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Kirenia Acosta

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This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.

Kirenia Acosta will travel to Lisbon.

Lugo’s other artist Adra Pallón will travel to Istanbul.

Artists’ Statement

For years I have focused on mediation and training of dance audiences in rural elderly groups, along with the creation of children and youth audiences as priority target groups. As time has gone by ageing has become a recurring theme, as highlighted in Lisbon’s theme and Arena Ensemble’s expertise. I have also addressed emigration in my work with my company – with monographic pieces such as my solo “Instante Gradual”.

Artists’ Biography

Kirenia Acosta was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1980 (dual nationality: Spanish and Cuban). She gained her Diploma of Higher Medium Level of Professional Technical Education, in the specialty of Acting, at the National School of Art of Cuba (2000) and in 2001 she was awarded the title of 1st Level Contemporary Dance Ballerina by the Ministry of Culture in Cuba. Her work has been presented in several countries: Cuba, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, Brazil and England is one of the most international Galician dancers and choreographers. Her latest piece “Emigrantas” focuses on the phenomenon of the mobility of people within the EU and the common experiences of precariousness and exclusion. In 2019 she founded the Kirenia Danza, a Galician dance company. In addition to the distribution and/or development of the choreographic work of her companies Kirenia Danza and Entremáns, she continues to collaborate in various choreographic, literary, and audiovisual research projects with other internationally recognised institutions.

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