Roma Dance in Istanbul

Last summer “Shimmy” dancer and associate producer, Shivaun, spent three months working with Roma (gypsy) dancers in Istanbul.  Her interviews with some of Istanbul’s most well-known Roma dancers like Sema Yildiz, Reyhan Tuzsuz, and Gigi Dilsah revealed that Roma dance is changing quickly as the city of Istanbul changes.  Her article, “Gentrification and Roma Dance in Istanbul” was published in the Journal of the Dom Research Centre and sheds light on the problems facing Roma dancers in Turkey.

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