Ceren Oran was born in Istanbul in 1984 and moved in 2006 to Salzburg to study contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) after 2 years of studies at Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty. Since finishing her postgraduate masters program ICE at SEAD, she has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and soundpainter. 

She has worked with many multidisciplinary artists for her own projects such as “The Urge” (2021)  “Who is Frau Troffea?” (2019), “RUSH HOUR” (2017) and “Heimat...los!” (2015) in Munich, “Youmemeyouhesheme...” in Vienna (2013) or “Arrimamuebles” in Costa Rica (2010) and all around Europe and America. She has also danced for many choreographers and international companies including Davis Freeman (US/BE), Ori Flomin (US), Tomaz Simatovic (SLO/Ö), Mihran Tomasyan (TR), Mustafa Avkiran (TR), Abhilash Ningappa (IND), Gosaval Gaspard Projects (CR), Toihaus Theatre (AU) etc.

As of 2010, she started creating performances for young audiences. She tours internationally through Europe, Africa and Asia on various occasions with her pieces Schön Anders (Munich 2020), Fliegende Wörter (Munich 2019), Elefant aus dem Ei (Munich 2017), SAG MAL … (Munich 2016), Yamuk Yemek (Istanbul, 2015), Cartoonville (Strasbourg, 2013) and “Trag mich!” (Salzburg 2010 / Premiere BMUKK, STELLA nomination 2011 – Production: Toihaus Theatre). 

Besides dance, Ceren worked with some singers and bands such as Sezen Aksu, Nihan Devecioglu, Barcelona Kletzmer Orchestra and Lamine Ciskho, primarily as a singer or back vocalist. She likes to use her singing and voice improvisation skills and often combines dance and live voice in her creations.

Since 2014 she is based in Munich where she works in close collaboration with Tanzbüro München as well as Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. She is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V. as well as one of the founding and board members of the global network under Assitej International: Young Dance Network

In 2010, Ceren started to build a career as a Soundpainter and Soundpainting trainer, which allows her to explore multidisciplinary free improvisation and compose live 'in the moment' improvisational material on the stage.


She studied with Walter Thompson (Founder of Soundpainting) by the scholarship of Austrian Ministry of Culture (BMUKK). Since 2012 she is part of the Soundpainting Think Tank community and working with other soundpainters to develop and improve the language.


As a multidisciplinary Soundpainter and a member of the Soundpainting community, Ceren Oran has had the opportunity to lead many workshops and projects in various countries and cultural contexts, including conservatoires, schools, refugee centers, festivals, art and education symposiums such as: Assitej Artistic Gathering (NO), Arts Space For Kids (CN), Tarapaca Music Festival (CL), Flying Carpet Festival (TR), Staatstheter Kassel (DE), Polyphonica (GR), Social Circus Festival Mardin (TR), Orff-Schulwerk-Symposium (AT), Symbosium “El Sistema (AT), SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT).


Since 10 years she worked as a soundpainter and as a performer with many different international Soundpainting Collectives all around Europe and United States, Walter Thompson (USA), Barcelona Soundpainitng Orchestra(ES), Le SPANG (FR),  Zaha (USA), Budapest Soundpainting Orchestra(H), Matters (BLG).

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2019  Next Generation Residency Participant -  Assitej Artistic Gathering Norway - Kristasnad

2018 Work Scholarship for the research "Why do we dance?" -  Kulturreferat München

2018 Next Generation Residency Participant -  Assitej Artistic Gathering China - Beijing

2016 Work Scholarship for Soundpainting Projects in München -  Kulturreferat München

2015 Soundpainting as Integration Project Cooperation Award -  Bundeministerium für Bildung und Frauen Österreich

2015 Artist of the Month (April) -  Bundeszentrum für schulische Kulturarbeit Österreich

2014 Erasmus + Lifelong Learning Fortbildung Foundation

2013 Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Fortbildung Foundation

2011 Startscholarship 2011 for Music and Performing Arts - BMUKK Bundesministerium für Unterricht,Kunst und Kultur

2011 Trag Mich!.. Nomination Best Children Performance, Nomination best Music -            

         STELLA 2011

2011 1. Preis mit dem Kurzfilm: Missão:Construção Perfeita - Toshiba Portugal Short film                    Competition 

2010 Trag Mich!.. Special Award - BMUKK Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und


2008 Fullscholarship Participant - 17. Int. Bühnenwerkstatt / Dancetheatre festival Graz


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