Inma Pavon was born in Spain, she trained in ballet and contemporary dance, earning a BA in Physical Education. She pursued her passion for contemporary dance in Ireland, and received a First Class Honour in the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in 2003.
She was selected for the ICNWP’07 (Irish Choreographers New Work Platform 2007) under the mentorship of Wendy Houstoun. Also in 2007/08, she joined Daghdha Dance Company Mentoring Programme and received a bursary award by Dance Ireland/the Arts Council with which she was able to develop her choreographic work under the mentorship of Amanda Coogan. She has worked extensively with the Firkin Crane, receiving both their “Blank Canvas” and “Inquiry” residencies in recent years, and developing her project “Spell It: Invisible Words.”
Inma has danced with the Cork City Ballet, danced and choreographed with cruX Dance Theatre Company and REBUS Improvisation Dance Company, and in 2011-2012, she choreographed John O’Brien’s Dido and Aeneas, which premiered at Cork Opera House and then toured nationally. Also with John O’Brien, Pavon choreographed Inner Landscape, a dance film for three dancers, which screened at Light Moves Dance Film Festival in Limerick and at Indie Cork Film Festival in 2014.
Blending her interest in performance, choreography, collaboration, and teaching, Inma facilitated and choreographed the LifeSounds project led by UCC PhD student Grainne McHale. This project was granted an Arts Participation Project Award. She has also worked with UCC PhD composer Dorone Paris in her project, ‘The Lion’s Den’, and with UCC PhD Digital Arts Sara Wentworth, IV WILLS.
She has been guest teacher & choreographer at the CSN Dance course for 2016/2017 and with Cork Youth Ballet Company.
She continuos her love for collaborative practice among many Cork based multidisciplinary artists: Carolyn Collier, Maria Sinnecker, Natasha Bourke, Andrea Bonino, Eimear Reidy, Helen Horgan, Sean Breathnach, Aine Duffy, Ankie Janssen, Pierce Coady, Brian Lane, Mick O’Shea, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Robert Monaghan, Helle Helsner, etc.
In 2016 she was awarded an Arts Participation Bursary from the Arts Council to continue working with a group of women from Headway (National Brain Injury Services) and to create a dance film. The film won Best Cork Shorts Award from the Cork Film Festival (2017) and can be watched in RTE Player: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/irish-short-films-30004853/10815366/
One of the highlights of her work in recent years has been her performances with renown Irish Performance Artist Amanda Coogan at the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin) and at the UILLINN West Cork Arts Centre.
She recently worked with Baroque violinist Justin Grounds on ‘Last Dance’ project as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme organised by the West Cork Arts Centre.