Suzan Tunca (1975) studied theatre dance at the highschool for the arts in Arnhem. Since 1998 she has worked as a dancer, choreographer and choreographic assistant in the Netherlands and internationally. Until 2005 she collaborated among others with Krisztina de Châtel and Dylan Newcomb. With her solo works, she invested in a long term dialogue between the dancing body and the development of interactive music technology transcribing motion into sound. Between 2005-2013 she danced with Emio Greco | PC. In 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 the video work and live performance “The Logic of the Dancing Body” and a written thesis “Esoteric Dimensions in the Logic of the Dancing Body.”
She is currently researching dance at ICK dans amsterdam under the thematic umbrella of dance documentation, notation and transfer.
Suzan Tunca is enrolled at PHDarts as a PhD candidate.
The spiritual body – prismatic approximations towards how 'the soul' acts in the (dancing) body
The spiritual body – prismatic approximations towards how 'the soul' acts in the dancing body, is an extension of earlier research conducted in the context of the MA artistic research at the UVA.
The research is subdivided into three parts:
I. Constructing an open epistemology and ontology of how 'the soul' might be considered as acting through the (dancing) body via a dialogical/comparative literature research along two axes: the edge between physics and psychology and the edge between metaphysics and revelation.
II. Practical research in and through dance and choreography into non-verbal principles of experiential validity in dance that condition the logic of its expression- possibly contextualized within a spatial paradigm informed by projective geometry as it is imagined in anthroposophical forms of thought.
III. Reflections on possible relations between I. and II.
The MA thesis reflected upon the relations between Western esotericism and dance theory under a.o. the heading of “bridging other epistemologies: underneath and beyond the rational.” As an expansion of this theme, the aim is to theoretically approach and practically express a specific, intuited expansive experiential field underneath and beyond the mind/body or mind/matter divide from the reflective perspectives of a selection of theory based and art practice based angles.
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