Rutkay Özpinar is a Turkish/Dutch choreographer with a broad dance background in hip hop, break dance, Turkish folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance. In his career he has gone through remarkable developments that bring him to his own dance language. His route starts with Bertha Huls via Boys Action at ArteZ (Arnhem) and later he follows the dance education at Codarts (Rotterdam) and is part of the first batch of The Dutch Junior Dance Division in The Hague. In 2014, at the age of 23, he started as the youngest choreographer in the Netherlands at Korzo, where he developed several performances. In 2019, Rutkay conducted research in Istanbul on sensuality in different Turkish folk dances, which is again reflected in his work.
For his work Grip (2015) he won the BNG Bank Dance Prize and was nominated for the first edition of The Hague Piket Art Prizes.