Like being in a womb or like being baptised, this work is about Rebirth. This last video, of a trilogy exploring the states of Possession-Ritual-Exorcism, is a personal ritual, seen as a passage from point zero to a rejuvenated self, and thus, a passage from the atomic self to the universal “Self”. It proposes both a way to deal with trauma and destruction, as experienced by one’s self, as well as a way to reconnect with the primal essence of the Cosmos.
Iris Fousteri (GR)
Iris Fousteri (b.1981) is a multidisciplinary artist and dance teacher, based in Athens, Greece. With an educational background in graphic arts and dance and long-term professional experience in multiple posts, her work varies from choreography and performance art to digital art, illustration, video dance, poetry and video poetry. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and was a member of Hellenic Dance Company from 2003-2010, with productions in Greece, Belgium, and France. In 2007, she was invited to teach in the pre-professional and occasionally in the professional department of the Greek National School of Dance. As a performer, Iris has collaborated with many dance companies and choreographers including Arthrosis Dance Co., Analysis Dance Co., Sofia Pintzou (Greece/Germany), Harris Mantafounis, Maria Stamataki, Eirini Kyrmizaki, and Vassia Zorbali. Iris has worked with directors including Eleni Parginou and Maria Kanellou, visual and performance artist Anna Papathanasiou, and more. She teaches dance (Graham technique) in the Professional Dance School of Athens Conservatoire and in Rallou Manou Professional School of Dance. Along with Yiouli Goutsiou and Tonia Dakou, Iris is a founding member of Stigmi Dance Collective. Her work has been presented in various venues and festivals, such as The Bebop Dance and Theater Festival (NY), Athens Video Dance Project, SGT Onassis Foundation, 8th & 9th Athens Video Poetry Festival, Athens Conservatoire, Santorini Arts Factory (SAF), Akropoditi Dance Festival, Dance Days Chania, e.t.c.