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Photography by Nadine Tremblay

When not writing and teaching, Mehmet Karabela produces music and dance. He has collaborated with Arab, Austrian, Balkan, German, Indian, Persian, and Turkish musicians. He is inspired by various songwriters, composers, and performers such as Leonard Cohen, Giora Feidman, Manos Loizos, Lata Mangeshkar, Vagif Mustafazadeh, Mansour Rahbani, M. Reza Shajarian, Hani Shenouda, Onno Tunç, Ustad Jalil Zaland, and the Man in Black.

 

In collaboration with Canadian dancers, Karabela produced choreographies, such as Masar, a story of four small town girls; and Cem Zizim: When the Past Meets the Present, a story of the 15th century Ottoman Prince who lived in exile in Egypt and Europe. Karabela integrates historical and religious motifs into the dance productions not only for their historical or liturgical significance but also for their dramatic power. Dance productions he produced included ballet and tap dance—sometimes with a Spanish Flamenco flavour or Sufi whirling dervish twist.

Karabela

Dance and Music Works

The following are some samples of music and dance works from Karabela's repertoire; but, this does not represent the full range of his production.

To learn more about Karabela's artistic endeavours and production and performance inquiries, please use the contact page.

Come See

Lyrics: Yunus Emre

Translation: Eric Ormsby

Music: Mehmet Karabela 

   and Ehsan Norouzian

Vocal: Kim Dunn

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Return of Aslan

Instrumental

Music: Ferhat Ayaz 

Composed & Produced by

Mehmet Karabela

Andreas Pichler

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Dance

  • Raqs in Andalus

  • Bedreddin's Dream

  • Bride of Beirut

  • Elysium

  • Masar: Air of Reverence

  • Cem Zizim: When the Past Meets the Present

  • Elaheye Naz

  • Hava Nagila

  • Sawt al-Hubb: A Tribute to Nagat el-Saghira

  • Janbaaz: Dragon Style

Music

  • Come See

  • Return of Aslan

  • Final Speech in the Green Gables

  • Rumi’s Funeral 

  • Pyaar Ne Kya Kiya

  • Contra spem spero!

  • From This Broken Hill

  • Tayrî Sallim

  • Rosemont: In Memory of Leonard Cohen

  • Arba‘a: Two Holes in Four Shots