Ceren Oran

Last updated: March 5, 2021

Ceren Oran was born in Istanbul in 1984 and moved in 2006 to Salzburg to study contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). Since finishing her postgraduate Master’s program ICE at SEAD, she has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and soundpainter.

She has worked with many multidisciplinary artists for her own projects, such as Who is Frau Troffea? (2019); RUSH HOUR (2017) and Heimat...los! (2015) in Munich; Youmemeyouhesheme... in Vienna (2013) or Arrimamuebles in Costa Rica (2010) and all around Europe and America. She has also danced for many choreographers and international companies including Davis Freeman (US/BE), Tomaz Simatovic (SLO/Ö), Mihran Tomasyan (TR), Mustafa Avkiran (TR), Abhilash Ningappa (IND), Gosaval Gaspard Projects (CR), Toihaus Theatre (AU).

As of 2010, she started creating performances for young audiences. She tours internationally through Europe, Africa and Asia on various occasions with her pieces Schön Anders (Munich 2020); Fliegende Wörter (Munich 2019); Elefant aus dem Ei (Munich 2017); SAG MAL… (Munich 2016); Yamuk Yemek (Istanbul 2015); Cartoonville (Strasbourg 2013); and Trag mich! (Salzburg 2010 / Premiere BMUKK, STELLA nomination 2011 – Production: Toihaus Theatre).

Ceren started to build a career as a Soundpainter and Soundpainting trainer in 2010, which allows her to explore multidisciplinary free improvisation and compose live “in the moment” improvisational material on the stage. As a multidisciplinary Soundpainter and a member of the Soundpainting community, Ceren Oran had the opportunity to lead many workshops and projects in various countries and cultural contexts, including conservatoires, schools, refugee centers, festivals, art and education symposiums such as: Assitej Artistic Gathering (NO), Arts Space For Kids (CN), Tarapaca Music Festival (CL), Flying Carpet Festival (TR), Staatstheater Kassel (DE), Polyphonica (GR), Social Circus Festival Mardin (TR), Orff-Schulwerk-Symposium (AT), Symbosium “El Sistema (AT), SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT)).

In June 2015, her “Soundpainting as an Integration Project” initiative with Primary School Josefiau in Salzburg received an award from Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs. Since 2014, she is based in Munich where she works in close collaboration with Tanzbüro München as well as Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. She is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V. as well as one of the founding and board members of the global network under Assitej International: Young Dance Network.

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