Iria Arenas is a Spanish dancer, performer and visual artist 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 companies in London while developing her practice as research during residencies in Sweden (DOCH), Finland (ODH), Portugal (REAT) or Germany (PReS) with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).  Her last works aims 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.

Since 2019 she has been working as a Stage Manager and Lighting designer for the Staatstheater Kassel at the Choreografische Werkstatt
and SOZO visions in motion DANCE Co.

Recently she has become an active member and is part of the organisation and coordination of Tanzwerk Kassel e.V.



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 - Present     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



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). Stockholm, SE

2017     Wortenlust. OT301 Highs and Lows #22. Amsterdam, NL

2016     Wortenlust. UngaTur Festival. Stockholm, SE


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; 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     Kulturförderung Kulturamt Kassel
2021     Kulturförderung Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

2020    Spendengelder aus der Kampagne zur Unterstützung der Freien Kasseler Kulturszene
 "Ohne Kultur isses für’n Arsch!"

2020    Kopf hoch, Kassel!

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