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Can (b. 1986, Turkey) is a cross-field artist, who works in the fields of theatre, dance, performance art and video art. He received his BA from Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Theatre Practices and his MA from the same institution in The Use of Digital Arts in Performing Arts. He received his second MA from ArtEZ University of The Arts in Performance Practices.

 

His works have been performed internationally in various festivals. With a somatic background and based on “the felt-sense”, Can’s work often explores the inner space of the human body and deals with the ecstatic, erotic, masculine/queer, ritualistic and archetypal body. Hospitality, the national image, interconnection(s) and the subtle body expansion are some of the recurrent themes in his works. He also works as a meditative catalyst and healer and borrows the term “artist-healer” from the American scholar Suzi Gablik. ALTAR (2018), a performative hybrid piece was awarded “The Best Innovative Theatre” and nominated as “The Best Choreography” and “The Best Light Design” by prestigious institutions. His recent work U___________S (2022), a choreographed dance piece based on minimalism and the gaze as an extension of touch, investigates the role of the felt-sense in the bodies of fascism, eroticism and somatics against the epistemic violence.  His last creation The Helix (2022), which transforms the performance venue into a collective somatic ritualistic experience, has been performed in Amsterdam Fringe Festival. 

photo credit: selda yildirim

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