About the class
Maria will be teaching the improvisation classes throughout the month of February and the focus will be on noticing, and specifically noticing our pleasures, which will inform our learning about ourselves as improvisers and artists. Maria will offer a safe space for exploration and investigation into various ways of working with improvisation drawing from her most recent experience working with Performance Improvisers Andrew Morrish and Peter Trotman during the improvisation festival VARIA2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. During the classes we will be working with different movement tasks using sensation, voice, language and phrasing which will inform and support us to perform various length solos.
These classes are open to all levels and abilities interested in improvisation. Please wear comfortable clothing and preferably bring a notebook and pen.
Maria Svensson is a professional contemporary choreographer, producer, performer, early years artist and educator with a main focus on improvisation. She holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and has worked as a dance artist since 2007 in mainly Sweden, London and Ireland. She was dance artist in residence at An Lab, Dingle funded by the Arts Council and Kerry County Council 2016-2018 and has created own work and in collaboration with other artists and companies such as Cathy Walsh, Mark Mc Laughlin, Dans i Värmland, Daghdha Dance Company and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.
Maria has a vast interest in solo work and the importance of building sustainable communities and platforms for dance artists. She is artistic director of the solo dance festival ‘Going Solo Together’ which takes place yearly in her hometown Örebro (SE). In 2017 the bilingual version of the festival premiered in Dingle together with co-director Nick Bryson of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company.