Mari Carrasco is a Stockholm based dancer and choreographer from Sweden/Chile. Carrasco graduated from Balettakademien Stockholm in 2008 and has studied at Stockholm University of the Arts and at The International Visa Program - Dance New Amsterdam in New York.
Carrasco started to create work during her education and have been producing her own independent work from 2009. Since then Mari Carrasco has established herself as a well renowned choreographer in Sweden. She got her breakthrough as a choreographer with her piece BARTOLOMEO. The performance toured with RIKSTEATERN and it was performed over a hundred times in Sweden. In 2014 Carrasco produced a successful world tour with the same piece performing at festivals in; New York, Tokyo, Okinawa, Amman, Ramallah, Capri, Madrid, Vilnius, Roskilde, Chur, Belfast and Helsinki. BARTOLOMEO also won the PRIX D'ASSITEJ 2013.
Mari Carrasco has created commission work internationally and in Sweden for: SKÅNES DANSTEATER, REGION TEATER VÄST, STHLM 59 NORTH/The Royal Swedish Ballet, NORRDANS, RIKSTEATERN, DANSSTATIONEN, UNGA KLARA, HOLSTEBRO DANSEKOMPAGNI and VERVE LEEDS UK.
During the last two years Carrasco has been exploring a practice based on groove, flow and becoming the music. In the studio she works collectively with her dancers with a thinking and a physical body. The dancers are given tasks and scores to explore and work from. Key phrases Carrasco uses are; anything can happen, contain the movement and listen to the music. The movement quality often emphasizes on the in-between landscape of imploding and exploding.
Since 2016 Mari Carrasco has collaborated with world renowned composer Mikael Karlsson. Karlsson has created the music for her pieces: BLACK FOREST, PAPER PLANE, INTERNALLY BLACK, THE HEART and REMIND ME IM NOT DEAD. Together with the grand and dynamic music of Karlsson and the piercing movement language of Carrasco they create performances that have a burning quality that makes the room vibrate and the audience to lean forward.
Photo: Thomas Zamolo