Director, concept, edit, camera: Samira Elagoz
Cock, Cock… Who’s There? is not your average show about rape, female bodies, online dating, feminism or the male gaze. Samira Elagoz takes us along on her personal research project across three continents. From online platforms, like Tinder and Chatroulette, to close encounters, she showcases gender relations in their brutal and wonderful ambivalence, and takes the audience on her journey of regaining power and attempts to relate to men. She explores desire, the power of femininity and the female gaze in a world in which the virtual and the real are inextricably intertwined.
*WINNER OF THE TOTAL THEATRE AWARDS 2018* *WINNER OF THE PRIXJARDIN D’EUROPE 2017* *WINNER OF THE ANDRÉ VELTKAMP AWARD* *2016 NOMINATED FOR THE BNG BANK NEW THEATERMAKER AWARD* *ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING TALENTS OF 2017 - TANZ MAGAZINE* *NOMINATED FOR THE JUDGES CHOICE AWARD : “shows with the finger on the pulse of social change" 2018*
André Veltkamp Award, Amsterdam Prix Jardin d'Europe, Vienna Total Theatre Awards, Edinburgh
“( ★★★★★ ) Cock Cock becomes a statement of fierce defiance without ever raising its voice to a shout.
“Best takes on the male gaze”
( ★★★★★ ) "hyper-personal research is layered and universal"
“Lyn Gardner: New voices challenge our idea of ‘good’ theatre”
“..possibly the best thing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year… The result is piece of art that’s far more nuanced, intelligent and adult in its consideration of sexuality and femininity than the vast majority made on the subject.”
“( ★★★★★ ) ..intimate and raw while simultaneously being clinical and distanced. Part experiment, part film, part f*ck you...This is the kind of theatre I want to see.”
“( ★★★★✦ ) ..perhaps the presence of this work in so many festivals, or perhaps even the awards it has garnered, will encourage some self-archaeology on the part of her audiences.
"One of the top10 Theatre works of 2017"
“ ( ★★★★ ) ..her apparent fearlessness in the face of potentially dangerous and pervy internet strangers, her archly sexualised femininity–engenders discomfort and forces us to question our own prejudice.”
"If one piece captures the complexity of #metoo, it is 'Cock, Cock ... Who's there?' from Samira Elagoz."
“ ( ★★★★ ) “..there’s an ultimate sense that consensual intimacy is still a beautiful thing"
“..when you have seen the work you can’t but join its praisers. This is unlike anything you’ve seen before.”
“ ( ★★★★) This is a hard-hitting, graphic and difficult piece of theatre..”
"...A very complex and remarkable work in which, above all, humanity is the focus."
"A piece that hits the spot. Men should look at it gratefully."
( ★★★★) "She assembles and edits all this into a film that is as raw-realistic as it is frivolous, as moving as it is funny, as dramatic as it is optimistic."
“Raw yet exquisitely composed.. unapologetic in presentation of the female artists’ desires, bodies and experience..”
“( ★★★★) The strong performance is so physical that it makes the audience anxious -
"Samira Elagoz not only captures zeitgeist convincingly, but also show a remarkable mastery of the tools of her trade. Her editing and framing skills are extraordinary, the dramaturgy flawless. In short: ‘Cock, cock, who’s there’ is performance that resonates long after you leave the theatre."
“Though film and television are rife with representations of romantic exchange, Elagoz’s take on these meetings is utterly unpredictable.”
"To make the investigation interesting is not so much the ambiguous line of demarcation between truth and fiction already experienced by many contemporary performances, but rather the provocative forcing of many stereotypes on an already widely discussed subject."
"..one piece, in particular, got under our skin and kept returning to us. The issues it raised and dealt with did not settle on a closure either in the work itself or in our discussions. Through a skillful interweaving of multiple genres such as live performance, creative documentary, and docu-fiction, Cock, Cock Who’s There? by Samira Elagoz performs a series of unsettling, thought-provoking boundary-crossings. In its investigation on the longing for intimacy and connection, it traverses the gray spaces between violence and intimacy; reality and fiction; life and art; the public and the private; victimhood and agency, and between and within the multiple roles one embodies."
PERFORMANCE HISTORY / UPCOMING:
Reykjavik (16th of November) Actoral, Marseille (4th - 5th of October) Dublin Fringe, Dublin Diver Festival, Tel Aviv Wiesbaden Biennale, Wiesbaden Tampere international theatre festival, Tampere Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Ambulante, Mexico City Revolve festival, Uppsala Stadsteater IPAF festival, Warehouse9, Copenhagen Labo festival, Cullberg ballet/Stockholm BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen Kaaitheater, Brussels Gesnerallee, Zürich Campo, Ghent Theatre Bellevue, Amsterdam Magro Theater, Mantova Beursschouwburg, Brussels Rotterdamse schouwburg Spider festival, Ljubljana Homo Novus festival, Riga Black Box, Oslo Impulstanz, Vienna, **Winner of Prix Jardin d'Europe Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo Hango Teaterträff, Hanko The EYE film museum, Amsterdam Spring Festival, Utrecht Radical Jung theatre Festival, Munich Campo, Ghent Something Raw festival, Amsterdam Mad House, Helsinki Les Urbaines, Lausanne NU performance Festival, Tallinn Frascati theatre, Amsterdam Theater Aan Zee, Ostende