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.  At the very beginning of his choreographic career, Iduozee dedicated most of his time on movement research. This hands on practice unfolded as his debut creation This is the Title premiered in 2012, with acclaim from both critics and audiences. The work has now toured in 14 countries across Europe, North-America and Asia. Reconstructing the conventions of breaking and contemporary dance, This is the Title was also a contemplation on Iduozee´s personal body history in relation to the western dance tradition. What is perceived as contemporary dance and who gets assigned to this canon? Who draws the line between culture and art?

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 works are often characterised by a poetic and physically rigorous approach. This fundamental starting point meet with the notions of identity, representation, memory 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. The work premiered and played during 3.8.-7.8.2017 with all performances sold out. 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, theatre and multimedia. In 2016 Iduozee graduated from the Arts University of Helsinki (Theatre Academy).