MISSION & HISTORY
The internationally acclaimed Collage is one of Boston’s advocates for multicultural collective expression. Exemplifying their mission to promote harmony between people from different cultural and social backgrounds, Ahmet Lüleci integrates Eastern European traditional performance with modern Western techniques.
Collage grew out of Ahmet Lüleci's goal of making folk dance and music more accessible and interesting to a general audience. The company presents a range of pieces, from traditional choreographies to more modern interpretations that remain true to the spirit of the dance. Using music that makes people want to jump out of their seats and join the dance, the company showcases the beauty, energy and passion of these neglected dance forms as well as the cultural heritage they represent.
Ahmet made important progress in this goal with Eastern Tides, a piece created for the most recent Boston Moves event, commissioned by Dance Umbrella. His recent works, Balkan Blues, Passing, Duality, Identity, Anatolia and Rituals continues this choreographic direction.When he moved to Boston in the late 1980s, Ahmet founded Turkish traditional dance group called Kemence. As the company became more experienced and more professional, he brought in non-turkish material and ultimately changed the name to Collage Dance Ensemble. Today Collage features 20 + dancers, performing in the US, Canada, and Turkey.
Awards / Grants / Commissions
Crash Arts', Dance Straight up 2006
Crash Arts', Ten's the limit 2005
DRP, Crossing 2005
Crash Arts', Dance Straight up 2004
Golden Karagöz Dance Competition, Bursa, Turkey 2003
Boston Cultural Arts Council grant 2002
Dance Umbrella, Boston Moves 2001
Boston Cultural Arts Council grant 2001
Boston Cultural Arts Council grant 2000
Event of the Year Award, Boston University, Boston, MA 1998
Event of the Year Award, Boston University, Boston, MA 1997