“I have noticed that sometimes I frighten people; what they really fear is themselves. They think it is I who scare them, but it is the dwarf within them, the ape-faced manlike being who sticks up its head from the depths of their souls.” Pär Lagerkvist

Istanbul-Dance Artist, Choreographer, Lecturer

Canan Yücel Pekiçten based in Istanbul has Bachelor, Master, and Proficiency in Arts degrees in dance.  Her works were performed nationally in Istanbul, including the 19th and 21st Istanbul Theatre Festivals and internationally in Utrecht, Vilnius, Gdansk, Gothenburg, New York, Turin, Pamplona, Paris, Amsterdam, and Lisbon. With her choreography, she was awarded first prize at the 8th Gdansk Solo Dance Contest. She has been granted artist residencies in Saari Residence (Kone Foundation, Finland), 3:e Våningen (Sweden), Movement Research (ArtsLink, New York), Espace Darja (Morocco), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany), A Corner in the World (Istanbul) and Cité Internationale des Arts (France).  She collaborates with Turkish and International choreographers and artists and participated in several festivals as well as the 58th Venice Biennale.   Her research and creations distort, challenge, and revisit in depth the themes and cultural representations around orientalism, social class, and femininity.