Canan Yücel Pekiçten (TR) is selected for the Be Mobile - Create Together Residency Project

Dansmakers Amsterdam is partner in the Be Mobile – Create Together project promoting artistic and cultural exchange between Europe and Turkey. Emerging artists from the fields of visual and digital arts, performative arts, or emerging authors from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey are participating. They are offered the opportunity to spend time in artist residencies. Dance artist Canan Yücel Pekiçten will be in residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam from 1 - 20 October 2019 with a presentation on 20 October at Podium Mozaiek. 



Canan Yücel Pekiçten (TR 1985) is choreographer, dancer and lecturer with a bachelor, master and proficiency in arts/doctorate degree in Dance. Canan works from her experiences and observations on social class and cultural diversity. And from that: the personal and collective memory and the subjects it affects. In her most recent work she focuses on the representation of the female body in contemporary art. Work of her was performed nationally in Istanbul (19th and 21th Istanbul Theatre Festival) and internationally (Vilnius, NY, Turin, Poland (first prize Gdansk Dance Festival) and has been granted several artist residencies. She participated at the Utrecht Spring Dance Festival (2012) and worked and performed with local and foreign choreographers in a.o. 58th Venice Biennale. More info >>>


All About the Heart

Contemporary dance artist Canan Yücel Pekiçten opens for the audience the doors of three women’s hearts as she brings her unconventional take on three female characters from three different operas to the stage. The Queen of Der Zwerg Lied, Cio-Cio-San of Madame Butterfly, and the title character from the first opera written in Finnish, Pohjan Neito, are given new life through her female-centric performance. With these three solo pieces we will witness the metamorphosis of three female characters that were created by a sexist point of view.




“All About the Heart is the most exciting and impressive piece of art that has been encountered on the Istanbul dance scene for a long time; creator and dancer of the work is Canan Yücel Pekicten. Pekiçten’s dance technique is perfect, the composition she made is almost flawless, the conceptual ideas she found are breathtaking, the use of objects is creative, the use of music is atmospheric, the use of her body is courageous and challenging, her facial expressions and the relationship she created with the spectator by these expressions is hypnotic.(…)” Mehmet Kerem Özel, Danzon, Mimesis-dergi 2017/12




Be Mobile – Create Together! seeks to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between Europe and Turkey through the establishment of a multi-national and multi-disciplinary network of artist residencies across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Four established and active cultural institutions in Turkey, Institut français de Turquie, Embassy of the Netherlands in Turkey, Goethe-Institut and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) join forces to provide emerging artists and authors in Turkey opportunities to spend time in artist residencies across Europe, and vice versa.

16 well-reputed artist residencies across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey will provide artists with an ideal environment for creation and production as well as the possibility of getting involved in the local art and cultural scenes. The project sets out to initiate a wide international network between artists and authors working in creative arts, and institutions from Europe and Turkey, whilst fostering emerging talent.

The mobility-based, co-creation oriented, and peer-learning focused Be Mobile – Create Together! is realised within the framework of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.




The jury consisting of 12 representatives from the collaborating residencies and partner institutions revealed the list of final laureates entitled to participate in Be Mobile – Create Together!, following their final meeting on 24-25 June 2019. The jury distributed the artists between residencies for periodic stays considering their preferences and areas of interest. Starting from September 2019, selected artists from Turkey will visit residencies in Europe while artists in France, Germany and The Netherlands will stay and work in residencies in Turkey in varying periods. 
Dansmakers Amsterdam
Canan Yücel Pekiçten (1-20 October 2019)
Jan van Eyck Academie
Burcu Yağcıoğlu (November 2019)
Theater Rast
Diren Demir (1-31 October)
Writers Unlimited
Barbaros Altuğ (January 2020)

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