photo: Rebecca Crabb
Under the direction of Sophia Stoller, Iris Company is a diverse group of artists based in Los Angeles dedicated to creating socially relevant, thought-provoking and moving experiences through dance, immersive performance, and film. The company aims to ignite a questioning of ineffective social norms and empower audiences through artistic experiences, twisting together psychologically driven ideas with a sensory stimulating fusion of contemporary dance, theater, film and video design, and music.
Founded in 2016, the company had an exciting launch year creating a large-scale immersive dance theater performance, The Other Side, which had its world premiere and a sold out run in May 2017, and was called “nothing short of breathtaking” by No Proscenium. Iris has since presented a self-produced evening-length immersive performance at Basic Flowers in Downtown LA and a co-production with The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles at Mimoda Studio, featuring collaborations between choreographers and composers from the two companies. Iris Company has additionally performed at community events and venues such as LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (in a collaboration with Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra), Lummis Day Festival, the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Dance Festival, and Highways Performance Space. Iris Company’s film, Screaming Shapes, was an official selection for the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, In/Motion Chicago's International Dance Film Festival, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and was a semi-finalist in Dance Camera West.