iele paloumpis

Death Doula, Dance Artist, Intuitive Healer in Brooklyn, New York

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iele paloumpis is a disabled, trans, queer dance artist, intuitive healer, teacher, and end of life doula. Having been raised by a disabled parent facing ableism, abuse and resulting poverty, iele thinks a lot about disability justice, youth advocacy, and classism in relation to dance and the healing work they do. At the center of iele’s practice are ideas exploring body politics, lived experiences, and artistic self-empowerment.

iele has practiced Tarot for 19 years, most recently under the mentorship of Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and feels grateful to have had the opportunity to study herbology under the tutelage of Rosemary Gladstar this past summer. In 2006, they graduated from Hollins University under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. iele completed their training as an end of life doula in February 2016. iele received EOL certifications from Valley Home Care and Hospice in Paramus, NJ, Mount Sinai’s Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute’s Doula Program, and Deanna Cochran's Accompanying the Dying Certificate Program.

iele's dance work has been shown at New York Live Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and through Movement Research in various settings, including Judson Church (2013, 2009), Open Performance, and the 2012 Spring MR Festival as a part of Mix Tape. iele has also had numerous showings in Philadelphia, including at The Painted Bride Art Center, FLUXspace, Studio 34, The Community Education Center, the Philadelphia GLBT Arts Festival, and at the Flea.

In 2012-13, iele was a Studio Series Resident Artist at New York Live Arts and worked under the mentorship of Trajal Harrell through the Queer Art Mentorship Program. iele was also a recipient of a BAX Fall Space Grant in 2013. Previously, iele co-organized there's nothing neutral about bodies, a discussion/workshop/group performance through CLASSCLASSCLASS (2011), and was a co-recipient of The Leeway Foundation’s Art and Social Change Grant (2010). As a performer, iele has danced for niv Acosta, devynn emory, Jen McGinn, Emily Wexler and Nina Winthrop, among others.

iele teaches dance improvisation, composition, theory and critique. they also offer workshops integrating neo-pagan spirituality with movement and healing.

  • Education
    • Hollins University