Aria Boumpaki is a dance artist who lives and works in Athens.
She was raised in Crete where she began dancing at an early age. In 2008, she decided to move to Athens and study dance at the State School of Dance. She performed for several greek dance companies and was actively involved in the Athenian dance scene. She continued her training at Ex.e.r.ce MA choreographic research program at Ici-Ccn (Montpellier, France), as a scholar of Onassis Foundation.
Her artistic works are characterized by concrete creative process and the question of community. Exploring dance bodies in different realities, she drifts from conventional stage pieces to exhibitions, site-specific works, community projects, writing formats and video installations. These days, she enjoys occupying spaces, transform them into the “houses” of each project and then perform in them (old garage, abandoned warehouse, squares…). Fascinated by sound, language, objects and architecture, she collaborates with artists active in visual art, music and dance. Fascinated by body and individual physicality, she quite often invites non-professionals to explore/ redefine “stage bodies” and the reality of “being“.
She manifests her desire to share perspectives, experience pleasure and practice consciousness, while she introduces tenderness as revolution. Alongside her work as a creator, Aria regularly teaches workshops at training institutions, dance schools and festivals.
She has collaborated with the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Cultural Center, Centre Pompidou, the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the French Institute of Athens. Her latest projects are supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. In 2020 she was a danceweb scholar for IMPULSTANZ -Vienna International Festival and one of the awarded artists by ARTWORKS, SNF Artist Fellowship Program.