Choreographer, dancer and poet based in Paris.
Born in Italy in 1980.
She feels very early a talent in writing, drawing and creating sequences of movement. As an adolescent she is designated to be a marathoner in official competitions; she starts to study dance at the age of nineteen. During her studies at University of Siena she takes tango lessons and discovers improvisation. She decides to take classical dance and traditional Indian dance lessons. In those years she also experiences a strong training in improvisation with Mila Moretti. In 2003 she is admitted in the prestigious Scuola del Teatro Stabile founded by Luca Ronconi, in Turin. She studies mime with Jacques Lecoq’s assistant Marise Flash, learns the basis of Laban techniques with Maria Consagra and delves into biomechanical movement with Nicolai Karpov. She takes acting lessons with Franca Nuti. In 2006 she is admitted in the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris and moves to France. Her professional career starts with a partnership with the Théâtre des Amandiers and the Max Fourestier Hospital. She gives her first workshop in movement with people affected by psychiatric diseases. At the end of such project, in 2015, she meets Marinella Senatore at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers: a new partnership is born. She creates choreographies for Marinella’s nomad company The School of Narrative Dance in Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017), for the Haywarth Gallery (London 2018), at Villa Medici (Rome 2018), and for Manifesta12 (Palermo 2018). For 2019 Maria is working on the coreographies for some Marinella’s forthcoming projects which will take place in Finland, South Africa and Italy.
She is currently studying the holistic approach of the Eutony movement created by Gerda Alexander and she is elaborating her own dance notation system.
La thérapie du rêve, her first book, was published in France in 2006; various poems appeared on the Revue du MIDI between 2015 and 2016.
Photos Alessandro Manna