Iris Lana is a researcher, lecturer, director of dance archive projects, member of dance public committees and an entrepreneur and facilitator of discursive platforms on contemporary dance in Israel. She holds a B. Mus from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and and M.A. from the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Tel-Aviv University. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation at Tel Aviv University on the subject of dance archives.
She served as the Director of Batsheva Dance Company's archive project and as the Director of the Dance project of The National Digital Collection: Architecture, Dance, Design and Theater, at National Library of Israel in collaboration with the Batsheva Dance Company and the Judaica Division at the Harvard University Library. Together with Prof. Rina Gluck she co-founded and directed the Oral History Project, documenting Israeli Dance from its early days.
Iris Lana teaches dance theory and analysis, history of dance in Israel and contemporary dance in Europe and Israel at The Jerusalem Academy of Dance, at the Kibbutzim Collegein Tel Aviv and at Masson Gross School of the Arts Online at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. She was an independent choreographer and movement designer for theatre for many years and a movement teacher for actors Beit-Zvi School of Theatre where she served as the head of the movement department. She was a co-director of the academic committee of the project of translation of dance books into Hebrew and served as a co-artistic Director of Machol Chadash (New Dance) Festival in Jerusalem in 2012.
Lana initiated and facilitates Points for a Thought a discursive platform on contemporary dance at the Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv. Since 2020 she is the director of Diver Festival.