photo by John McGarity


Exploring and navigating the landscape of the imagination
is at the heart of the work of Ann Papoulis,
both as an artist and as an Imagination Activator.

She is trained as a dancer, actor, musician and visual artist,
she studied History at Bryn Mawr College, Oral History at Columbia University
and Business at the Grenoble École de Management.

Through years of experimentation, she developed The Iris Map
a method that offers a means of moving agilely through the imagination
and of using its immense resources to refine how we live and work.
She believes that the imagination will play an increasingly crucial role for humanity
as we move deeper into the new millennium.
She addresses this subject in her article  :  The Imagination and the Dance of Life
and in her TEDx talk  :   Something inside the imagination

She developed IRIS Management,
a managerial innovation that puts the individual & collective imagination
at the center of Managerial Processes & Tools.
She conducted a Team Harmonization Project with an Open Innovation Team
at SAFRAN, the French Aeronautic Group.
She has given speeches and seminars at HEC Paris, Air Liquide,
Sciences Po Paris, the American Chamber of Commerce Lyon,
L’Institut Léonard de Vinci, among others.

Her work has been deeply influenced by Merce Cunningham,
whose technique she has been teaching since 1983 in New York & throughout Europe
including for the companies of Opéra de Lyon, Angelin Preljocaj, Maguy Marin,
Jean-Claude Gallotta, Philippe Decouflé and Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker.
She is working on a book about Cunningham’s prescient aesthetic.

Her solo work has been performed in festivals throughout Europe and in New York,
including at the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center.
She has created works on dance and theater companies, notably an opera
Landscape: mind variations
commissioned by the National House of Opera & Ballet of Slovenia.

She is currently working on MIST — floating in imagination a physical installation.

She lives and works in Paris.