Aida Amirkhanian Bio

Aida Amirkhanian is a choreographer and performer in dance theatre. She graduated from the world renowned École Mudra in Brussels, Belgium under the direction of legendary choreographer Maurice Béjart, where she studied dance, theatre, music, improvisation and interdisciplinary composition. She has performed internationally with École Mudra and Béjart's Ballet du XXème Siècle for several years including performances at the Covent Garden in London, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires among others.

In 1982, Aida moved to Australia where she continued her multidisciplinary career as a choreographer, performer and theatre director working in collaboration with many dance and theatre companies including the Human Veins Dance Theatre, the Canberra Dance Theatre, the Jigsaw Theatre Company and Women on a Shoestring Theatre Company in a variety of capacities.

Aida has been based and continues her artistic journey in Los Angeles and has been creating and performing new solo works as well as collaborating with various artists. She has also performed in Dance Kaleidoscope festival, Fountain Theatre's Festival of Solos and Duets and Interplay Santa Barbara among others.

In 1999 Aida was invited by Aram Gharabekian, the music director of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia to collaborate on the project of Harutiun Dellalian's Topophono. In 2006, she was invited to collaborate with Gharabekian again where she coreographed and performed Shchedrin's Carmen, at the site of the 7th century cathedral of Zvartnots. In 2008 and again in 2009 she was invited to perform in Australia as part of the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia.

In 1991 Aida was the recipient of the Canberra Critics' Circle Award for her creativity and artistic integrity as evidenced in her choreography and performance over a number of years and as exemplified in Mephisto Waltz.

In 1992 Aida completed her solo piece for which she became one of the five finalists for the Canberra Times Artist of the Year award. In 2004 Aida was nominated for the Horton Dance Awards in Los Angeles for outstanding solo performer.