CANAN YUCEL PEKICTEN

Born in 1985, Canan Yücel Pekiçten is a choreographer, dancer and lecturer with a bachelor, master’s and proficiency degrees in the Arts, and a PhD degree in Dance. Her works were performed nationally in Istanbul, in the 19th and 21st Istanbul Theatre Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and internationally in Vilnius, New York, Gothenburg, Turin and Poland, receiving the first prize at Gdansk Dance Festival. She has been granted several artist residencies in Saari Residence (Kone Foundation, Finland), 3:e Våningen (Sweden), Movement Research (ArtsLink, New York), Espace Darja (Morocco), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany), and Cité Internationale des Arts (France). She participated in the Utrecht Spring Dance Festival and worked and performed with local and foreign choreographers in the 58th Venice Biennale. Her experiences and observations on social class and cultural diversity, as well as the effects of personal and collective memory on subjects constitute the basis of her work. In her most recent work, she focuses on the representation of the female body in contemporary art.