Celebrating the work of Irini Kourouvani, a disabled dancer and choreographer based in Greece who has developed her unique practice by moving between the worlds of sports and performing arts.
Having taken part in four world championships (athletics, para dance sport, powerlifting and sailing), her dance credits include performing with Wrong Move Dance Co., taking part in an underwater dance show Drops of Breath (by Sophie Bulbulyan and Apostolia Papadamaki), performing at Athens Festival in 2007 and Kalamata Dance Festival in 2016.
For the past four years, she has collaborated with Onassis STEGI in Athens as a dance educator for the programme Unlimited Access/i-dance. As part of Europe Beyond Access, Kourouvani has taken part in artist laboratories in Malmo (working with Caroline Bowditch and Luke Pell), and Maastricht (working with Adam Benjamin and Jeanefer Jean-Charles), as well as performing in Re-Call, an innovative duet with Vivi Christodoulopoulo also commissioned through the project.
Watch more of Kourouvani’s dancing in our short film featuring Re-Call:
This film is part of a series of artist profiles produced by Europe Beyond Access that promote disabled artists on an international scale. The core partners of Europe Beyond Access are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Kampnagel (Germany), Οnassis STEGI (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Festival Oriente Occidente (Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.