Maria Ghoumrassi

Teacher. Choreographer. Dancer.

Maria da Luz is a dancer, choreographer, movement director and educator.

She is interested in Intercultural Performance and Education as a way of developing cultural awareness, through multidisciplinary arts using techniques from around the world.

Maria da Luz creates work that is emotionally poetic, physically challenging and rhythmically complex. She draws from contemporary, ballet, Africanist dance practices, jazz and hip-hop.

She explores themes of social concern, identity and abstract movement, the relationship between sound and movement and abstract compositions.

Classes and shows
Connecting people through movement

Awards and recognition

Maria is recipient of The Trailblazers Fellowship, ADAD Dance UK and was shortlisted for the Place Prize in 2004.

As Associate Artist with ‘Spare Tyre Theatre Company’ she mentors, choreographs and performs with adults with learning disabilities. Works created have been showcased at Tara Arts, The Roundhouse, The New Diorama Theatre and The Albany.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer

The journey so far…

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

I am interested in Intercultural Performance and Education as a way of developing cultural awareness through multidisciplinary arts using techniques from around the world. I draw from contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and Africanistic movement.

I was honoured to be selected for Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentorship 2015/16 working with Kerry Nicholls, supported by Trinity Laban and was awarded a ‘Dancers Career Development’ Retraining Grant in 2016 to continue my choreographic development and establish Maria Ghoumrassi’s Dance Company.

Why I do what I do

My True Passion

I want to create thought provoking work that connects with people while validating their personal experiences.

My values as an artist:

  • Creativity
  • Spirituality
  • Honesty
  • Individuality & Being yourself
  • Community

What interests and moves me:

  • Inner Strength
  • Visual Theatre
  • Community Sharing
  • Investigating, Experimenting, Taking Risks
THE NEXT STEP IN THE JOURNEY

Awaken a dancer’s body awareness through alignment, presence and mindfulness

My grandmother had 20 children… and my mother… lost three babies.

These experiences of motherhood is what bind these women together. What impact did that have on each woman? How did they cope with these circumstances?

We are living in a world full of contradictions where 1 in 6 couples in Britain have difficulties in conceiving, whilst, scientists are in researching ways in which a woman’s role is no longer needed.

With this in mind, I have been inspired to create a dance piece entitled A Tree Without Leaves, exploring infertility, being/not being a mother and identity.

The title derives from a proverb from Chad saying A Tree Without Leaves is Like a Woman Without Children.

I have delivered a creative workshop to a diverse group of women at different stages in their fertility journeys. I gathered stories and explored infertility/not being a mother through movement, drawing and writing.

Classes and Shows

Contemporary
Tuesdays until 23 May 2017
Greenwich Dance, London
Professional Contemporary
Monday to Thursday, 26-29 June
TripSpace Projects, London
Creative Dance for people aged 55+
Fridays 13:00 - 14:15
Greenwich Dance, London
City Summer Sounds
Performance Space College Building
City, University of London

“I am not a professional dancer, nor a student to be so. I just love dancing and trying new, open classes. This week I tried Maria's class based on the principles of Horton techniques. I hadn't realised how similar to yoga Horton was: the alignment of the spine, the stretch of the neck, back, arms, and legs; the plank and table tops, among others.
Ola Maria!”

“I found the technique extremely helpful for improving my core stability and ballance. I included some of the exercises in my work out and warm up. So I still repeat many of the things you taught in class. The work with straight lines and clear shapes appeared as a challenge for my extensions, and this is a good thing as it's something very much needed. ”

“I know you don't do yoga but your class reminds me of the structure of a yoga class. A good yoga teacher will start and end the class together in a calm way, have a good amount of technique vs flow and leave the students walking away feeling like they have achieved something. You had all of that, a good balance and a fun dance sequence at the end.”

“Maria is an excellent practitioner of contemporary dance and the Horton technique. She teaching with the priceless qualities of passion and generosity. She layers her lessons with a thread of embodiment and feeling one's body. She treats her professional dancers with intelligence and has a strong sense of ambition for her dancers. She is unique for UK contemporary classes because she carefully weaves softening and strong sudden Horton movements, using dynamic yet clear gestures, her performance provides a high standard demonstration for her students.”

“Her classes are often rich in content, variety, and tone, that take the dancers on an immersive whole body journey, from fingers to toes. All this is laced with a complimentary music playlist including Eastern type ephemeral to warm African-inspired percussion. Overall, Maria has many exquisite choreographic qualities that make her one of a kind. ”

“You have very natural approach to teaching which as I maybe said before made me feel very comfortable in class. I would definitely be happy to take a class again.
Thank you Maria xxx”

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February 5, 2017

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My grandmother had 20 children… and my mother… lost three babies. These experiences of motherhood is what bind these women together. What impact did that have on each woman? How...
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Maria da Luz creates work that is emotionally poetic, physically challenging and rhythmically complex. She draws from contemporary, ballet, Africanist dance practices, jazz and hip-hop. She explores themes of social...
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Take the next step with me

I intend to have an educational strand delivering creative workshops to various groups including fertility clinics, teenage girls in secondary schools, Universities, mixed age and gender groups. I see this with the potential to bring together the Arts and Science, including mental health, into an artistic context as well as raising awareness about the subject matter.

Doing this stage I would learn about my craft and development as an artist. I want to learn how I can be these women’s voices… And I hope to make my mother and grandmother proud!

If you’d like to get in touch, please contact me on my social media accounts or email me directly at maria@mariaghoumrasi.com

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