(e)Irini Kalaitzidi (b. 1991 Athens, Greece) is a dance artist who works with technology in order to generate poetic experiences of dance and shape spaces where mutually affective encounters of bodies emerge. As an alternative to choreographing, she is exploring a techno-feminist practise of being in a choreo-milieu, i.e. in the in-between human and non-human, physical and digital, static and dynamic dancing agencies. Irini is intrigued by blending and layering materials, dimensions and moving behaviours for the purpose of creating fictional partly-familiar-partly-uncanny choreo-related events.
She studied at National School of Dance (GR) and then graduated with distinction from the Computational Arts (MA) Department of Goldsmiths University of London (UK). She has presented her work ’Pistachios’ in Contemporary Theatre of Athens (2016), ‘detail’ in Tinos island (2018) and ‘Within the Vibrant Assemblage’ in St.James Church, London (2019). Following her latter work, she was invited by Prof. Tanaka to give a talk at the HDI workshop: ‘Art, AI-created content & industrial/cultural effects’ (Somerset House, 2019). Among other labs and seminars, she participated and was also invited to talk at the Choreographic Coding Lab (Dansmakers, 2019). Irini has performed in various productions in Peiraios 260/Athens and Epidaurus Festival and Megaron/Athens Concert Hall among other stages of Athens and has collaborated as an assistant choreographer with Patricia Apergi for the productions ‘Alcestis’ in Epidaurus Ancient Theatre (2017) and ‘Primary Fact’ in Onassis Cultural Centre (2018). She is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in the Computing Department of Goldsmiths University of London and beginning in March 2020, she is having a residency at ICST, Zurich University of the Arts in the research area of immersive arts.