Choreography is his Filter
Choreographer Muhammed Kaltuk was born and raised in Switzerland in a conservative Turkish family. As an effort to break out of his upbringing, Kaltuk made a name for himself in the Swiss Hip Hop scene. At the age of 22 he had his first production experience at a theater and recognized it as a possibility to find his own voice, as a way to artistically deal with the world.
At the age of 25 he started his dance education at the “Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz” in Zurich. His goal was to further develop his movement from his background in Hip Hop, but also to get to know and use other dance qualities and styles. That is where he discovered his passion for composing and creating material from the movement repertoire of the dancers he works with, expanding the boundaries of these dancers and intertwining it with his own style and aesthetic ideas of dance. This has become his signature way of working as well as the socially critical, political and personal themes in his creations.
His awareness of the world around him fills him with passion to seek change and improvement. His clear voice through movement and the way the work provokes emotions as well as self reflection in his audiences are significant. With his fusion of Hip Hop and Contemporary he appeals to all ages in the audience, especially to those who otherwise do not feel seen, heard or represented in the theatre space.
With topics such as Toxic Masculinity at Theater St.Gallen, origin at Luzerner Theater and territories at Theater Basel, Father Politics with his own Company, he makes clear statements on issues that concern him and society.
Important in work
Each dancer is individual in his own way and thus brings different strengths as well as weaknesses, which is a crucial point for Muhammed Kaltuks work. It is his intention to find the individual physical limits and to reshape them. He wants him, as well as everybody involved in a project, to benefit and learn from the different body language. Everyone has their own way of moving and interpreting.