“Over the past few years, I have also become interested in using ideas of exchange and ecology as a frame: how do we invest ourselves in being together? How do we exchange thoughts and ideas? How can we recycle in a good and interesting way? How do we work on the idea of sustainability as a practice but also as an approach to choreography, dramaturgy, etc.? ”Ivana Müller
Although she creates through various forms, theatre remains the principle context in which she develops and presents her work. Her pieces – among others How Heavy Are My Thoughts (2003), Under My Skin (2005), While We Were Holding It Together (2006), Playing Ensemble Again And Again (2008), Working Titles (2010), 60 Minutes of Opportunism (2010), Partituur (2011), In Common (2012), We are Still Watching (2012-2015), Positions (2013), Edges (2016), Conversations Out of Place (2017) – have been produced and presented in some of the major theatre festivals and venues in Europe, USA and Asia, over the last 12 years.
Her work has been occasionally shown in visual art contexts (Venice Biennale 2015, among others).
In her practice she has collaborated and collaborates with artists and theoreticians such as Bojana Kunst, David Weber Krebs, Andrea Bozic, Jonas Rutgeerts, Jefta van Dinther, Bill Aitchison, Paz Rojo, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Christine De Smedt, Gaëlle Obiégly and many others.
In 2007 Müller received the Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Fund (NL) for her oeuvre, as well as the Impulse Festival & Goethe Institute Prize for her piece While We Were Holding It Together. That same year, the piece was also nominated for the Dutch VSCD prize for best performance of the year.
Next to her artistic practice, Ivana Müller curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectured/lectures as a guest lecturer/professor (at, amongst others, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam, Institute For Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, Université Paris 8, Performance Studies – University of Hamburg, PARTS Brussels etc.).
Müller studied Comparative literature and French at the University of Zagreb, Choreography & dance at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Fine Arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.
From 2004 till 2009 she was a founding member of artistic collaborative platform LISA (Amsterdam). In 2017, Ivana Müller was associate artist at the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris.
Ivana Müller was born in Zagreb and grew up in Croatia and in Amsterdam. She lives in Paris and works internationally.