Rima Pipoyan

“I don’t consider myself as a choreographer of any particular genre, I create what feels right at the moment and what music, rhythm, thought and time dictate. The aesthetics is the thing that I appreciate the most. I never stop creating and looking for new forms of dance expression”.

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Rima Pipoyan is an enthusiastic  choreographer, director, dancer based in Yerevan, Armenia.  She is one of the pioneers of modern ballet and contemporary dance in Armenia. Selflessly following her passion from childhood, Rima never settles. 

“I knew I was going to become a professional dancer, when I first saw the “Swan Lake” ballet on the TV. I was three years old then,” says Rima with an excitement. “My parents have tried taking me to many different dancing clubs while I was a child, fortunately I liked nothing but the professional ballet,” Rima continues.

In 2006 she graduated from the Yerevan State College of Choreography as a dance teacher and a ballet dancer with honors. Starting from 2008 she is teaching at the same College as a classical dance, characteristic and historical dance teacher, as well as teaching choreography.

In 2012 she graduated Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography as a choreographer with honors receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Since 2012 she teaches dance and curates the course of “Choreography directing” at her Alma maters.

As a choreographer Rima has started her career in her early 16. “The years of my studies were the time when my active creative life sprang up. I was cooperating with people from different spheres, with different backgrounds: actors, dancers, filmmakers or singers,” says Rima. During that period she begins writing her own plays, which were successful enough to be performed on big stages of international festivals. At the time she was already getting offers from several theaters.Since then she successfully staged numerous choreographic pieces, performances among them: “That’s by falling that we rise”, “Medieval images”, “La vita nova”, “Sinful passions”, “Hours of Visions”, “Triptych”, etc. 

In 2016 she has been invited as a resident artist at Akademie der Kunste in Berlin. As a final result of her fellowship she created “Hey, Kitty!” solo-film performance based on Anna Frank’s diary. After successful premiere in Berlin 2017 the performance has been performed in Armenia, Croatia, Italy and Poland.

In 2017 she has found “Choreography development” educational and cultural foundation aiming to support the development of contemporary dance and modern ballet in Armenia. 

Her “Woman before decision making” solo performance interpreting by herself has been performed in the renowned festivals and contests such as Stuttgart Solo Dance Contest in Germany, Unit Motives international festival in Greece, Gdansk international Solo Dance Festival in Poland, Cortoindanza international Dance festival in Sardinia, Italy, 26ª Quinzena De Dança de Almada in Portugal, 23Masdanza international contemporary dance festival in Canary Islands, Spain, Vitebsk international choreography festival in Belarus etc. The performance has got various awards and prizes from above mentioned festivals and contests.

Today, she passionately teaches children to dance, she writes plays herself and she travels around the world to perform. 

Rima is not someone, who gives up easily. Her love to dance goes far beyond just an occupation, it is her life, so she creates a space for herself to grow.