Maria Kolegova started her dance career in a ballet school at age 5. Later she was educated as a contemporary dancer at the School of Contemporay Dance with the support of Centre of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation). During her studies she discovered different techniques of dance, martial arts, yoga etc. In 2004, Maria had the chance to perform a solo made by L. Aleksandrova in Seoul (South Korea) on the competition of contemporary dancers where she became gold medalist. From 2007 until 2012, after graduating from the Theatrical Academy, she was part of the Russian Chamber Ballet ‘Moskva’ (Moscow). During these years she collaborated with choreographers such as Martin Forsberg, Andrea Boll, Regis Obadia, Paul Selwyn Norton and Nikita Dmitrievsky.
Since 2012 Maria has been working with choreographer, filmmaker and photographer Wim Vandekeybus. As a member of his dance company Ultima Vez, she has danced in following pieces:
What the body does not remember 2013
NewBlack (replacement) 2012
Speak low if you speak love 2015
Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour 2017
Go figure out yourself 2018
Hands do not touch your precious Me 2020
Besides, she is involved with numeral pedagogical activities through movement. She teaches workshops, company classes and assists in multiple creations and training programs across Europe and Russia.
Foto: Danny Willems