Iria Arenas is a Spanish freelance artist working with movement, performance, and visual arts based in Kassel, Germany. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and Dance (URJ, Madrid) and a MA in Theatre and Performing Arts (UCM, Madrid).

From 2015 to 2018 she worked for several dance companies in London while developing her practice as research during residencies in Sweden (DOCH), Finland (ODH), Portugal (REAT), and Germany (PReS) with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).  One of her lasts works as a choreographer anverso has been shown as a video-dance and live performance in 7 countries and has been selected by the 5th Nordic Fringe Network to be
part of the Gothenburg Fringe Festival and Stockholm Fringe Festival this summer.

Since 2019 she has been working as a Stage Manager and Lighting designer for the Staatstheater Kassel at the Choreografische Werkstatt, Kulturhaus Dock 4 Kassel, and SOZO visions in motion DANCE Co. In 2020 she became an active member Tanzwerk Kassel e.V. where she is currently working as an office assistant/coordinator, marketing manager, and web designer.



2016-17. Master in Theatre and Performing Arts. Madrid, Spain

2010-14. Bachelor (Hons) in Visual Arts and Contemporary Dance. Madrid, Spain

Other courses

2021 - Present. Developing an Artistic Research Project. Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden



2021. Studio Practice and Artistic Process. Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden
2017-18. Postgraduate Residency Studios (PReS). Kassel, Germany

2018. Atelier Real (REAT). Lisbon, Portugal

2017. Oulu Dance Hack. Oulu, Finland

2016. DOCH Summer Residency. Stockholm, Sweden



2021. anverso. Stockholm Fringe Festival. Sweden

2021. anverso. Gothenburg Fringe Festival. Sweden
2019. anverso. Oops Festival. Brighton, UK

2018. anverso. RandFilm Festival. Kassel, Germany

2018. anverso. The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018: MOVING THE MAP. Hamburg, Germany

2017. Wortenlust. Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF). Sweden

2017. Wortenlust. OT301 Highs and Lows #22. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016. Wortenlust. UngaTur Festival. Stockholm, Sweden


2020. anverso. United Cowboys. Seasoning Summer 2020. Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
2020. noninara. The Dancer-Citizen. Online Journal. Issue 11.
2019. anverso. NB Film Festival. Puebla, Mexico and Texas, USA

2019. anverso. VideoSkin Festival. Ontario, Canada

2019. anverso. SzoloDuo Festival - Ork_Kota_Platform 2019. Budapest, Hungary


2020. How long do I have to wait. Aura Antikainen. Hugenottenhaus. Kassel, Germany
2020. MARTURANUM. Elio Gervasi. Workshop, research and performance. Barbarano Romano, Italy.

2020. Quite Like You. Aura Antikainen. Choregrafisches Atelier. Halle 2, Kassel, Germany
2019. Terrain. Boris Charmatz: Un essai à ciel ouvert. Theater Spektakel. Zurich, Switzerland
2019. Ares. Statisten-Staatstheater Kassel .Johannes Wieland. Kassel, Germany
2017. Dancers. Coproducción Sonia Gómez + CORPO A TERRA. Ourense, Spain

2016-17. Reflections: Triple Bill. Body Politic Dance Company. Oxford, UK

2016. Sketches Dance Company. London, UK
2015. Alias LDN. London, UK

2012- 14. The Nutcracker. Ballet de Cámara de Madrid. Madrid, Spain


2021. Body of land. TANZWERKE '21. Aura Antikainen. Kulturhaus Dock 4. Kassel, Germany

2021. Protrahere. Deborah Smith Wicke. Halle 2. Kassel, Germany

2020. Rock, water, spell. C/O Mareike Steffens. Kulturhaus Dock 4. Kassel, Germany

2019. Choreografische Werkstatt, Staatstheater. Kassel, Germany
2019. SEVEN: I AM MANY, SOZO visions in motion Dance Co. Kassel, Germany
2018. CPAP, SOZO visions in motion Dance Co. Kassel, Germany


2021. Goethe Institut - Nachwuchsförderung
2021. Brückenstipendien - Hessische Kulturstiftung

2021. Kulturförderung Kulturamt Kassel & HMWK

2020. Kulturförderung Kulturamt Kassel
2018. AC/E Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE)

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Photo Credits: Paul Phung