Irem Calikusu was born in Istanbul, where she worked at the Theater Research Lab with Mustafa Kaplan. She completed a Master’s thesis on Butoh and Post War Politics in Japan at the Anthropology Department of UMass, Amherst. Her teachers include Ko Murobushi , Akira Kasai, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and the teachers at the Cunningham School for Dance. She spent five months training with Min Tanaka at the Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan. Irem is active in New York as a solo dancer and she is currently a member of Garnica LEIMAY.