Ofelia Balogun

Ofelia Omoyele Balogun, is an Italian-Nigerian native of Bologna, brings in her dance the urgency that a bridge and a dialogue among cultures is possible and necessary.

Dancer and Movement Artist, Ofelia has recently concluded her studies in Ba(Hons) Diverse Dance Styles- African and Afri-Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban Dance at IRIE!Dance Theatre validated by Roehampton University of London. A journey that guided her to Senegal at the Ecole des Sables, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, South Africa (University of Johannesburg) and Ethiopia.

She collaborated with Dance companies in the United Kingdom as Irie! Dance Theatre (Jamaica/UK), Union Dance (South-Africa/UK), Ballet Nimba (Guinea/UK), Ella Mesma Dance Company (Afro-Latin/UK), Gruppo Afro Corpo e Mente in Movimento, African Heritage UK, ADAD and DAD.

In Italy, she collaborated with GriotMag and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation in the realization of “Mirrors” (2019), a Dance Theatre production that collaborated and toured with several national resident companies in Africa. The production reflected on the relationship – meeting/ clashing of the Afri- Italian identity under the Artistic Direction of Johanne Affricot and Irene Russolillo.

With Cantieri Meticci (Bologna), she has collaborated with Pietro Floridia e Elia Dal Maso in the theatrical production called “La Bestia, el tren de la muerte”(2020). A freight train loaded with immigrants travels towards the American dream, a legend of a female figure who, rebelling against violence, becomes a goddess with diasporic origins between Cuba and Nigeria in a performance that addresses issues of resistance and struggle.

She has created two productions on the themes of displacement and dualities of the body of cultures. “I-M-MIGRANT” (IRIE! Dance Theatre/UK) “The Willow Tree” (Serendipity/UK).

Ofelia led dance labs in which Movement and Perception of the Self interweaved underlined the importance of translating the concept of “Decolonizing the Mind and the Body “ offering to dancers, ambassadors of bodies of culture, a new method that reflects on Origins and Awareness.