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Figen PHELPS
Documentary film maker and former Istanbul State Ballet dancer
Figen Phelps
Photo Credit: BBC Interview

-Interview with Figen Phelps on Lightmillennium.Org

Figen Phelps studied Classical Ballet and Cecchetti Technique in Ankara State Conservatory from 1971 till 1978 with Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Beatrice Appleyard and Angela Bayley. She then moved to Istanbul and graduated from Istanbul State Conservatory in 1980. She joined Istanbul State Ballet same year as a full time dancer. She performed there for fourteen years in many productions amongst them were Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty etc. She also had the privelage to dance with Rudolf Nureyev in Romeo and Juliet.

In 1994 she moved to London and embarked on a new career as a TV editor and producer. From then on she has made many films for leading advertising agencies and corporate clients.

From 1997 onwards she has been working on a documentary on the History of the Turkish Ballet. In this context, she recently produced a 10 minute documentary on Ninette de Valois, Founder of the Turkish Ballet, based on the last interview Madame gave to her ten years ago before her death. It is shown in the conference held at Royal Opera House during 1-3 April 2011.

She is planning to complete her documentary and search for sponsors.

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[In Turkish]

Figen Phelps 1971 – 1978 yılları arasında Ankara Devlet Konservatuvarı’nda Moly Lake, Travis Kemp, Beatrice Appleyard ve Angela Bayley ile Klasik Bale ve Cecchetti Tekniği çalıştı. 1978 yılında İstanbul’a geçerek, İstanbul Devlet Konservatuvarı’ndan 1980 yılında mezun oldu. Ayni yıl İstanbul Devlet Balesi’ne kadrolu sanatçı olarak atandı. 14 yıl aralarında Kuğu Gölü, Coppelia, Uyuyan Güzel gibi eserlerin de olduğu birçok temsilde rol aldı. Rudolf Nureyev’le Romeo ve Juliet balesinde oynama fırsatı buldu.

1994 yılında Londra’ya giden Phelps Televizyon editörlüğü ve yapımcısı olarak yeni kariyerine başladı. Önde gelen reklam şirketleri ve büyük ticari kuruluşlar için filmler yaptı.

1997 yılından itibaren Türk Bale Tarihi üzerine bir belgesel yapmaya başladı. Bu arada yakınlarda Türk balesinin kurucusu Dame Ninette de Valois ile hakkında - on yıl önce ölmeden evvel kendisiyle gerçekleştirilen en son söyleşiyi yapan kişi olarak, bu belgeselin 10 dakikkalik kısa bir bolumu Valois’in ölümünün 10. Yılı dolayısı ile İngiliz Kraliyet Balesi’nce 1-3 Nisan 2011 tarihlerinde gerçekleştirilen konferansta gösterildi.

Belgeselini bitirmek için kararlı olan Phelps halen sponsor arayışlarını sürdürmektedir.

Links / Bağlantılar:
1 – Royal Ballet School
http://www.royalballetschool.co.uk/dvconference/
2 - Video / BBC World News (EN)
How Ninette de Valois took the ballet to Turkey? Ninette de Valois Türkiye’ye baleyi nasıl getirdi? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_today/9451489.stm
3 – Söyleşi / BBC Türkçe Radyo (TR)
Figen Phelps ve Sibel Kasapoğlu ile Konferans ve Ninette de Valois belgeseli üzerine bir söyleşi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/turkce/multimedya/2011/04/110408_audio_arts_dame_ninette_de_valois_conference.shtml
4 – Söyleşi / BBC World News (TR - 1973)
Ninette de Valois ile 1973 yılında yapılan bit röportaj
http://www.bbc.co.uk/turkce/multimedya/2009/11/091112_anni_dame_ninette.shtml

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