Government demands dance group “cover up”

Turkish news site ABC reported on Monday that Mustafa Erdoğan, the General Director of one of Turkey’s most successful dance groups, has revealed that government circles told him his dancers should “cover themselves up”.

The dance group, Fire of Anatolia, has earned acclaim for its shows in over 85 countries around the world. The routines are performed by 120 dancers, and boast sophisticated choreography and visual effects.

Erdoğan, who also acts as the group’s choreographer, told Hürriyet reporter İpek İzci that he had refused the demands, adding that his group would compromise neither on their artistic nor their political identity. “An artist is a person who works independently of the state”, added Erdoğan.