Maria Metsalu

Maria Metsalu is an Estonian choreographer and artist. She is creating visual performative works that regardless of the chosen medium place her own body in the epicentre. She views performative experiences and performing deviance as possibilities through which one may reflect upon the state of things and become inspired to act, formats through which collective memory could be created. Her work seeks to advance ambiguities, to proliferate meanings rather than systematise them into a clarity. She views performance as a radical space, capable of creating new meanings, new ways of looking and seeing.
Besides her solo work she is one of the founding members of international art collective Young boy dancing group.


During the residency and as a part of my recent project “ The Well”, I will be working on creating a book together with Jaakko Pallasvuo (FI).

From the beginning of 2021 I have been having writing sessions together with Jaakko Pallasvuo. A selection of these texts are currently being used in the performance version of “The Well” (premiere in December 2021 at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn) and as well as a part of a group exhibition together with Jaakko Pallasvuo and Tarvo Porroson (EST) at EKA Gallery, Tallinn. As a next step we are planning a book which could exist both together with the performance as well as autonomously. For this we include the still unused texts from “The Well” and also focus on writing additional material.

Maria Metsalu’s residency is realised with support from the Nordic Culture Point.