Photographer : Bruno Clement.
Iona Kewney. born 1973 . Troon, Scotland.
Originally studied in visual artists specialising in drawing and painting. Today she teaches art, exhibits regularly in contemporary galleries and has had numerous Solo art shows and installations.
Iona developed her unique dance physicality and theories through a visual art background and sport. Since a teenager she has been pushing the experimental nature and limits of the body in action, art and imagination which have continued throughout her entire career. With this will power and persistence came the development of her idiosyncratic movement styles, rigorous training techniques and present artistic vocabulary.
Her self willed training routines from running, cycling, squash, swimming, badminton and gymnastics competitions and tennis opponents developed alongside her art. A cross over began in her late teens when she started to use her body as a means of expression in visual art which lead into Performance art, Live art and then to Dance school and Circus school.
Today her work blends the history of all of these methods. She has sculpted her path to delivering the true nature, history and energy of the ideas and emotions of life.
Iona Has been making and performing her solo works since 1996.
From 1996 - 1998 Iona studied at Netherlands SNDO School for New dance development Amsterdam.
Her own first full length works were shown in Amsterdam and New York and Glasgow in 1998/99.
She went on to work for years with legendary dance companies
Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus 2000-2002 and
Les Ballets C de La B / Alain Platel 2005 -2007.
Iona also studied at Cirkuspiloterna, Stockholm University of Circus renamed DOCH 2003-2005.
Iona has lived 20 years based in Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Iona and Joseph are circus next Laureates 2012.
She founded her own company Knights of the Invisible together with musician Joseph Quimby in 2009. They have performed all over Europe and beyond from Mexico City Theatre Esperanza Iris to London Roundhouse to Riga Dom Cathedral to Lapland Silence Festival.
In all, Iona has presented her own works in 22 countries so far.
Iona teaches professional technique and visualisation movement workshops and is a regular guest teacher at major schools and universities of performing arts around Europe.
In addition, she continually collaborates in Film and Music and experimental art with fellow international artists.
ELA ORLEANS (PL/UK).
YVES DE MEY Eavesdropper (B).
GINA CZARNECKI (UK).
AUGUSTIN REBETEZ (CH).
PETER VERHELST (B).
MARTIN BUTLER (Nl/IT)
MANUEL VASON (UK).
Solos for ALAIN PLATEL lectures (B).
Film WIM VANDEKEYBUS (B).
RACEHORSE COMPANY (FIN).
BARRY 7 ADD N to (X) uk.
CHRIS WATSON SOUND (UK).
TRIO AAB (UK).
LIEVEN DIRCKX. (B)
TOM VAN NUFFEL (B).
CONRAD SHAWCROSS (IT/UK).
ALICE EVERMORE (DE/B).
MARK BRUCE DANCE THEATRE (UK).
ROB CURRY 5th Films (UK).
Education and Companies
1991 - 1995
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. 1st Class BA Hons Fine Art.
1996 - 1998
School for New Dance Development , SNDO Amsterdam
2000 - 2002
WIM VANDEKEYBUS / ULTIMA VEZ. Brussels. World Tour.
2003 - 2005
Cirkuspiloterna, Stockholm (renamed DOCH). Dance and Circus University Sweden.
2005 - 2007
ALAIN PLATEL / LES BALLETS C DE LA B
Gent. World Tour.
2009 - Present
Knights of the Invisible.
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