Dancer, Choreographer and Performer Begüm Erciyas was born in Ankara and lives and works in Brussels and Berlin. While studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, Begüm Erciyas got involved in various dance projects in Turkey and became part of [laboratuar], a performing arts research and project group. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, at K3- Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg and at the Goethe Institute Kyoto. Her research project around one’s own voice resulted 2016 in the performance Voicing Pieces, a performance that is experienced in complete solitude, and has kept her busy until now. Next, Begüm Erciyas researched the topic of artificial intimacies: In Pillow Talk (2019), the audience is invited to engage in a conversation with an artificial voice coming from a pillow. In her latest work Letters from Attica, based on the tension between isolation and political collectivity in Sam Melville’s letters written in prison, the fragmented text is passed on from mouth to mouth, from audience to audience, in public space. In 2021 Begüm Erciyas will return to Japan, with a fellowship at Tokyo Arts and Space.