Maria Hassabi (US): By Way Of Images

30.09.2012 - 30.10.2012
for performers with stage experiences

Maria Hassabi: By Way of Images (workshop) foto / photo by: Nada Žgank


In this workshop we will explore everyday mannerisms and tasks. Beginning with a simple warm up, we will focus our attention on the body and the representations it creates in space. By suspending movements in time, and viewing them as images, each individual will gather material to work with. In order to find a deeper way of being in our bodies and go beyond initial pre-conceived interpretations, we will incorporate the body’s breath, its weight, the noise it creates, the muscular strain, tension in extended duration. These will be our tools to push physical limits as a way to find the body moving beyond its representations, allowing it to be alive and evolving.


Maria Hassabi is a director/choreographer/performer. Her works are filled with iconic images that put forth—then move beyond—their initial connotations. With aesthetic precision, extreme physicality and extended duration she creates live installations that push limits of live performance.

Over the past decade Maria Hassabi has created seven evening-long works: LIGHTS (2001), Dead is Dead (2004), Still Smoking (2006), GLORIA (2007), Solo, (2009), SoloShow (2009) and Robert and Maria (2010) as well as seven short-form pieces. Her works have been presented at venues such as Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Danspace Project, CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College, Ballroom Marfa, in Texas, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, TBA festival, Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Kaaitheater Brussels, deSingel Antwerp, ImPulsTanz Vienna, In-Presentable Festival Madrid, TSEH-Springdance/Dialogue Moscow, Musée Géo Charles in Grenoble, France, and European festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal.  In 2009, her works were also included in Crossing the Line, the fall festival of the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and the Visual Art Performance Biennial, Performa 09.

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Maria Hassabi moved to the United States in 1990 to study at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where she received a BFA in Performance and Choreography. In 1994, she relocated to New York City and continued her studies in various "release" techniques and The Alexander Technique. Throughout her career she has had ongoing collaborations with renowned artists from various disciplines. She was a member of Chamecki/Lerner Dance Company from 1998-2005 and has performed with several contemporary choreographers in New York.

Maria Hassabi has been an Artist-in-Residence at Arizona State University, at LEXDance Under the Radar Residency Program, ImPulsTanz, Vienna, Austria, DANSLAB, Den Haag, Netherlands, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium and has had several creative residencies at Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France. Her work has received funding from the National Performance Network Creation Fund, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the LMCC, Foundation 2021, the Jerome Foundation and the 2011 MAP Fund.   She is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2009 Grants to Artists Award and is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography.

Maria Hassabi lives and works in NYC.



30.09. - 06.10.2012; 10am – 3pm daily in Dance Theater Ljubljana, SI
06.10.2012 at 9pm – public presentation of the workshop in Dance Theater Ljubljana, SI


The workshop is open for performers, dancers and people with stage experience, not necessarily only with dance background.
All interested parties are asked to submit upon application a brief description of their motivation for participating in the workshop and short description of their work activities. Number of participants is limited.
Application criteria is regular attendance on all days of the workshop and a readiness to participate in the public presentation on 6th October 2012 at 9pm in Dance Theater Ljubljana.

Please, email applications and additional information by September 25th, to 


The fee for 7 days workshop is 30 €. 


Organisation: EMANAT Institute
in collaboration with Dance Theater Ljubljana and City of Women
Financially supported by Municipality of Ljubljana - Department for Culture
This project is funded, in part, by The Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts as part of the East/Central Europe Cultural Partnerships Program, with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. 

Intervju za festival Mesto žensk, 02.10.2012
SoloShow Marie Hassabi, MMC RTV SLO, 08.10.2012
Workshop Maria Hassabi: By Way of Images, Ljubljana, Dancing Oportunities, Mihaela Griveva, 18.08.2012
Maria Hassabi: By Way of Images, Workshop, A Space for Live Art 

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