Aphra Hartmann

Aphra Hartmann is an Irish/German contemporary and experimental movement artist based in Dublin with an interest in inter-disciplinary work, and has experience in performance, choreography, and teaching.

Aphra holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Human Development from Dublin City University and a first-class honours master’s degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick.

During her studies Aphra performed and choreographed with several established dance artists, including Liz Roche, Ursula Robb, Lucia Kickham and Mufutau Yusuf. Aphra has experience performing for Irish choreographer Kate Haughton in her work ‘Meeting Another’ in Marlay Park (2021), and at IMDT’s Dancer from the Dance Festival in The Complex Venue (2022). She also performed for Finnish choreographer Taneli Törmä for his commissioned work ‘ALIEN’ at Dublin Dance Festival (2023) at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre. Aphra has collaborated with Berlin-based visual artist Michaela Zimmer, dancing in a sitespecific installation ‘wear about’(2023), highlighting Zimmers’s painted work in collaboration with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Aphra’s choreographic experience includes works ‘Within & Without’, made in collaboration with Irish musician Paul Prior, created while on residency in Shawbrook, and performed at IMDT’s Dancer from the Dance, Festival of Irish Choreography (2022), and ‘sixtyforty’, performed at the Dancer from the Dance Festival (2023) at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin.

Aphra also has experience in teaching dance, having assisted in the project ‘Ages in Stages’ (2023) commissioned by Tipperary Dance with the local primary and secondary school. This project was directed by Rocio Dominguez in collaboration with visual artist Jairo Alvarez. Aphra is currently producing an immersive show with longtime collaborator Paul Prior, to be performed in Unit 44, Stoneybatter later this year. This will mark the release of Prior’s newest LP ‘The Reconciliation of Contraries’. Aphra is choreographing, directing, and performing, set to the soundtrack of Prior’s new body of work, reflecting themes of contradictions and extreme opposites through a blend of classical and club genres.