Lia is a dance and performance artist. She uses the body and voice as carriers of identity, yet subject to the transformative potential of performance.
She is based in Limassol Cyprus and is a resident artist at the Dance House Lemesos.
She studied Dance Theatre Studies (BA) at the Laban centre in London and since 2003 she has been creating works for the stage, site specific, sensory and immersive performances in the frame of the creative structure .pelma.Lia Haraki. Her work has been presented internationally in festivals like the Kalamata International festival, Julidans Amsterdam, The Athens Festival, Royal Festival Hall London, Bozar Brussels, Unesco Paris, Aerowaves Festival-The Place London, Tanec Praha, Kleines Haus Dresden, Korzo The Hague, Euro-scene Leipzig , Stary Browar Poland and other.
In 2013 she was one of the artists that represented Cyprus in the Venice Biennale for visual Arts (Special mention for the Cyprus and Lithuania pavilion) with her solo performance ‘Tune In’.
Lia has been part of several EU Programmes both as an artist and as a partner. These include Act Your Age (artist) , The underwater Heart of the Mediterranean (partner/artist), Emotional Bodies and cities (guest artist).
She is very interested in transmitting the knowledge coming from the creative processes of the making of her pieces and so she teaches workshops based on the different methodologies. Her practices Standup PerformDance and IntuNition were taught to artists and other individuals in structures like Dance House Tilburg and Impuls Tanz Vienna.
Lia has been part of the core team who created the dance programme of The University of Nicosia in 2007. She is a part time lecturer of the programme teaching composition based courses. She also teaches at the Theatre studies programme of Intercollege.
Lia initiated Dance House Lemesos by inviting other 4 companies to share a space. Eventually it became the space which supports professional contemporary dance locally and also functions as an international link for Cyprus based dance artists since 2007. Lia is the president of its committee.
In September 2015 she was the curator of the 6th Open House International dance festival of Dance House Lemesos with the theme SEXPECTATIONS having on its programme local and international artists.
Her project entitled The performance Shop is a pop-up shop offering one on one performances as unique experiences for all individuals. The project attracted the attention of performance artist Marina Abramovic, stating that it is a very fresh and good idea (Athens 2016). The Performance shop was selected as one of 25 best practices in Europe by the EDN (European Dance House Network) in 2016.
2016 Nomination for the choreography award in the play ‘Fortunatos’ directed by Magdalena Zira
2009 Aerowaves Network final list for the piece ‘Pretendance’
2007 'Creator of the Year’ Madame Figaro awards voted by the public
2005 Honorary prize in the Cyprus Dance Platform for the piece ‘Eye to I’
2004 Aerowaves Network final list for the piece ‘Evergreen’
2003 First prize in the Cyprus Dance Platform for the piece ‘Evergreen’