Kiri Haardt was born in Glasgow in 1966, grew up in Bern and lived for a time with her parents in the USA. After her dance training at the Rotterdamse Dans Academie / Codarts in Holland, she worked with COAX, the Vivienne Newport Company, at the Tanztheater of the Städtische Bühnen Münster and with Helena Waldmann, among others, before she was finally permanently engaged in the dance ensemble at the Theater Bremen under the direction of Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich from 1996 to 2007. With Susanne Linke’s works “Frauenballett”, “Also Egmont, bitte” and “Heiße Luft” she gave guest performances all over the world, regularly developed her own works in the series “Junge Choreographen” and was also active in Bremen across all genres in the Schauspiel, where she repeatedly worked with Lukas Langhoff. Since 2007 Kiri Haardt has been working as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Künste in Bern. In addition, she has a regular artistic collaboration with the contemporary composer Uwe Rasch.
From 2011 to 2013 she was a jury member of the International Competition for Choreography in Hannover. In 2012 she danced in the reconstruction of the production “CALLAS” by Reinhild Hoffmann, in 2015 she took the leading role as an actress in Maricel Alvarez’ and Emilio Garcia Wehbi’s production “Das brennende Haus” at the Konzert Theater Bern, in 2016 she danced at the Theater Trier in the Company Susanne Linke in the choreography “Stabat Mater” by Urs Dietrich. In 2017, at the invitation of TanzKollektivBremen, she developed a solo for the festival TANZ Bremen in collaboration with the composer Alexander F. Müller. In the same year, she took over the choreographic direction for the production “Old Testament – from the Diary of Mankind” at Schauspielhaus Graz, directed by Volker Hesse. In 2019 she danced with her daughter in “Bravehearts”, a collaboration with house choreographer Samir Akika at the Bremer Theater. In 2020 she was nominated as dancer of the year by “tanz- Zeitschrift für Ballett, Tanz und Performance” .