Begüm Erciyas was born 1982 in Ankara / Turkey.

While studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, she was engaged in various dance projects in Turkey and became part of [laboratuar], a performing arts research and project group. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. Since 2006, she has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations, taking part in several collaborative and collective projects and meetings. She was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007/08, at K3- Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg in 2009 and at the Villa Kamogawa / Goethe Institute Kyoto in 2014.


In her work, the theater is often a setting for games of replacement, imagination and self-conviction. The nature of the protagonist is manyfold (objects, cameras, audience's voice, the voice of the hypnotist...). The audience becomes audience to their own perception. 


Her past works, such as Ballroom (2010), this piece is still to come (2012), A Speculation (2014), Voicing Pieces (2016), have been presented at several venues and in various contexts, such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Tanz im August Festival (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Kaaistudios (Brussels), STUK (Leuven), iDANS (Istanbul), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), EMPAC (Troy), Malta Festival (Poznan), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)….



photo from Ballroom

by Jenny Beyer