Maria Nilsson Waller is a freelance dance artist and choreographer. She was elected "Hoffningsträgerin" (bearer of hope) 2015 by Tanzmagazine. With work described as idiosyncratic, mesmerizing, pure, quirkily humorous and as poetry from the lingonberry forest she is a multidisciplinary artist who also designs sound, set and costume.
Maria was born in 1984 in the Swedish town of Östersund, county Jämtland. Surrounded by music, she grew up playing various instruments and was strongly influenced by the traditional music of the region, as well as by classical and modern music. At the age of 15 she left home to pursue a career in dance, a passion she had already carried for many years. She graduatedfrom the Royal Swedish Balletschool in 2004. Around this time, while working as a freelance dancer, her interest in choreography and composition started to grow. This led her to further studies at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and from there to France. Between 2007 and 2009, Maria was part of Cannes Jeune Ballet where she choreographed several pieces for the company’s repertoire under the artistic direction of Monique Loudiéres.
Maria is based in Dublin where she continues to create as an independent artist, dividing her work between Ireland and Sweden, often in close collaboration with dancers, musicians, film artists and photographers.
Maria regularily teaches professional daily contemporary training at Dance Ireland, Galway Dance Project, Dance Limerick and Classical Ballet for the College of Dance, Dublin. Apart from this she has also together with drummer Magnus Vikberg completed over 190 workshops in contemporary dance for primary schools in the north of Sweden between 2012-2017 through Skapande Skola.
Maria has received commissions from Galway Dance Days (Founder, 2014), Dublin City Council (Journey, 2014) and Estrad Norr (Blanca, 2015). In October 2015 she premiered "See the Man" a piece for 35 professional footballplayers plus staff of ÖFK (Östrsunds Fotbolls Klubb, Allsvenskan, Sweden) - a unique collaboration between sports and dance.
Maria is a member of Jämtlands Kulturkompani and was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist 2013/2014.
Professional morning class, Dance Ireland, Dublin.
Flora Fauna Project: Public workshops, D-Light Studios, Dublin.
Flora Fauna Project: Ballyfermot Library, school project.
Workshops merry.go.round tour, Dance Limerick
Movement and Choreography Primary Schools
Ballyfermot Library, Dublin
Profesional morning class, Contemporary