Maria Kefirova

The Nutcracker

© Frederic Chais
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A performance for a dancer, voice recorder, four audio speakers and 25 kg of walnuts. The walnuts are used as a material that has a clear definition between inside and outside. The sound is used as a material with no inside or outside. The body is a surface between the inside and the outside. A human figure, sound and walnuts will perform a series of dislocations and relocations, folding into each other in a process where sound  becomes a body and a performer of its own.

 

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Maria Kefirova is a dancer and choreographer based since 1992 in Montréal. Parallel to her work as a performer, she has been developing her own artistic practice combining dance, theatre, performance and video. The main focus in her work is the correlation between internal and external realities, as well as the body’s role as an interface between the two, which is at the heart of many of her works (The Nutcracker – 2014, Corps. Relations – 2010, Gold Meat – 2010, Manufacturing Tears – 2009). Through choreography she builds physical spaces for movement of attention, thought and energy (Distance – 2016, The Paradise -2015 and Why are dogs successful on stage? – 2012). Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe and Mexico. From 2009 to 2012, Maria was a participant at DasArts, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation located in Amsterdam. She teaches workshops and expands her own choreographic practice through collaborations with other artists (Miguel Melgarez, Jean -François Laporte, Hanako Hoshimi- Caines, Katie Ward, Jonathan Parant, Paul Chambers and Sameena Sitbakhan).

"For a very long time something has been knocking inside of me, knocking on my walls, pushing them from the inside. It is not a word, it is not a feeling, it is not a thought - it is Mike Tyson, or Grace Jones, or Mickey Rourke, or somebody else. Why?

Who is knocking? I am knocking.

I am knocking on a closed door.

I am knocking on an open door.

The knocking is constant from both sides and I am a door.

My persistent obsession with the relationship between in and out, and the surface in-between, search answers in three practices: dancing, shifting sounds and cracking walnuts. The walnuts are used as a material that has a clear definition between inside and outside. The sound is used as a material with no inside or outside. The body is a surface between the inside and the outside."

- Maria Kefirova

Choreographer, performer, sound design
  • Maria Kefirova
Technical director and light design
  • Paul Chambers
Artistic advisors
  • Claudia Fancello , Florence Figol, Miguel Melgares
Sound assistant
  • Jonathan Parant
Set Design
  • Miguel Melgares
Artistic Advisor and Coach
  • Florence Figols, Sarah Hanley
With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique