Nefeli Skarmea is a movement director, yoga instructor and art curator based in London and Geneva.
Following her education in classical ballet and contemporary dance, Nefeli worked with independent choreographers as well as in state theatres, such as Tanztheater Nürnberg, cie. Toula Limnaios, Colette Sadler/Stammer Production (Berlin), cie. Alias/Guilherme Botelho (Geneva), a.o.
Yoga practice has accompanied her dance career since 2001. In 2011 she attained the teacher training diploma as a disciple of yoga visionary Sri Louise in the Dayananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India, and hence regularly teaches a somatic-based Asana Practice, combining physical knowledge which references a variety of yoga traditions.
As a movement director, Nefeli has been a regular collaborator of visual artists who incorporate the aspect of performance in their practice, such as Martin Creed, Cally Spooner, Joanna Piotrowska, Megan Rooney. She was responsible for the reconstruction and restaging of early pieces by performance and video pioneer Joan Jonas, during the artist's major retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, London, in March 2018.
Nefeli holds an MA in Cultures of the Curatorial, completed in 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. Since 2016, she works as an Assistant Curator at Art Night London, a contemporary art festival activating unusual spaces in different parts of London for one summer night; while previously, she worked as Curatorial Assistant at the Serpentine Galleries’ Public Programmes and as Project Assistant at dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel.