is a contemporary dance artist, born in İzmir. She graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), Sociology (BS) (2005), and Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, (BA) (2008) Dance Maker/ Choreography department, Holland.
She finalized her (MPA) masters thesis in 2016 with “Liquid Politics” performance about “relationship of social movements and performance at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since 2002 she has been creating dance pieces: Home-logue, Hayali Sureti, Liquid Politics, Silent Scream, shown in Holland, Belgium, Spain, Greece. In 2010-2011 she worked with Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods Dance Company, in Belgium. Since 2015 she has been making dance-films. Her dance film “Rebirth” which was shot in Poland Grotowski Institute, won the best performer prize in Sinema Dans Ankara in 2016 and in Brussels dance film festival.
She did her Master of Arts in Theatre, Physical Theatre specialization at Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Verscio in Switzerland between 2017-2019. Her studies was granted by The Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation Study Grant for Training as a Professional Dancer in 2018-2019 in Switzerland. http://www.ambrosoli.org.
She finalized her (MA) in Physical Theatre about “empowerment movement of women” with “Woman Running with the River- The Myth of the River” piece in Switzerland, 2019.
In 2013 she founded Gümüşayak Dance&Yoga Studio organizing contemporary dance, vinyasa yoga, face yoga, pilates courses and sharing online courses since 2020 at www.gumusayak.com. At the moment she works as Instructor of Movement and Action at Acting Departments in Universities.
In 2010 she has initiated “Performance Planet”- interdisciplinary performing arts project collective- bringing music, dance, performance, theatre, interactive video and circus art and interdisciplinary artists to create together.
Performance Planet‘s team first came together in 2009 at the “5th Galata Visibility Project- in İstanbul” with an interactive shadow play project “Hayali and Suretleri”, designed by Gonca Gümüşayak, the interactive video design of the game was directed by Ahmet Güzererler and interactive music production belongs to Duygu Demir (cello) and Şebnem Poryalı (flute), and later It was performed in 13th International Istanbul Puppet Festival, at in garajistanbul in May 2010. Since then Gonca has collaborated with different artists in Performance Planet: Duygu Demir, Şebnem Poryalı, Ahmet Güzerler, Julide Canca Eke, Ziya Serkan Doğan, Çağlar Erdoğan, Erdem Gündüz. They collaborated together for the pieces of: “Hayali ve Suretleri” (2009), “Kabile Deliriyor” (2010), “O-Cak” (2011), “Gölgeli Oyunlar” (2011),“Moda Burunda Sanat Festivali III (2011), IV” (2012), “G(K)ül Çocuk” (2016). In 2019 a new team collaborated in Switzerland for “Woman Running with the River” production: Adrien Borruat, Valea Volcker, Evren Erbatur, Lia Schadler and Martin Durrmann.
Performance Planet is a Performing Arts Project Collective, a world that you can find the different disciplines of performing arts together (contemporary dance, theatre, music, acrobatics, circus, clown, yoga, instant composition, improvisation, video-film, image and photography …) and the interaction with all these art disciplines. Interaction with the self and the audience… improvisation of them all. In Performance Planet each time we use different materials and forms by not excluding the other, creating horizontally with the all members and art disciplines. Desire and imagination, experiment and practice are the unique feature of this planet. It is a place for creation and production. It is a world of wonders and reality… how you wanna imagine it becomes true… You can create your own dreams in your own planet here. We can travel through different planets with different projects, with different people… Travel trough minds, trough people, through performing arts… Travel through Performance Planet…
TR: Performance Planet 2010 yılında İstanbulda kurulmuş bir performans sanatları ekibidir. Müzik, dans, performans, tiyatro, etkileşimli video, sirk sanatlarının birbiriyle olan etkileşiminden ilham alır, an içinde doğaçlama üzerinde yoğunlaşır. Ekip üyeleri ilk kez 2009 Ekim ayında 5. Galata Görünürlük Projesin’de Gonca Gümüşayak’ın kavramsal tasarımını yaptığı “Hayali ve Suret’leri “etkileşimli bir gölge oyunu projesinde bir araya gelmişlerdir.Oyunun etkileşimli video tasarımı Ahmet Güzererler’e, etkileşimli müzik üretimi Duygu Demir (çello) ve Şebnem Poryalı’ya( flüt) aittir. Ardından 13. Uluslarası İstanbul Kukla Festivali ‘nde “Performance Planet “ ekibi olarak Hayali ve Sureti “ gölge olmak eseriyle 2010 Mayıs ayında garajistanbul’da sahne almışlardır.