“My name is Maria Svensson, I’m an independent dance artist currently with residence funded by the Arts Council and Kerry County Council in An Lab located in beautiful Dingle, county Kerry. The first time I went to Derry was in April 2015 and I remember joking to myself ‘Kerry to Derry in one day’, that’s a great title, what a crazy long journey for someone to do in just one day! I didn’t think I’d be doing that journey too often, because really, it’s a bit of a trek. I’m delighted to have the excuse to go to Derry as often as possible these days though. It’s really great once I’m up and the journey does get easier with time.
Since that time in April I’ve been in Derry to perform in the Dance and Movement Festival in 2015 and now recently rehearse, rework and perform The Cove together with Steve Batts and everyone in the ensemble.
Ever since I got to know Echo Echo and their work, I knew I wanted to do what they were doing. Their way of working really appeals to me and I was delighted, of course, when asked to take part in The Cove. It was pretty daunting at first but I decided to take one day at a time. I got to visit the real cove near Shroove in County Donegal which was really helpful, I was then introduced to all the wonderful pieces in the installation that makes the piece so special.
Since January of this year we have performed already in three different places, altogether six performances and we have five more to go. It feels like the most natural thing and I’m really enjoying exploring Ireland, getting to know different venues and places and getting to know the people in the company more too.
It is really such an exciting thing to be part of and a pleasure to have this opportunity to perform the piece so many times and each time explore and evolve with it. I can’t wait for us to perform in my neck of the woods. I have a long and close relationship with Limerick so I’m delighted we’re going there (1st of April). Not quite Kerry but tis not as far as going to Tipperary (where we will be on the 31st of this month).”
About Maria Svensson
Maria Svensson is originally from Sweden, she has worked as an independent dance artist for a number of years and with companies such as Being Small Dance (UK), Daghdha Mentoring Program (IE) and Dans i Värmland (SE). She recently started her own company Rooted Being and was dance artist in residence with Kerry County Council 2014-2015. She has worked in collaboration with Echo Echo in various capacities since April 2015 when she first undertook a residency at their studios in Derry. Later that year she presented her solo The Importance of Shepherds as part of the Echo Echo International Festival. In 2015 and 2016 members of the Echo Echo Ensemble also presented solo work at the Going Solo Festival in Sweden of which Maria is the curator.
Maria is currently performing in The Cove which is showing at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles on Friday 31st March; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick on Saturday 1st April; and Project Arts Centre, Dublin on Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April.