Maria Kefirova is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Parallel to her work as a performer, she develops an artistic practice combining dance, theatre, performance and video. The main focus in her work is the correlation between internal and external realities, as well as the body’s role as an interface between the two, which is at the heart of many of her works (The Nutcracker – 2014, Corps. Relations – 2010, Gold Meat – 2010, Manufacturing Tears – 2009). Through choreography she builds physical spaces for movement of attention, thought and energy (Distance – 2016, The Paradise – 2015 and Why are dogs successful on stage? – 2012). Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe and Mexico. Maria graduated from DasArts Amsterdam, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation in 2012. She teaches workshops and expands her own choreographic practice through collaborations with other artist (Miguel Melgarez, Jean-Francois Laporte, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Katie Ward, k.g.Guttman, Paul Chambers and Sameena Sitbakhan).