Maria Nurmela

Dancer, Repetitor

Maria Nurmela has been working as a freelance dance artist since 2002, collaborating with known choreographers including Susanne Linke, Helena Franzén and Yuval Pick. Nurmela has been dancing with Tero Saarinen Company since 2003, and also works as repetitor (Mariage, Finnish National Ballet, 2012) and teacher. In 20122016 she was in charge of TSC’s community outreach project Apollo tanssii!

Her own choreographic work consists of transdisciplinary and site-specific performances combining different theatrical tools. Her latest co-production Sarastuksia (Dawnings, 2017) with Turku-based Dance School Tanssitiimi and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (Turku) was part of the official Finland 100 programme. Nurmela is currently collaborating with Australian choreographer Renae Shadler.

Alongside her artistic work she regularly teaches at institutions such as the University of the Arts Helsinki as well as special pedagogical projects. Her artistry has been recognized by a Ballet/Tanz Year Book nomination as one of the most remarkable female performers of 2008, as well as numerous grants and residencies, including Saari Residency and the Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. Nurmela holds an MA in Dance pedagogy (University of the Arts Helsinki, 2007) and a BA in Dance (Folkwang University, 2002). Nurmela also studied Dance and Movement Therapy at Eino Roiha Institute (University of Jyväskylä, 20132014).


Outstanding Dancer

- BalletTanz Yearbook, Evelyn Finger, 2008 (Germany)

``I was especially taken with Maria Nurmela's melting quality in 'Wavelenghts'``

- The Washington Post, 13 March 2013 (USA) / Wavelengths

``Passionately perfomed by Henrikki Heikkilä and Maria Nurmela, Wavelengths evokes a battle of wills raging between the two lovers.``

- DanceTabs, 17 March 2013 (USA) / Wavelengths

``Nurmela dances with her entire being, elongating every line.``

- DC Metro Theater Arts, 13 March 2013 (USA) / Wavelengths

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