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Suzan Tunca

PhD candidate

S.A. Tunca
+31 71 527 2727


Spiritual Corporeality:
Towards a dance language mediating between spirit, matter and levels of reality

The central artistic concern of this investigation is the development of a dance language. On an epistemological level, the research aims to discover meaningful relations between the types of knowledge embodied in dance and the areas of knowledge where physics and psychology, metaphysics and revelation, intersect.

The dance language probes into experientially verifiable, non-verbal principles that appear to condition the logos of its expression – the expressive and dynamic interplay between psyche and physis.
Imagination, intuition, and gnosis are here tested as potential creative mediators between ideas and matter. By pinpointing these state specific types of consciousness and related modes of knowing, distinct levels of subjectivity are articulated that lead to different perspectives on the perception of experiential reality. They stand for a very specific type of experiential knowledge.

Methods will be aligned with the nature of the areas of investigation: the non-verbal physical (dance), the verbal discursive (literature), and emerging relations between them (dance language). A framework for observation will be developed that allows space for the expression and reception of physical and mental ideas that are not solely interpretable and verifiable from a rational point of view.

Envisaged outcomes are speaking physical and verbal approximations towards an intuited experiential field in between, underneath or beyond the mind/body, psyche/physis or ideas/matter divide.
To understand the nature of the meaning of deep incorporation of consciousness and its expression through dance movement plays a key role here.

PhD supervisor

Prof.dr. Janneke Wesseling

Teaching activities

Artistic research at the BA dance department at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam.

Curriculum vitae

Suzan Tunca (1975, Germany) studied theatre dance at the highschool for the arts in Arnhem (1994-97). Since 1998 she has worked as a dancer, choreographer and choreographic assistant in the Netherlands and internationally, among others with Krisztina de Châtel and Dylan Newcomb. Between 2005-2013 she danced with Emio Greco | PC.  2007 she was nominated for the “swan most impressive dance performance” in the Netherlands. 2015 she completed a research MA artistic research at the University of Amsterdam with a video work and live performance at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.
Suzan is currently responsible for the dance research activities at ICKamsterdam, the development and implementation of the artistic research curriculum for dancers at CODARTS, and member of DASresearch THIRD.
With her work as a dance researcher in professional and educational contexts and as a performing artist, she aims to contribute to the continous regeneration and advancement of dance as an autonomous art form and as an invaluable source for embodied knowledge and understanding.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten
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