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Niyayesh is an Iranian artist based in Milan, Italy. She is a storyteller through various

disciplines in the performing arts, both as a performer and choreographer. Her works are searching for possible visual folktales, cultural narratives,

anthropology, theatre and voice choreography. She combines her experiences in choreography, ethnography, symbolist poetry and Persian traditional vocal graphs in a series of perceptual performances.

Holding a master’s in urban planning and policy analysis from polytechnic university of Milan and contemporary dance studies from Accademia Susanna Beltrami, she is a researcher of landscape and dance-scape sketches in natural and urban and semi -urban textures.

To see creations and laboratories 




Graduated at Academia Susanna Beltrami Contemporary dance and performing arts, Milan, IT
MA-Urban Planning and policy analysis, Politecnico di Milano

Personal exhibition


  • Moskosel creative lab residency laboratory August

  • Antigone’s Pride- Performing Society – A.P.P.S. 

is promoted by Astràgali Teatro- Eufonia soc. coop (Italy), in partnership with the University of Salento- Department of Engineering – Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab (Italy), Fundacion de la Danza “Alicia Alonso” of “Rey Juan Carlos” University of Madrid (Spain), Institute im. Jerzego Grotowskiego (Poland), Theatro Tsi Zakythos (Greece), with the support of the Creative Europe Program.

  • Il sole abbisale

Solo performance at dancehaus Accademia Susanna Beltrami,May 2023


Performance ‘Undomesticated voices’

directed by Lara Damaso performed by Niyayesh Nahavandy Installation by Rafaella Naldi Rossano 

Istituto Svizzero Milan,Italy May 2022

  • BioAREALab Summer Residency, Bucharest, Romania

August and September ​

A residency in collaboration with international choreographers and composers in the research of applying performance in the city spaces of Bucharest

  • A poem in your body

Creation following a laboratory conducted  with students of Accademia Susanna Beltrami

  • The Existence of the Mirrors

- Presented as selected work at VAPORE D'ESTATE 2022 event at Fabbrica del Vapore


  • The Existence of the Mirrors

-Exhibited as the selected performance of the year at Accademia Susanna Beltrami, June 2021

-Selected for Coca Project , July,2021
-Selected  for the Padova Danza residence project, A tutto tondo Danza ,August and September 2021

-Exhibited at Festival Exister, Milan, October 2021

Video art

  • “I dug a moon in my garden”, 2021

Special honory mention
Awarded by the Jury of Spectators of the 2021 Digital Interface Award, Hanger fest, Pesaro, Italy, November 2021

  • Eve and the Apple

-Performance exhibited for Find Danza festival Cagliari, Italy

  • By the size of a room

Performance as a student project exhibited at the Susanna Beltrami Academy


As an actress and performer


  • Performance  ‘Undomesticated voices’ by  Lara Damaso Installation by Rafaella Naldi Rossano , Istituto Svizzero Milan,Italy



  • le sacre du printemps choreography a by Susanna Beltrami, Milan, Italy


  • Ippolito di Euripides directed by Farzad Amini presented at the Arcate D'Arte festival, Bergamo Italy


  • Untitled workshop demonstration conducted by Paola Lattanzi at the Susanna Beltrami Academy, Milan, Italy


  • Comare Morte,Regia di​Damiano Grasselli,30th edition of the Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen in Grenoble in July 2018

  • Ippolito di Euripides directed by Farzad Amini represented at the theater independent of Tehran


  • Furor Corporis performance Exhibition by Beat Kuert Maimeri Foundation, Milan, Italy


  • Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez directed by Farzad Amini at the house of artists, Tehran, Iran

Laboratory and residence



  • "From poetry to movement" as a choreographer

A research on Persian modern poetry related to scenic design with students of Accademia Susanna Beltrami, Milan,Italy


  • "Tentativo di Dubbio"

-A social laboratory includes five evenings during which a series of exercises will be offered to the public to escape from the ordinary and automatic way of relating to the world.

Bologna 2022. A Didymos project with the TDD research team Made in collaboration with Camilla Hilbe and Yulia Tikhomirova. Curated by Giulia Plebani.


  • Selected as dance author for the Project Dancescape (In a landscape), Bologna, Training residence organized by the Cultural Urban Dance Association

"Dancescapes puts in place, professionalism and specific actions to support the authors of in situ creations, performances, and shows, skills in public spaces, museums, natural or urban landscapes, of participatory or experiential actions in public space and with local communities."

  • Selected artist for Coca Project, an Online platform dedicated to multidisciplinary artists

  • Selected artist for “Art Heritage” project research for traditional dance forms and performances in the concept of classicism with Susanna Beltrami and Stefano Fardelli,Milan,Italy

  • Selected artist for Atuttotondodanza, Residency curated by Padova dance project, Vigonza,Italy



  • Scenic art education at the Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo, a research survey through various practices of actors designed by Italian directer Renzo Vescovi and leaded by the head of Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo,Tiziana Barbiero, Bergamo, Italy, Duration 6 months 2016

  • Interview and articles


Written by Niloofar Mohtadi | 17th Oct 2020 | InterviewIranItalyTheatre and DanceTranscultural Collaborations



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