Defne Erdur

Defne Erdur (TR) is trained in Contemporary Dance (PhD), Sociology (MA), Intermodel Expressive Art Therapy, Body Therapies (Deep Tissue Release, Trigger Point & Movement, Integrative Craniosacral Therapy), Meditation (World Peace Initiative), and Trauma Healing (Somatic Experiencing, Integral Somatic Psychology, Full Embodiment). In 2016 she completed her PhD thesis on Contact Improvisation in Turkey (DANCE EDUCATION ON THE TRANSITIVE LINE BETWEEN LIFE AND ART: Contributions of the Technique, Methodology and Pedagogy of Contact Improvisation to the Physical, Artistic and Psycho-social Development of Amateur Dancers). For the past two decades she has been regularly teaching and sharing her research around the world. Besides giving her workshops (Hunting Gathering Cultivating, Every Body Knows, Consent Improvisation) and holding residencies (MA- Pregnant Nothingness, Moving Library) she prefers co-teaching, co-creating with other facilitatiors and researchers. In years she has worked with different populations (professional and amateur movers, therapists, women, LGBTQ+ people and migrant children and youth). Her movement teaching practice is mostly informed by her intensive trainings with Simone Forti, Julyen Hamilton, John Britton, Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, Kirstie Simson, Nita Little, Frey Faust, Keith Hennessy, Martin Keogh, Aydın Teker, Marcia Plevin and Julia Buckroyd. Currently, in response to many worldwide crisis, she is mainly interested in sharing trauma informed movement practices and resting practices.