Özkan Ayik was born in Seydişehir, Turkey and grew up in Istanbul. He studied at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Between 2008 and 2016 he danced with the Stuttgart Ballet. After two seasons at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (2017-2019), he moved to the Staatstheater Hannover to dance in the company directed by Marco Goecke. During his career Ayik has performed in choreographies by John Cranko, Marco Goecke, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marina Mascarell, Ivan Perez, Erna Omarsdottir and Andonis Foniadakis. In January 2013 he presented his own choreography for the first time at the Junge Choreographen of the Noverre Society with down down, followed by the solo two or three things in 2014 and hands, be still in 2016. For the Staatsballett Hannover he created a stutter (2021) and jisoo (2022). For the 2021 edition of Heute ist morgen, Özkan Ayik created with Tag Zwei (Day Two) for the first time a choreography for the Bayerisches Staatsballett. In September 2021, his solo halfway to nowhere was performed on the stage of the National Theatre in Munich. In June 2022 Özkan Ayik will present his third piece for the Munich company.
Information as of 2022