photo: George Simian
Under the direction of Sophia Stoller, Iris Company is a 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 premier and a sold out run in May 2017, and was called “nothing short of breathtaking” by No Proscenium. Following this debut performance, Iris Company produced a second full evening of immersive works, BOUQUET, in December 2017. The company has performed at community events such as Lummis Day Festival, LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (in a collaboration with Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra), the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, and was presented at the Los Angeles Dance Festival in 2018. Iris Company’s recent film, Screaming Shapes, is an official selection for the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, In/Motion Chicago's International Dance Film Festival, and Jacksonville Dance Film Festival. In Spring of 2019, the company will be presented in the Best of New Shoes Festival, curated by Patrick Kennelly of Highways Performance Space, and at Los Angeles Dance Festival, curated by Deborah Brockus.