Iván Pérez, Spain (1983), works as a choreographer and director based in the Netherlands.

In his work Iván is constantly examining the intricacies of the human body and its relational nature. Stirred by a chain of personal events which confronted him with death in an early phase of his life, he was faced with himself and with the way we impact the life of others through our encounters. Since he started developing his own work in 2011 he has been deepening a research into the body´s potential to redefine itself through movement and the infinite possibilities of interaction with its environment. Through different collaborations with other artists and dance companies, he has developed an eclectic body of work, which moves from intimate duet or trio work to big scale dance-theater productions. He´s interested in exploring the potentialities beyond, to do this he collaborates with filmmakers and theater directors expanding his perceptions of art. In 2016 he has founded INNE | Iván Pérez, together with business leader Joriene Blom, initiating a new vision which evolves besides creating performances, entering new dimensions of his work through the initiating of collaborative research and documentation of artistic practice, through programming as a curator, through the study of audience development methodologies and through the analysis of new partnership strategies. His work has been acclaimed for its strong physical impact and emotional depth and has been described as powerful, intimate, visceral, intense and sensuous.

A former dancer with the Netherlands Dance Theater, Iván received his degree in Choreography from the Rey Juan Carlos University. He has received recognition as a performer winning the award for ‘Best Interpretation’ during the ‘International Choreography Competition’ New York-Burgos and was nominated for the ‘Swan best dancer’ for his role in Indigo Rose by Jiří Kylián. His choreography won the third prize at the XIX Choreographic Competition of Madrid, first prize Young Creator Competition in Madrid and first prize at the II International Choreography Competition Burgos-New York. In 2010 he received the award “Revelation Artist” by Cultura Viva Foundation in Madrid.

Besides his engagement as an associate choreographer with the dutch production house Korzo, he has been appointed associate choreographer with ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble for the period 2016-2018.

Since 2011 he has successfully set and made new work for companies such as the Netherlands Dans Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Balletboyz, Ballet Moscow, Dance Forum Taipei, ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, River North Dance Chicago, National Ballet of Cuba and Leipzig Ballet. His works have toured in the Netherlands and in international festivals and they have been shown at venues like the prestigious Sadler´s Well Theater in London, the National Theater of Taipei and the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

In the Netherlands, Pérez has collaborated with theater director Michiel de Regt in ¨Wachten op de barbaren¨, with critical and audiences acclaim. He united forces with director Josh Amstrong in the creation of ¨Hui¨, which premiered last year in Taipei and will tour throughout theaters in the Netherlands in 2017. He collaborated with Michael Nunn and William Trevitt in ¨Young Men¨ (The movie), a film produced by the BBC, which is an adaptation of the theater production premiered at Sadler´s Wells in 2015. Recently he has been invited by dutch filmmaker Ramón Gieling to work on a new film.

Currently, he is part of the European project Pivot Dance, which is a three-year program for choreographers, producers and audiences which stimulate and enables conversation about the creation of new dance work. It takes place simultaneously in three European dance houses (The Place, Nederlandse Dansdagen and Comune di Bassano del Grappa) and is funded with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Iván develops a methodology of movement and education through movement-research workshops and a reflective practice in collaboration with Hannah Shakti Bhuler, they name its basic principle ¨The relational body: an explorative approach¨. Their first documentation project has been finished and is titled, moving, thinking, capture / Iván Pérez | A choreographic toolbox by Hannah Shakti Bhuler. In the past, Iván has engaged in creative commissions for educational institutions in Europe like the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK), Codarts, ArtEZ Dansacademie, University of Music and Dance Cologne (HfMT), Instituto Superior De Ensenanzas Artisticas (ISEACV), de! Kunsthumaniora and NDT Summer Intensive.

Recently, Iván has been invited by director Grzgegorz Bral to be the curator of Brave Festival 2018 in Wroclaw.


Photo by studio Rios Zertuche