Ioannis Karounis is a performer, choreographer and co-artistic director of the International Dance Film Festival - ATHENS VIDEO DANCE PROJECT. He is also a filmmaker with a keen interest in video and documentaries. He studied dance in Jacob’s Pillow Dance School (Massachusetts - US), in National School of Dance (Greece) and in Kontaxaki Professional Dance School (Greece). He has studied performance in the University of Athens. Most recently, he has collaborated with Marina Abramovic Institute, NEON Organisation, Benaki Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), National Theater of Norway, Niarchos Foundation, Documenta 14 (Athens-Kassel 2017), stART - Robert Bosch Stiftung, David Dorfman Company NYC, XVII Festival International de Danza Contemporanea (Mexico), Greek Festival, National Theater of Greece, International Dance Festival of South Korea, Hellenic Dance Company, Biennale Athens AB5to6, Echo Echo Dance Festival (Ireland), Off Europa Festival (Germany), Arc for Dance International Festival, Greek Contemporary Dance Platform, Dance Days Chania (Greece) etc. He has collaborated with many artists from Greece and abroad such as Marina Abramovic, David Zabrano, Ted Stoffer, Rafika Chawishe, Michael Kliën, Ermira Goro, Georgia Sagri, Athanasia Kanellopoulou, Hermes Malkotsis, Apostolia Papadamaki etc.
He has taught contemporary dance in National Dance School, University of Athens, Athens School of Fine Arts, Dance Cultural Center, EU Programs (Action 1&2) and in many other places in Greece and abroad. He is a founding member of BelleVille non-profit organisation, Athens Video Dance Project, Society of Dance, Dancetheater.gr and Saltator Physical Dance Group. He is an active and inspired performer, choreographer and dance teacher with a great interest in martial arts and yoga.