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A dancer, performer, choreographer and photographer. She honed her dance skills studying with a range of prominent contemporary dancers and choreographers (including Meg Stuart, Chris Haring, Jonathan Burrows, David Zambrano, Keith Hennessy, Ann Van den Broek) and butoh artists (e.g. Daisuke Yoshimoto, Yoshito Ohno, Ko Murobushi, Mitsuyo Uesugi and Natsu Nakajima). She received a scholarship from the Alternative Dance Academy in Poznań (2011) and was a resident of Solo Project, a residency programme for young choreographers run by the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in Poznań, the outcome of which was the solo DNACE. She has also taken part in an internship programme of ZAR Theatre (2010) and Anatoly Vassiliev’s research seminar on acting techniques (2011). She has completed a course on stage choreography, obtaining a diploma from Artystyczna Alternatywa in Kraków. She holds a degree in culture studies and philology. She has carried out a research and educational project on female dance in Japan (2011), which was supported by the Grotowski Institute.
Her solo pieces include: hydrohypno (2009), line (2010), Kompilacje (2011), DNACE (Solo Project 2011), dwa na jeden, LU2077 (2012).
In 2013 Irena received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, which allowed her to develop !GROT! in collaboration with the new media artist Paweł Janicki. The piece debuted in March 2014. The same year Irena participated in the choreographic exchange programme between Poland and Philadelphia, USA , run by Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in Poznań, Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, Polish Institute in New York, and Dance/USA Philadelphia. She collaborates with contemporary music artists and new media artists. She delivers dance and movement classes, also to children and adults with mental disorders and physical disabilities.
Movement artist (dancer/interdisciplinary performer), Interactive designer (video and sound installations/ performances and networked spaces), Interaction designer (physical computing/ sensor based interaction), Interaction designer (video tracking), Video and film (screen-dance), Independent Educators (consultant/ instructors/ workshop leaders/ lecturers/ researchers), Academic Educators (formally teaching and researching in a university), other
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