The 58-year-old epic is back on stage: An academic grade for Keşanlı Ali

Academics and students of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Ataturk University (GSF) Performing Arts Department receive applause for their “Keşanlı Ali Epic”. Prof. DR. The musical piece directed by Ayşe Pınar Aras meets the audience twice a week at the GSF Performance Center.

The 58-year-old epic is back on stage: An academic grade for Keşanlı Ali

The play “Keşanlı Ali Epic”, one of the masterpieces by Haldun Taner, one of the leading Turkish literary authors of the republican era, will be performed at Ataturk University this time.

“Keşanlı Ali Epic”, performed by academics and students from Atatürk University Faculty of Fine Arts (GSF), Department of Performing Arts, is applauded by the theatergoers. The play, which meets with the audience two days a week at the GSF Performance Center, mesmerizes the audience with the decoration by instructor Selim Cinisli, costume by Bekir Begen and lighting design by Fatih Yarşi.


Ataturk University Faculty of Fine Arts Head of Department Prof.Dr. In the play, directed by Ayşe Pınar Aras, students from the Performing Arts department of the GSF will take part. The music of “Keşanlı Ali”, one of the classics of Turkish theater composed by Yalçın Tura in 1964, has also been renewed. Orhan Kaplan, one of the faculty members of the GSF Performing Arts Department, has made original music for “Keşanlı Ali Epic” again after 58 years. Özer Akçay, lecturer in the music department of the GSF, and his friends accompany the actors during their live performances on stage.


In “Keşanlı Ali Epic” which has been played in many countries and has become a phenomenon in the history of Turkish theater and is still relevant; Sineklidağ is a slum suburb on the outskirts of a big city inhabited by the oppressed and the poor. Keşanlı Ali is imprisoned for the murder of Çamur İhsan and comes out of prison a hero. Ali has two dramas: first, he’s innocent; Secondly, Zilha, with whom he falls in love, is Çamur İhsan’s niece and hostile towards him. Ali, elected chief, creates a new order in Sineklidağ, but he has a serious conflict between his heart and his mind. As chief of his community; As a person, he is responsible for his love. Ali chose “Destan”. For whoever is calm, serene and master in this society will always be beaten and crushed. But if you are rough, strong, cruel, don’t know what you are talking about, then you will be respected.” Ali found out about this in prison and noticed a new Ali.

“Ironic criticism of exploitation”

Game director Prof. DR. Ayşe Pınar Aras thanked for the interest shown.

Recalling that with the increasing mechanization of agriculture in Turkey in the 1950s, Prof. DR. Aras raised the problem of unemployment among peasants working in the countryside, saying: “This situation has necessarily led to internal migration, and the migration of the villages to the big cities has started . This migration to the cities brought with it social problems such as ‘slums’, ‘class divisions’ and ‘distorted order’. “Keşanlı Ali Epic”, written by Haldun Taner in 1964 and one of the best examples of contemporary Turkish theatre, focuses on the problems of people who have immigrated from different parts of Anatolia and live in a slum called Sineklidağ. In the piece we brought an ironic social criticism to the migration issues of the time, the distorted construction created by migration and the working mechanisms of the exploitative order based on the specificity of the Sineklidağ district.


Deputy Director Assoc. Tamer Temel, on the other hand, said that the play, with its crowded cast, tells the story of people who emigrated from across the country with high hopes and their desperate struggles in a distorted order with both funny and tragic scenes.

associate Dr. Temel said: “With the epic of Ali from Keşan, we remind again the concept of neighborhood, which is one of the greatest values ​​of Turkish nation as a place but has been forgotten. It is possible to see in the play the love, solidarity and struggle in the neighbourhood, sometimes sincere and sometimes false human relationships, and all aspects of the neighborhood that is a common public neighborhood.

“Keşanlı Ali Epic”, staged by academics and students from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Atatürk University, will tour many cities of Anatolia and participate in the inter-university theater festival.

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