We currently live in a disembodied world, where we are actually asked not to use our body and its physical intelligence. We spend most of our days sitting on chairs, in front of computer or TV screens, bombarded by information and overwhelmed by thoughts. We are surrounded by noises, both literally and metaphorically and we get disconnected from our body and our senses. By finetuning to our senses and listening to our bodies, we reconnect to our nature, to who we are and to what really matters. Iris van Peppen makes sensorial work using minimal choices in sound, movement and space.

For over 20 years Iris van Peppen has been working as a dance artist in the field of contemporary dance and instant composition. Due to her hearing disability as a young child Iris developed a deep kinesthetic awareness. 



Iris has created over 30 site specific dance performances in the Netherlands and USA in churches, museums, streets and in a shoe shop to name a few.
Besides her own organisation Contemporary Dance Platform Iris founded her Company since the production of INSTINCT.

CREATED WORK
2019 Pulse (working title) Theater Kikker
2018 NUCLEUS Stukafest / Sencity / AHK / Old School Amsterdam / Theater Kikker
2018 PULSE #1 Theater Kikker / Studio 3 / OT301 / AHK
2018 PULSE #2 Monsteren Theater Kikker, OT301.
2017 - present PULSE #1 Route du Nord Rotterdam, Vuurol Lage Vuursche, Monsteren Theater Kikker, OT301.
2017 ROEF Rooftopfestival Amsterdam, Buro Curious

2016 INSTINCT (60 minutes) Theaer Kikker Utrecht

2016 Dancefilm INSTINCT Cindedans shorts, Triskelian Arts Brooklyn, Jumping Frames Hong Kong, Moving Images Nicosia
, Sinema Danse Ankara.
2015 TIME IN OUR SPINE – Utrecht Down Under in former prison

2014 TRACES/LAYERS - CULTIVATE FESTIVAL USA

2014 TRACES AMSTERDAM (Studio Liaan/FMO)

2014 Collaboration Expodium NIGHTWALKERS 

2005 - present with Contemporary Dance Platform over 30 site specific dance performances such as: FORZA (largest Fort of NL), EUTOPIA (piece of wasteland), AT ALL TIMES (museum Sonnenborgh), BREAKING BRICKS (City hall square), BILLOW, EXPLODED VIEW(Centraal Museum), DINER (wasteland Hoog Catherijne)
2008/2009 SPIEGEL/MIRROR: research with visual artist Saskia de Brauw, Amsterdam

2006/2007 UNDERLAYER: Huis a/d Werf Utrecht, Melkweg Amsterdam, Theater de Regentes The Hague and Theater de Kolk in Assen

2004 STRANDDANS/BEACHDANCE: tour along the Dutch coastline 

2004 FALSE STEP: research and performance in studio 303 Montreal

2003 BEACHDANCE: Zuiderstrand The Hague

2001 NOISE 'N STUFF: research Dansateliers Rotterdam

PERFORMER 

2011 - present OT301 / STUDIO 3 / OORSPRONG / BIMHUIS / TIVOLI VREDENBURG
2016 WING Platform Hong Kong – duet with Jonathan Hung

2014 CULTIVATE FESTIVAL USA

2013 – present CURATOR THE BOILER ROOM,BIMHUIS MONDAY MATCH, OORSPRONG, OT301

2012 KATIE DUCK, ALFREDO GENOVESI (for Cultural Sundays)

2006/2007 EX NIHILO: Festival a/d Werf and France 

2004 RESONANCE collaboration with Marc Nukoop Amsterdam

1998/2002 toured with instant compositions on numerous theaters in Germany, London and Amsterdam



TEACHING

2017 Tehran Iran invited by Sara Behrad and Farhad Foroutanian
2016 - present guest teacher Conservatory Utrecht, faculty Musician 3.0 HKU
2016 CCDC Hong Kong

2016 - present Guest teacher at Conservatory Utrecht / Musician 3.0
2015 INSTANT PUDDING! PARIS

2014 100GRANDSTUDIO NYC & CULTIVATE FESTIVAL USA

2005 - present founded Contemporary Dance Platform (formerly Dansimprovisatie Utrecht) 

2012: monthly IC Practice founded with Marisa Grande

2008 - 2016: founded Mama danst: danceclasses for mothers with their newborn baby (2-12 months)

2001 – present teacher in composition, improvisation, release technique, movement research and coach in dance for Holland Dance Festival, Koorenhuis, International School The Hague, Dansdrift, University Utrecht, Dance Moves, Vrije Hogeschool Driebergen, AmsterdamJam

1992: Modern and Jazz for kids and adults at Haags ballet Centrum.

WORK(ED) WITH:

Marisa Grande, Katie Duck & Alfredo Genovesi, Tim O'Donnell, Michael Schumacher, Kenzo Kusuda, Makiko Ito, Marc Nukoop, Sarah Kate Gardiner, Minke Elisa Brands, Heleen van Gigch, Jasper Dzuki Jelen, Jessica van Rueschen, Johanna Lemke, Paolo Fossa, Irene van Geest, Inken Landskroner, Isabel Ollé, Lina Frazao de Castro, Karni Keidar, Suzana Gomes, Alexander Waterman, Masako Noguchi,



FOLLOWED WORKSHOPS AND INFLUENCED BY:
Katie Duck, 
Kathleen Hermesdorf, Michael Schumacher, Eileen Standley, Andrew L. Harwood, Vincent Cacialano, Julyen Hamilton, Susan Rethorst, Tim O'Donnell



CROWDFUNDING VOOR DE KUNST:
Iris van Peppen Crowdfunded the film of INSTINCT May 2015 at Voor de kunst: the crowdfunfing organisation for artists in the Netherlands. With her campaign she has succeeded 103 % of the budget with 88 sponsors. This film is made by director Marieke Helmus, editor Leo van Emden, Sounddesign Marc Nukoop, Dancers Makiko Ito, Kim Hoogterp and Aida Guirro Salidas and Choreography by Iris van Peppen. The film of INSTINCT is released in March 2016 at Cinedans Amsterdam.

IRIS VAN PEPPEN I CO
After INSTINCT developed her company with dancers Makiko Ito, Kim Hoogterp, Aida Guirro Salinas and Mareike Steffens.
Musician and composer Marc Nukoop. Light designer Ellen Knops. Musical and dramaturgical advise Michael de Roo.

OTHER
2018 lauch of ELAP: Embodied Life Art Program, founded with Marisa Grande
2016 founded STUDIO 3 with Patricia Velasquez STUDIO 3
- coach in choreography and improvisation Holland Dance Festival
- part in panel debate 'women and modern dance' organised by Korzotheater
1998/1999 schoolcommission SNDO
1997/1999 deputy of SNDO for dancecommission theaterschool Amsterdam