Kumbaraci Yokusu 14, Tophane/Beyoglu, Istanbul | marquisedancehall.virb.com | +90-538 431 31 17
Opening Hours: 1.00pm-6.00pm Wed-Sat
Marquise Dance Hall is a gallery and art book store. Originally located in Brooklyn, New York, Directors Ayca Odabasi and Mark Van Yetter have organized numerous exhibitions, performances, poetry reading series, listening salons, and screenings in its itinerant locations since 2005.
"Jean-Luc Godard’s film “Pierrot Le Fou” (1965) uses the disjunctions and intrusions of mass culture and market in a narrative about the adventure of two characters whose lives are itinerant, fugitive, and on the make. As with Godard’s earlier films there is a mixture of conflicting parody and tribute. Towards the end, the characters arrive at a roadside club called Marquise Dance Hall from where a sequence of relationship mix-ups and betrayals ensues.
Taking the name from the film, Yetter and Ayca opened an itinerant space first in Brooklyn, New York in 2005 called Marquise Dance Hall. A record store, bookstore, occasional gallery, studio, and hidden home, it was a situation in which the form and content operated at the bare formalisms of a store. It had an inventory of vinyl records and used books, opening hours, cash register, and some customers. At the same time it was a little bit more. It was an arrangement of a series of activities that intimated a certain sensibility: the avoidance of habitual practice without abandoning the premise."