Irma Omerzo is
originally from Croatia, though she studied dance at the Centre
Nationale de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France. She then joined
Philippe Decouflé's company as a dancer and assistant to the
choreographer for eight years. In 2001 she moved back to Croatia and
formed her own company called MARMOT. Irma brought her company to the
festival for their US premier of Mi-Nous, a story of a long distance
love relationship cleverly choreographed using simple props such as
string and paper airplanes to signify the inevitable correspondence
which holds these things together. While meditating on ideas for Irma's
portrait, I noticed that she was an avid chewing gum bubble blower.
During her week-long residence at the festival, the days would be
punctuated by the regular POP of her bubbles as she rounded the corner
and headed to the studio. Later she told me she had been granted the
title of Bubble Blowing Champion of the Decouflé company.