Maresa von Stockert is a choreographer, filmmaker and visual artist. She creates playfully thought-provoking performances, films and installations for galleries, theatres and festivals, deconstructing national, generational and art-form boundaries.
Since 2002, von Stockert has created many acclaimed works for the stage, outdoors and site-specifically, touring nationally and internationally. Rooted in contemporary dance, she crosses art-form boundaries combining movement and visual art, film, object manipulation, sound and text. Von Stockert closely collaborates with intergenerational and diverse groups of performers and participants. “Her work captures the Zeitgeist, interrogates contemporary issues that have current resonance. Yet she also touches upon universal feelings that are not bound by time and place in her own interpretation of what makes us human.” Professor David Steele *
Von Stockert has a track record of international partnerships and cultural exchange. She has been researching, creating and touring work supported by many international and UK partners. Most notably in Europe : IN SITU, PASS, ZEPA. In France : Atelier 231, Centre National des Arts de la Rue (CNAR), Sotteville-les-Rouen; La Brèche, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque, Cherbourg; Le Citron Jaune, CNAR, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône; Le Fourneau, CNAR, Brest. In the UK: 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury; Crying Out Loud, London; DanceEast, Ipswich; The Place, London; Seachange Arts, Great Yarmouth; Southbank Centre, London; and the Without Walls Consortium.
Von Stockert founded the contemporary dance company Tilted Productions in 2002. Under her artistic direction the company became a UK National Portfolio Organisation from 2012 – 2018. Subsequently, she conducted a period of intensive research funded by Arts Council England in 2018/19. In 2020, the company started operating in the artist’s own name reflecting the continuous evolution of her artistic practice paired with a broadening reach that includes the visual arts and film. Most recently, following her wish to work and live in the EU, von Stockert moved her personal and professional life from the UK to France. Since July 2022, she is artistic director of Experiment 49 (in French: Expérience 49).
Von Stockert is currently working on a new project that merges dance, short films and installations to be presented in galleries and unusual performance spaces in 2023/24 – see current work. Her previous stage, outdoor and site-specific pieces are archived under past works.
“Maresa von Stockert has a choreographic sensibility that’s all her own, a mix of intellectual and sensory scrupulousness that makes her work strikingly original.” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
* Professor David Steele’s quote is from an article about von Stockert’s work in the 3rd Edition of ‘Fifty Contemporary Choreographers’ edited by Professor Jo Butterworth and Lorna Sanders. The book, internationally published by Routledge, was released on 23rd December 2020.
Photo credits left to right: Merlin Hendy, David Morris, Roger Turley, Merlin Hendy
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