2020 Vision #3: Ceyda Tanc

Ceyda Tanc trained at University of Roehampton & The State Turkish Conservatoire for Music & Folk Dance. Since 2012, Ceyda has created professional contemporary dance works with an all-female company. Drawing on Turkish folk dance, her work challenges traditional gender representation in a contemporary context. 

Ceyda Tanc. Photo by Amber Tanc

Ceyda has presented numerous solo programmes across the UK including at Brighton Festival, Hull Truck, The Old Market, The Showroom & The Point. In 2014, Ceyda undertook a tour of six venues across Turkey, and returned in 2017 for field research and a commissioned performance. Other choreographic commissions include: Map Dance, University of Roehampton & Royal Academy of Music, University of Chichester, University of Brighton, University of Roehampton, Hull Dance (City of Culture 2017), MOTUS Festival and The Place.

Ceyda directs a highly successful education programme. Her youth company were U.Dance finalists in 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019, and were invited by Richard Alston to perform alongside his company in 2015 and 2019. Ceyda is Associate Lecturer at University of Chichester, runs a series of technique classes for all ages, and has an education partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council.

In 2016 Ceyda opened a multi-arts studio in Brighton. In 2018 her first full-length work, KAYA, was commissioned by Brighton Festival for performance at Theatre Royal Brighton, and met with critical acclaim to a sold-out audience.

Ceyda Tanc's pick for 2020 Vision

By MANA Dance Company

Colette and Georgia of MANA Dance Company say: "This film reflects the issues of oppression and inequality and the inspiring movement for change. Shot in an industrial landscape, we challenge the impact of capitalism and the global struggle for people to make ends meet in a world with such disparity of wealth. 

"As a company we want to create dance that inspires people to question inequality and advocate change. We promote the importance of community and people coming together to stand in solidarity to promote positive change.

"We must act now. Will you help us?"

Ceyda says: "Colette and Georgia are two young dancers who have recently graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and have started making dance work independently. Their choreography and approach to making is bold, visceral and fearless.

"MANA Dance Company have a clear artistic vision and are extremely exciting to watch, both live and online. This young duo are determined, and have continued to work through lockdown to create LONG LIVE in collaboration with music producer Ansza. Seeking to incite positive change, the themes reflect issues facing their generation. The fierce movement vocabulary is beautifully complemented by the industrial landscape and driving soundtrack.

"Personally, I find young, emerging talent, extremely inspiring and MANA Dance Company are no exception. These young women are definitely ones to watch!"


2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.


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