Iria Arenas is a multidisciplinary artist working with movement, performance and visual arts. She holds a degree in Visual Arts and Contemporary Dance and a master's degree in Theatre and Performing Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Since 2018 she has been working as a freelance artist based in Germany, developing her own artistic projects as a choreographer and researcher, while being involved in other creative processes as an assistant stage director and lighting designer.  One of her works anverso has been shown as video dance and live performance in eight different countries and has been funded this year by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ.

Fascinated currently by how the nude human figure has been a matter of discussion, shame, admiration and controversy in the art of most cultures - and it is still that today -, Iria Arenas' artworks aim to challenge human perception combining live performance with digital media, blurring the line between dance aesthetics and visual art to experiment new ways of narration.



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

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


2017-18. Postgraduate Research Studies  (PReS). Kassel, Germany

2021-22. Developing an Artistic Research Project. Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden



2022. ON DISPLAY. Lake Studios Berlin, Germany.
2021. Studio Practice and Artistic Process. Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden

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


2022. anverso. Queeres Kurzfilmkino im TiF. Staatstheater Kassel, Germany.

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


2022. Silken Veil. C/O Mareike Steffens. Kulturhaus Dock 4. Kassel, Germany

2021. Visitors. Aura Antikainen & Iria Arenas. Kulturhaus Dock 4. Kassel, Germany
2021. Could you stay for tea?. Aura Antikainen. Kulturhaus Dock 4. Kassel, Germany

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



2022. Kulturförderung Kulturamt Kassel

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

2021. Kulturförderung Kulturamt Kassel
2021. Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

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

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Photo Credits: Paul Phung