Rutkay Özpinar – EN

Rutkay Özpinar (Doetinchem, 1991) started dancing hip-hop and breakdance at the age of 10. He began his training at Buys Action at Artez Academy for the Arts in Arnhem. Having done many different styles of dance, Rutkay had decided at the age of 19 to become a modern dancer and started his study at Codarts, University for the Arts in Rotterdam (2010-2012). He got experienced in Graham, Cunningham, Laban and Limón techniques and has danced repertoires of Martha Graham and Jiří Kylián during his education. In 2012 he danced at Scapino Ballet and in a performance of Ellen ten Damme. As a dancer Rutkay is an organic mover and believes that movements never have an ending. During his career as a dancer Rutkay also loves to choreograph. Strength, fear, happiness, sadness, excitement, heaviness and lightness are key aspects in his creative process. Rutkay is not focused on storytelling or abstraction; he follows his instincts and sees where it leads him. He likes to give the audience the artistic freedom to bring their own story alive and not necessarily tell his own.

During De Dutch Summer Dance Course in 2014 Rutkay teaches New Composition to the Half Course students.

‘Sleep Paralysis’ is a choreography made and danced by Rutkay Özpinar for Solo’s@theSea 2014. Part one is dance by himself and part two by Marin Ino. Music is from Philip Glass, Light&Sound by Marco van der Velde. The solo tells the story of sleep paralysis; a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move.


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