Daniel Hayward initially studied for a Masters degree in Social Anthropology. Once completed, he decided to switch to dance, training at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. As a performer he has worked with choreographers such as Gabrielle Staiger, Arthur Rosenfeld, Gabriella Maiorino, Pia Meuthen and Wies Merkx. At the same time he has steadily been developing his own work through residencies in The Netherlands and abroad. Turkey is his first collaboration with DWA/ Dansmakers Amsterdam in 2009.