstanbul/ Turkey 2016

13. 22. İFSAK Short Film Festival -İstanbul/Turkey 2016

14. Meditaren Festival- France 2016

15. 59. Lepzig International Film Festival- Leipzig /Germany 2016

16. Fort McMurray Film International Film Festival/Canada 2016

17. 10th Psarokokalo Internation Short Film Festival /Grecee 2016

18. 4th Duhok Film Festival /Kurdistan 2016

19. Films Femmes Mediterranee –Marsilya/ France 2016

20. Grand Off World Independent Film Fest/Warsow/Poland 2016

21. 12th Passaggi d’autore Mediterranean short film festival-Sardinia/Italy 2016

22. TISFF 2016 Short Film Festival /Grecee 2016

23. Drama 22nd International Short Film festival / Grecee 2016

24. Lyon University Special Screen / France 2016

25. Filmamed Documentary Film Festival / Turkey 2016

26. Venti Di Mesopotamia /Rome İtaly 2017

27. Moscow International Documentary Film Festival /Russian 2017

28. Berlin Film Society / Berlin 2017

29. Rome Casa Internazionale Delle Donne / Italy 2017

30. Still Voives Short Film Festival / Ireland 2017

31. Babel Film Festival / Italy 2017

32. Roma Cinecitta Film Festival / Italy 2017 

33. Bouilland Special Screeening by Lucie Mouquet / France 2017

34. Libby Sacer Foundation / Athens, Grecee 2017

35. Interflugs Film / Berlin, Germany 2017

 

AWARDS

 

2016  Clermont-Ferrand Shot Film Festival Special Jury Mantion Prize

2016  14 International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival Purple Camera Promising Woman Filmmaker Prize

2016 İFSAK Short Film Festival, Documentary Best Short Film 3th Prize

2016 11st Film Femmes Mediterrane Film Festival, Audience Award

2016 10th TIFSS, THESS International Short Fİlm Festival - Cinematic Achievement Award