"Let's be that perfect couple that everyone hates"
Meet the perfect couple. Their marriage is full of love, laughter and happiness. A true power couple. Now they are here to share their love story. But some things shouldn’t be shared..
BioPower is an intimate storytelling performance which unveils the darker, private struggles of a relationship. They face societal expectations of a man, a woman, spouse and parent. Is their love enough to hold them together?
Farah Coppola was born in Sicily to a Sicilian father and a French mother. She ended up in the land of Dutchies at the age of ten. She kept her Italian taste in food, her French sense of romance and adopted Dutch punctuality. She fell in love with stories as a little girl. Her mom used to make up stories every night before bedtime. Later in life she rediscovered this lost love and embraced it with full force. A feeling so strong that made her quit pursuing a career in European Politics. She completed the Mezrab Storytelling School in 2021. Farah opens up about the divine comedy drama of her life bloopers, her family and strange encounters. Farah’s style is a combination of Southern European temperament and Northern European logic. She has an open and energetic demeanor and always leaves you with something to contemplate.
Betal Özay had been telling stories or lies (depends on your perspective) at the courthouses as a lawyer but he had enough of that. So he found a way out. The movie that he wrapped together with his sister became a box-office hit in Turkey. He became curious about what it feels like to be at the center of attraction on stage so he attended Mezrab Storytelling School in 2020. Betal likes to peel off all himself in front of the audiences about being a lawyer with weird cases, a movie-maker life dealing with celebrities, a citizen of a failing country, a husband who does not have a stable income. He definitely did not expect to celebrate his 40th birthday, getting drunk under Covid-19 lockdown talking to his family through Zoom. So what’s next?
Raphael Rodan is an award-winning theatre maker and storyteller. Apart from the regular drama school, he had private lessons with the Israeli theatre master Hillel Neeman and an extensive immersion in the Meisner technique for acting at the Actors Temple in London. His work has received international recognition, playing in theatres and festivals all over Europe. In 2014 together with Farnoosh Farnia and Sahand Sahebdivani, he created The Mezrab Storytelling School. The school is using unique and original techniques developed by its team. Apart from that he teaches regularly at the Academy of Theatre and Dance (ATD). Since 2018, together with Sahebdivani, he has been working as the Artistic Director of the Amsterdam Storytelling Festival.
Performed by: Farah Coppola and Betal Özay
Written by: Raphael Rodan, Farah Coppola and Betal Özay
Directed by: Raphael Rodan
Music supervised by: Ahmet Kenan Bilgic
Lights plan by: Mirko Lazović
Photos by: Karl Giesriegl
Poster design by: Serkan Mercan