Marie-Louise Masreliez

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Marie-Louise Masreliez has established a portfolio of work as an artistic director focusing on new ways of creating narrative within circus, based on devised strategies.

Marie-Louise Masreliez has completed a series of three experimental circuspieces based on her method MPC, Motion Participatory Choreography; HIGHER (2011) What About Charlotte (2009) and Psyccess (2008). Marie-Louise graduated in May 2008 from the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm new formation of circus (3 years leading to BA, former Circus Cirkör/Circus Pilots). She started her circus education in Carampa, Madrid and worked as an artist and pedagogue for a year before she continued studying in Stockholm. She originally trained as a Chinese pole performer and aerialist (catcher in cradle); however she decided to shift her professional focus to developing a portfolio as a circus director and choreographer.

She has been a teacher of improvisation and artistic work at the Cirkus Cirkör Secondary school of circus in Alby, Stockholm, where she has also directed the First year show in February 2009. She is an active member of Clowns without borders in Sweden and has worked in various projects in Jordan (2006) and Lebanon (2007 & 2008). She has also taught circus for special needs children (with Cirkus Cirkör). Marie-Louise worked in the Citytheatre’s play ”Momo” where she was understudy and circus artist. She is a member of the board of the Swedish circus organisation Manegen.

Marie-Louise has a former education in communications and pedagogy in Multimedia Education – Technology 180.0 credits and has experience working as a project manager.

Circus and Performance work

2010.okt-2011.okt "HIGHER" Artistic director/choreographer and producer

2011.aug Residency at La Central del Circ, Barcelona

2011.may Residency at CIRKO, Helsinki

2010.nov Residency at Cirkus Cirkör

2009.nov "Psyccess - What about Charlotte" Artistic director/Choreographer

2009.aug–2009.nov Artistical residency at Danshögskolan/University of Dance

2009.feb ”Phase-jumping”, Director/Choreographer

2008.dec–2009.mar Teacher at Cirkus Cirkör upper secondary school of circus

2008.sep–2008.nov ”Varieté Royale”, Director’s assistant/dramaturg of Johan Wellton

2008.aug ”Psyccess”, Director/Choreographer and producer

2008.jul ”Circuna” Lebanon, teacher and director for Clowns without borders.

2008.apr ”We: implicated, complicated, part I” Choreographer assistant for Ana Sanchez-Colberg in the Vienna stages of the project.

2007.apr ”We: implicated, complicated, part II” Artist. Director: Ana Sanchez-Colberg

2006.sep–2006.dec ”Momo” Artist. Director: Niklas Hjulström

2004–2008 Teacher for Cirkus Cirkör, different courses in circus for children with special needs.


2005.aug–2008.jun University of Dance, circusprogram 180.0 credits

2004.jan– 2004.oct Escuela de Circo Carampa

1997.sep–2000.jun University of Stockholm, Multimedia Education 180.0 credits

1996.sep–1997.jun University of Stockholm, French 60.0 credits

Other work

2009.apr - current Riksteatern, project manager

2005.jun - current Consultant, proprietorship

2002.jun–2003.aug Coop Sverige AB, IT-stab, project manager

2001.may–2002.may Coop Sverige AB, Personal & Kompetens, project manager

2000.mar–2001.apr SamSari Education, project manager.

Adrien Masreliez (Jacques Adrien Masreliez), 1717-1806, was a french ornament sculptor who arrived to Sweden from France in 1754 to participate in the construction of the present Stockholm Castle. He was also a teacher in ornamenting at the academy of art and he has drawn and designed and completed the angels at the altar of the cathedral of Gothenburg.

He was the first person in Sweden with the name Masreliez and thus founded the family with sculptors and artists. His older son Jean Baptiste Masreliez also turned into an ornamentsculptor. His younger son Louis Masreliez was in early ears a talented interior designer.