Iris Karayan is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She studied dance at the Greek State School of Dance (2001) and completed a Master of Arts in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths College, UK (2007). Her works have been presented in Festivals in Greece and around Europe. In 2010 she was awarded with the 1st prize of the Jarmila Jeřábková Award in New Europe Festival 2010 in Prague for her choreographies A time to mourn and Legacy. Her work Mothers (2012) was selected by the international dance network Aerowaves (2013) and Dancenet Sweden (2014).
Iris Karayan is collaborating with artists from the fields of dance, music, theatre, cinema and the visual arts. She is actively involved in various artistic and educational projects. Since 2013, she has been leading a movement and improvisation workshop for people with and without visual impairment, part of the Onassis Cultural Centre’s educational program. She has taught at the University of Peloponnese, Nauplio Fine Arts School, Theatre Studies Department and at the Artistic School of Gerakas. She teaches choreography and improvisation at the Greek State School of Dance since 2008.
My current research focuses on the relation of memory and the body, concepts of temporality in performance and the collection of material from the Internet in order to create a bodily archive.
I am interested in narratives that are imagined, experienced, shared, erased, forgotten...
Environments between reality and fiction suggesting ways to perceive the world as a fluctuating embodied experience.
My choreographic practice focuses on the relations of form and structure to memory, experience, dramaturgy and meaning. I apply structural methods and tools using repetition and difference, exhaustion and transformation of the movement, scores and rules, impossible conditions, alternating spaces of tension and ease.