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iele paloumpis

iele paloumpis is a choreographer, herbalist, educator and textile artist. Their work is rooted in disability justice, trauma-informed griefwork and ancestral re-membrance practices. iele comes from a long line of mystics and embodies fragmented lineages across queer, trans and crip aural histories, alongside their Greek, Anatolian and Irish diasporic bloodlines. iele’s choreographic works have been presented through Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, Painted Bride Art Center, Franklin Street Works, and Movement Research at Judson, among others. iele’s most recent work In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky premiered at Danspace Project in May 2022. The piece explored intergenerational trauma and resilience and de-centered sight as a primary mode of experiencing dance. iele has also been a resident artist at Zil Culture Center in Moscow and was selected to participate in a Teachers Teaching Teachers exchange between Movement Research faculty and the Workshop Foundation in Budapest. iele is grateful to have learned from many collaborators and teachers who have influenced their path. This lineage includes co-creating with Marýa Wethers, Marielys Burgos Meléndez, M. Rodriguez, Seta Morton, Ogemdi Ude, Krishna Washburn, and Alejandra Ospina; being shaped by many artists within NYC’s dance community; building a relationship with plants through the teachings of Rosemary Gladstar; deepening into ancestral plant medicine across the Mediterranean & SWANA regions with Layla K. Feghali & SWANA Ancestral; becoming an end of life doula under the mentorship of Deanna Flores Cochran; studying dance at Hollins University with Donna Faye Burchfield and Jeffery Bullock; and channeling embroidery from the ancestors who have been teachers in guiding iele’s hands.

www.beetleandbearapothecary.wordpress.com

www.endoflifedoula.nyc

www.inplaceofcatastrophe.com

[Image description: iele paloumpis, a white genderqueer person with dark curls and eyes, looks directly and confidently at the camera. They wear square gold-rimmed glasses, a bold, two-toned lip in red and hot pink, and a shirt emblazoned with images of clouds and wheat, created by Indigenous-American designer Noel Bennetto. In the background, iele’s textile studio displays weavings and embroidered tapestries in warm, rich tones.]

Accessibility Advisory Team (AAT),

AAT Founding Member,

AAT Past Member,

Faculty,

MELT Faculty,

2019 Fall Festival,

2019 Fall Festival Co-Curator

Upcoming Classes & Events


Past Classes & Events

[In-Person/Asynchronous] illder wisdoms

Jan 23 – Jan 27, 2023
melt

Witchcraft - a Corporeal Practice

Thu, Mar 5 – Mar 12, 2020
class

MELT – Honing Bodily Intuition

Jan 6 – Jan 7, 2020
melt

[CANCELLED] Witchcraft - a Corporeal Practice

December 19, 2019
class

[SUB] Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

October 09, 2019
class

Witchcraft - a Corporeal Practice

Thu, Sep 26 – Feb 27, 2020
class

[CANCELLED] Witchcraft - a Corporeal Practice

September 19, 2019
class

[NO CLASS] Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

July 04, 2019
class

[CANCELLED] Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

March 14, 2019
class

[CANCELLED] Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

February 28, 2019
class

[CANCELED] Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

February 07, 2019
class

[email protected] – Afternoon Somatics Class with Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis

January 23, 2019
class

MELT – Workshop with Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis

January 20, 2019
melt

MELT – Workshop with Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis

January 16, 2019
melt

MELT – Workshop with Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis

Jan 14 – Jan 16, 2019
melt

Fall Festival | Evening curated by Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis

December 01, 2018
performance

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

Thu, Sep 6 – Jul 25, 2019
class

MELT–This Body is Hallowed Ground

Jul 30 – Aug 3, 2018
melt

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

Thu, Feb 1 – Aug 30, 2018
class

MELT—This Body is Hallowed Ground

Jan 15 – Jan 19, 2018
melt

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

Thu, Sep 7 – Jan 25, 2018
class

MELT "Movie" Night

July 25, 2017
event

MELT - Witchcraft: A Corporeal Practice – Initiating from the Heart and Moving Through Fear

Jul 24 – Jul 28, 2017
melt

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

Tue, Mar 7 – Aug 29, 2017
class

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

Tue & Thu, Feb 2 – Feb 28, 2017
class

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

Tue & Thu, Sep 1 – Jan 31, 2017
class

Witchcraft: A Corporeal Practice

Tue & Thu, Aug 2 – Aug 30, 2016
class

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

Tue & Thu, Jun 7 – Jun 16, 2016
class