Mari Carrasco is a Stockholm based dancer/choreographer from Sweden/Chile. She graduated from Balettakademien Stockholm in 2008 and later continued her training at Dance New Amsterdam in New York. Mari got her breakthrough as a choreographer with the piece BARTOLOMEO. Together with her dancers; Elin Hallgren, Rita Lemivaara and Bianca Traum, she travelled the world and performed the piece in Tokyo, Okinawa, New York, Ramallah, Amman, Madrid, Capri, Helsinki and Kigali. The piece also won Prix d´Assitej 2013 and together with Riksteatern they did over 100 performances in Sweden.
Mari has done commission work for Norrdans, Riksteatern, Dansstationen, Unga Klara and the Black Box Company. She has worked with dancers, musicians and actors and created for children, youth and adults and made work for both intimate spaces as well as for larger scale theaters. During the fall 2017 Mari collaborated with director Gustav Deinoff and choreographed the critically acclaimed SOM MAN SÅR at Unga Klara.
Alongside her choreographic work Mari has been teaching professionals and dance students all over Sweden. She has been a quest teacher at Balettakademien in Göteborg and Stockholm, DOCH School of Dance and Circus, Cullbergbaletten, and has been an ongoing guest teacher for the daily training for professional dancers at Danscentrum in Göteborg, Umeå, Malmö and Stockholm.
"In my class, my aim is to work with a thinking and a physical body. We work with different movement qualities through improvisation and phrases. We start the class slow to speed it up with more intensity along the way. We do a lot of running, shaking and grooving. My focus is to play and research together with the dancers and the aim is to connect to the pleasure of moving."