Lia is a performance maker and performer. She calls herself ‘artist on stage and off’ as her work is presented in theatres, museums, galleries and in in urban locations.
She uses the body and voice as carriers of identity, yet subject to the transformative potential of performance.
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 artistic structure .pelma.Lia Haraki.
Lia has been a resident artist at the Dance House Lemesos since 2007. This year (2019) she will be based in Nicosia at OPAP City theatre as part of a collaboration with NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] .
Lia’s 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.
In 2007 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. 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 related to relevance by the EDN (European Dance House Network) in 2016.
She has given two Tedx talks entitled ‘Whatever you perform is right’ as part of Tedx Limassol and ‘The necessity of Performance’ at Tedx Patras.
2016 Nomination for the choreography award in the play ‘Fortunatos’ directed by Magdalena Zira
2013 Venice BIennale for visual Arts (special mention for the Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion)
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’