Doctoral Students

Suzan Tunca
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Research summary

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.



Suzan Tunca (1975, DE) studied theatre dance at the Institute of the Arts, 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. In 2015 she completed the 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. Through her work as a dance researcher in professional and educational contexts and as a performing artist, she aims to contribute to the continuous regeneration and advancement of dance as an autonomous art form and as an invaluable source for embodied knowledge and understanding.


Individual projects

    • Becoming Entangled

      Suzan Tunca presents her PhD research in the lecture series 'Becoming Entangled. Practice in art and theory' at the Binational Artistic PhD Program,…

      HfK, Bremen (DE)
    • ARC session SEI & DUE

      SEI & DUE are two chapters of the ongoing collaboration between Suzan Tunca and Giuliano Bracci: dance and music navigate on the edge…

      Scheltema, Leiden (NL)
    • The Universal Body

      'The Universal Body' is an interactive dance installation presented in the Allard Pierson exhibition 'Goddesses of the Art Nouveau' by Matthias Oostrik and

      Allard Pierson, Amsterdam (NL)
    • Eurythmie Symposium

      Suzan Tunca participated in Eurythmie Festival, Vienna. Tunca moderated a symposium on the actuality of eurythmic art toether with literature studies scholar Petra…

      Maurer Schlössl, Vienna (AT)
    • MIMAGES eurythmy

      Suzan Tunca participated in a symposium on contemporary stage eurythmy during the MIMAGES eurythmy Festival.

      Vreedehuis, The Hague (NL)
    • Spiritual Corporeality

      Suzan Tunca gives a practice workshop entitled 'Spiritual Corporeality: Towards a dance language mediating between spirit, matter and levels of reality' at the…

      The Centre for Embodiment & Somatic Movement Education and Therapy, Cheltenham (UK)
    • Tuning the Dancing Body

      Suzan Tunca presents her research 'tuning the dancing body to become a performative research instrument to investigate embodied gnosis' together with Giuliano Bracci…

      WEST Den Haag, the Royal Academy of Art, the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague (NL)
    • Sei

      Suzan performs the solo dance performance SEI set to a solo violin composition by Johan Sebastian Bach remixed live by Giuliano Bracci at the PhDArts…

      Leiden University, Leiden (NL)
    • Double Skin/Double Mind Installation

      Suzan Tunca organises and participates in a research week centered around the Double Skin/Double Mind installation at ID-Lab in Amsterdam.

      ID-Lab, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam(NL)
    • Religionism and Historicism

      As part of the miniconference ‘Religionism and Historicism’ of the Master Program Study of Religion: Western Esotericism, Suzan Tunca gives the lecture ‘Physica…

      University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)