"At once sweeping and elliptical, Maria Nilsson Waller's Last Land speaks to the act of creation in its every form, but especially to the creative act of the artist. Its rhythms and metaphors carry us over into a transmembered nature that is sometimes sublime, sometimes strange and homely and uncanny. The piece itself is often sublime, deftly invoking man's transcendental longings. It is a piece of great power and wit and even beauty."
"a profound, poetic piece where the shifting moods are given even more depth and immediancy by the on stage trio of musicians."
The title translates as "No Man's Land". The piece is essentially about womanhood, in its many facets. Five female dancers of different ages and nationalities paint a picture of the world and the concerns of today's woman.
An epic and minimalist march through man's origins to his lost future, as told by the cockroaches who remain after him.
"With a scent of snow" is a solo exploration of memory, an attempt to portray the manner in which we remember. Movements are generated from fragments of personal memories and, together with light, sound and music, come together in an otherwordly and dream-like piece.
merry.go.round is the latest and final piece in Maria Nilsson Waller’s triptych based on unclaimed territories, Terra Nullius. After an imagined reconstruction of Bir Tawil and Antarctica in Last Land (2012), followed by the deep-sea world of Founder (2014), merry.go.round looks outwards, into the vast black space surrounding us, the dance of the celestial bodies and what it is we call home.
As with other pieces in Nilsson Waller’s work, our relationship to nature and the environment is being examined, as are the borders between the known and unknown, and science versus faith and mythology. merry.go.round explores domestic space next to the borders of our known universe, in a world where each man is an island.
We meet iconic characters like Juliette, her Italian Boyfriend, Orpheus, Eurodice, Heloise and Abelard, and Queen Elizabeth I, all caught in what seems to be a world stuck in post-romantic stress disorder. Resting on a foundation of loops and orbits and with a touch of cinematic Sci-Fi the dancers move between construction and deconstruction in a marvel universe both beautifully simple and incredible messy.
Otherworldly and epic, yet wonderfully familiar it is a piece that lingers, offering the spectator ever new constellations to observe.
Choreography/set/sound: Maria Nilsson Waller
Light: Stephen Dodd
Dance: David Nondorf, Elin Hedin,Justine Cooper, Mikel Aristegui, Marcia Liu.
This piece was created for Cannes Jeune Ballet and was a part of the company's repertoire 2008/2009.