Özkan Ayik was born in Seydisehir, Turkey and grew up in Istanbul. He studied at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. In the 2008/2009 season, Özkan Ayik joined the Stuttgart Ballet, first as an eleve and one year later in the corps de ballet there. During his career Ayık has performed in choreographies by John Cranko, Marco Goecke, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marina Mascarell, Ivan Perez, Erna Omarsdottir and Emrecan Tanis. 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 a stutter for the Staatsballett Hannover in 2021. From 2017 to 2019 he was a member of the company of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and could be seen, among other roles, as Zampanò in Marco Goecke's La Strada. Since the 2019/2020 season, he has been part of the company of the Staatsballett Hannover under the artistic direction of Marco Goecke. For the 2021 edition of Heute ist morgen, Özkan Ayik is creating with Tag Zwei (Day Two) for the first time a choreography for the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
(Status: June 2021)