Hatch 2017 announcement

Dance Ireland is delighted to announce the recipient of Hatch 2017 award to Maria Nilsson Waller, who receives a €15,000 cash award and 1 month residency in the Creation Studio at DanceHouse. 

In response to an Open Call, we received 7 applications, from a diverse range of dance makers and shortlisted 2 artists for interview. The selection panel which comprised Paul Johnson (Chief Executive), Aoife Courtney (Board of Directors) and choreographer John Scott (external expertise), had no hesitation in awarding Hatch 2017 to Maria Nilsson Waller. They also acknowledged the vibrancy and breadth of proposals received.

Maria is an Associate Artist, a member of the board of director and morning class teacher with Dance Ireland. She grew up in the northern Swedish province of Jämtland, and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School Stockholm, S.E.A.D Salzburg and Canne Jeune Ballet, France.

An active member of the sector, Maria has being based in Ireland since 2009, where she has developed work as a choreographer, performer, musician and teacher. In 2015 Maria was named “Hoffnungsträgerin” by Tanzmagazine. She has created a range of works, including merry-go-round for Dublin Dance Festival 2017, commissions from Galway Dance Days, and Dublin City Council Libraries and recently completed a project with Swedish professional football team ÖFK - a unique collision between sports and dance which premiered at Storsjötetern, Östersund.  

Maria will use Hatch to seed, investigate and develop her choreographic vocabulary, working with long-time collaborator dance artist Liv O’Donoghue, designer Hanna Bowe and others. In addition  Maria will also lead morning training classes.

Maria Nilsson Waller will use HATCH to begin research for a new work integrating movement, set and sound together with a team of multidisciplinary artists. The work will be informed by themes of multiverses, choice and consequence. She is also developing a method of movement training which will influence the choreographic language of the work. Maria looks forward to this opportunity to develop these ideas in a focused way and to engage further with the local dance community through work-in-progress sharings and through Dance Ireland’s professional training program.

Her work often examines our relationship to nature and environment as well as the borders between the known and unknown, science versus faith and mythology. Maria's work is often multidisciplinary, re-creating entire worlds or landscapes on stage through dance, sound, light and design.