coreógrafa y bailarina, Irina Baldini
An Italian/Finnish dancer and producer, Irina Baldini trained in classical and contemporary dance at the Florence Dance Center, Italy, and Contact Improvisation, Release work, Cunningham and Graham techniques at the Laban Centre for movement and dance, London UK, working with professionals as Charles Linenhan and Rosalind Crisp. In 2010-12 and 2014-16, she worked with different choreographers in London (Yvonne Rainer, Xavier Leroy, Marten Spangberg, Simone Forti, Mike Kelley, Pablo Bronstein, Susan Sentler) at venues such as the Hayward Gallery, The White Cube, Institute of Contemporary Art, Raven Row Gallery; in the Netherlands (Svetlin Velchev and Branka Zgonjanin); currently working on a collaborative project with the writers festival Winternachten, den Haag NL, as well as producing her own work.
In 2013, Irina established the 4bid gallery in Amsterdam with three other artists, a place of experimentation and site for the development of temporary cultures across countries. She choreographed works from there, including in 2013, All the things this is not, a work that initiated the book she is currently editing. She also initiated artistic exchanges such as Highs & Lows, initially with working partner Masako Matsushita and Shuffle Project, and co-curated two editions of the international art festival, Dystopia (2014) and Be_Hacker (2015). Recipient of the Lisa Ullman Traveling Scholarship Fund in 2012 she also traveled to NY with Masako to be Artist in Residency at Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn.
Invited to Amsterdam in 2013 by OT301, she worked between Holland and UK from 2013 to 2016, establishing her bridge of network between the two countries. In 2015, in Leipzig, she choreographed a work with no dance, with advice and dramaturgy of Dierck Roosen and created Palindrome – an immaterial performance, with space, noise, voice. The same year in the Netherlands, she launched B.base a project involving numerous artists and intellectuals dealing with the subject of the body through different mediums.
Her encounter with the OT301 has been decisive for her practice: she runs informal performance events there, which invite the public and fellow artists to encounter her research as well as the experimentations of other artists whom she invites to share the evening with her.
Parallel to this, her research, productions, touring and teaching, Irina Baldini maintains a regular practice of artistic exchange with other artists from different fields of practice and has begun a foundation in VMI at the center for somatic practices. Irina teaches, designs and makes costumes, gives Cyanotype and printmaking workshops and curates exhibitions and visual/performative art events in a and out of 4bid Gallery Amsterdam.