Irma Omerzo, photo Mike van Sleen
Irma Omerzo

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.