Trailblazers Starter 2004-05: Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi
Maria Ghoumrassi is a choreographer, dancer, educator and movement director working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance.
She has worked with various companies including the original cast of Disney’s The Lion King. She was Movement director for BBC3 The Mighty Boosh and performed her work in venues such as The Place, Greenwich Dance; Rose Bruford College and Camden People’s Theatre, produced by ‘Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts’.
Maria da Luz was a recipient of the Trailblazers Fellowship 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. She draws from contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and Africanist movement.
Maria da Luz was 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 her choreographic development and establish Maria Ghoumrassi Dance Company. She has recently worked with Peta Lily, Border Crossings and interdisciplinary artists Jan Lee and Jacky Lansley.
Maria da Luz enjoys collaborating with various artists and disciplines and has performed for Turner Prize nominee, Anthea Hamilton’s Magazine Sessions Sackler Gallery, Lito Kattou and Leonor Serrano Rivas and composer Dorothy Lee.
She was resident artist at The Dance Research Studio researching her new choreographic project exploring infertility, being/not being a mother and identity supported by the Arts Council England. She was shortlisted for The Dance Ideas Enterprise Fund and was resident artist at TripSpace to continue her research into her project in 2017.
She has currently been selected for the One Dance UK Choreographic Observership, to expand her training in devising with Frantic Assembly by observing their future productions.