Gonca Gümüşayak

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, Dance Maker, Holland, (BA) (2008). 

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.

She has initiated “Performance Planet” interdisciplinary performing arts project collective in 2010. She founded Gümüşayak Dance&Yoga Studio in 2013 organizing contemporary dance, yoga, pilates courses and online courses since 2020 at www.gumusayak.com

At the moment she works as Instructor of Movement and Action at Acting Departments in Universities.

Here is a Planet of Performance, Performing Arts Project Collective, a world that you can find the different disciplines of performing arts together (contemporary dance, theater, music, 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…

Performance Planet, is a performance arts collective established in 2010 in Istanbul. Inspired by the interaction of music, dance, performance, theater, interactive video and circus art, they focus on improvisation instantly. For the first time, team members came together in an interactive shadow play project “Hayali and Sureti designed by Gonca Gümüşayak in the 5th Galata Visibility Project for the first time in October 2009. The interactive video design of the game was directed to Ahmet Güzererler and interactive music production Duygu. It belongs to Demir (cello) and Şebnem Poryalı (flute). and performed at the 13th International Istanbul Puppet Festival, staged at in garajistanbul in May 2010, with “Imagination of Shadows“. Since 2011 Gonca is collaborating with different artists. In 2019 a new team collaborated in Switzerland at Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Adrien Borruat, Valea Volker, Evren Erbatur, Lia and Martin.
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.