BIOGRAPHY

 Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen

Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen

 

"Ima Iduozee has the ability to create the conditions for thought processes that happily move between binary opposites." -Dagens Nyheter

"Above all, I admire the intensity - whatever Iduozee does he puts his soul into it." -Hufvudstadsbladet

Of Nigerian and Finnish descent, Ima Iduozee is a Helsinki born choreographer and performer working in the fields of dance, theatre and performance art.  His debut, This is the Title, premiered in 2012, and went on to garner acclaim world wide, touring in 15 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. The solo work was a contemplation on Iduozee´s personal body history in relation to the western dance tradition and its canon. 

In 2015 the annual honorary prize of the Finnish Critics Association, Critics Spurs´, was given to Iduozee, as an acknowledgement for the best artistic breakthrough of the year. His debut work This is the Title was selected for the Aerowaves Twenty circuit for 2016, amongst 20 emerging European choreographers.

Iduozee´s choreographic works are often characterised by a poetic and physically rigorous approach. This fundamental starting point meet with the notions of identity, language, memory, imagery and the edges of the human experience. Using afrofuturism as a platform, Iduozee´s latest work The Garden of Eden (2017) re-constructs the narrative of Adam & Eve and re-imagines the past-present-future. Earlier commissions include works for The Finnish National Theatre (Julia & Romeo 2018), Aalto International (After Nature One 2017), Stockholm City Theatre (Purple Nights 2015) and Helsinki City Theatre (Perfect Day 2014). Iduozee´s choreographic practice operates in a diverse range of disciplines including (but not limited to) fashion, drama and visual art. In 2016 Iduozee graduated from the Arts University of Helsinki (Theatre Academy).