Istanbul – You’ve probably seen the original film version of Let the Right One In, a disturbingly beautiful coming-of-age story that involves a bullied Swedish tween and what initially appears to be his female counterpart. That first movie adaptation, based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, placed the story in the bleak snowed-in playgrounds of a Stockholm suburb; a second film adaptation took the tale to the mushy fields of New Mexico.
But how do you take that same story to an empty theatre stage in Istanbul?
To architect Alper Derinboğaz, the answer was also in the topography itself: he and the team members of Salon produced Oblique Land, a central element that broke and united the stage floor at will. ‘As soon as we read the script, the idea of creating a dialogue between the space and performance emerged,’ he explained. ‘Within the given limits of the stage we were free to reinterpret the architecture of the play.’
He wanted to rethink theatre’s stagnant stage repertoire and articulate it as a dynamic landscape rather than a background