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Since 1963 till today, opens the curtains for 50 years
AST (AST; Ankara Art Theatre) – was founded at 6 December 1963 by Asaf Çiğiltepe and his friends as a revolutionary-progressive theater, is Turkey’s eldest and entrenched private theatre.
AST had protected its percipience of art as an avant-garde theatre which based on team-play. Güner Sümer had taken Asaf Çiğiltepe’s role of General Director of Art after his passing away at a car accident at 1967 while a tour was happening. After Güner Sümer, Rutkay Aziz had taken the place of General Director of Art. For many years Aziz had conducted that position, had his sign at stage as an actor and the director.

Mission and Objectives: 

Since the 60’s Turkey till todays’; AST is a school that educated hundreds of actors, writers, directors, stage designers, stage musicians and technicians; placed in history as a ‘touchstone’. AST had been a pioneer of youth and experimental theatre against commercial and subsidized ones in its turn of period. As a theatre based on repertory and team play, AST mostly had included contemporary world classics (Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Armand Salacrou, Max Frisch, August Strindberg) had especially gain an identity of being a ‘Brecht-Gorky Theatre’ ; In the meanwhile, it had given an importance to national contemporary Turkish theatre , (Nazım Hikmet, Orhan Kemal, Cahit Atay, Turgut Özakman) also had provided a contribution for educating a generation of new Turkish playwrights.

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AST produced 160 plays in total since the year 1963 and for 50 years it has been protecting its place at Turkey and also the rest of the world as a revolutionary and an avant-garde. To serve for ‘the mother’ of all arts; ‘the art of living’ became the basic artistic idea of AST since its founding.. AST, is opening its curtains with its socialist line of view, and human-centered foundation principles against the difficulties of acting a political theatre, the apolitical climate which had created by the new world order, the culture market which reduces the art to an empty entertainment.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

AST has 50-year experience in fine arts. Its experience will be useful for interculturel dialogue.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

AST would like to open to the world by international networks and ALF is one of the best network to realize this aim.