"With his solo performance, "Unterwegs Tabula Rasa," in Vienna in 1999, he was entitled as “The Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year in Austria” by the Ballet International Magazine."
"By passing on all the experience he acquired in time, he tried to guide other people in expanding their boundaries and in their discovery of the power within themselves with his workshop DERVISH IN PROGRESS"
Ziya Azazi, based in Vienna was born in Antakya, Turkey. He studied at Mining Faculty in Istanbul Technical University between 1986 and 1991, when he also studied gymnastics.
From 1990 to 1994, he created his first choreographic works in the State Theatre of Istanbul. He worked with Tanz Atelier Sebastian Prantl (TAW), Tanz Hotel, and Willi Dorner between 1994 and 1998. Having put on stage his solo performance, "Unterwegs Tabula Rasa," in Vienna in 1999, he was awarded with a scholarship by Summer Dance Week Vienna (Dance Web), and he was entitled “The Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year in Austria” by the Ballet International Magazine.
Azazi started to explore the traditional dance of the Sufis in 1999. Choreographing this dance with different interpretations, he created his solo performances "Work in Progress I" (2001), "Work in Progress II" (2003). He continued to work with Vienna Volksoper, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, and Grand Théâtre de Genevre during those years.
Continuing his interest in the traditional dances, he integrated his knowledge of experimentality and repetition that he acquired through these dances with his own artistic and emotional orientation. He created “Dervish” combining his two solo works, "Dervish in Progress" (2004) and "Azab" (2005), which were the products of this period.
While enriching the power of his solo dance with his continuous research, Azazi stayed in contact with different disciplines. Meanwhile, he developed the project “Icons” (2007) in collaboration with the French musician Serge Adam. He questioned iconization and the relations with traditions in this project.
His questioning the traditional and research into the nature of repetition and life cycle led him to add fire in his solo dance. Blending the natural characteristics of fire with his dance, the artist created his work named “Ember” (2010).
His interaction with fire, his studies in whirling, and his ideas about the concept of cyclicality paved the way for his project “Energy” (2012). In this project, he once again worked with different disciplines, and he shared the eternal transform of fire and its aesthetics with his audience.
In his last project, “Bolero” (2014), he integrated the amazing repetition cycle in Ravel’s music with the aesthetics of his dance. In this solo performance, he presented his audience with different dynamics of dance by reflecting all the techniques he developed throughout the years and using the technological opportunities.
Besides putting forth many works both as a dancer and a choreographer during his career, Azazi also gave great importance to workshops. By passing on all the experience he acquired in time, he tried to guide other people in expanding their boundaries and in their discovery of the power within themselves.
Based in Vienna, Azazi continues to produce new projects and his workshops.