Vanessa Maria Mirza is a dancer, choreographer , curator and visual artist based in Kolkata, India. Her recent choreographic works include ‘Dream Realms’, ‘Somebody’ and ‘Stronger’. Her choreography has been performed in Taiwan and India. Her work ‘Somebody’ was shortlisted for the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards (PECDA) 2018. She is presently collaborating with UK based theatre artist Imogen Butler-Cole for a new physical theatre production as part of the Ind-European Residency in Kolkata supported by the British Council and CIMA Gallery.
She has trained at Taipei National University of the Arts in the Master of Fine Arts (Choreography) program between 2008-2010 and 2011-2013. Her dance training includes studies in modern dance, ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, contact improvisation, tai chi, flamenco, martial arts and Balinese dance. She has worked closely with international choreographers: Ming Lung Yang (USA/Taiwan), Hsiao Mei Ho (Taiwan) and Graeme Collins (Australia). Additionally she has attended masterclasses at London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place, UK), Tanzfabrik Berlin (Germany), Hong Kong Dance Festival, Taipeidea Festival (Taipei, Taiwan) & CNDC (Angers, France).
Since 2004, she has taught and choreographed for a number of concerts and dance events for Buoyant Performing Arts, Connecting Arts Project, Unicorn Street Arts Festival, Rhythmosaic Dance Institute, La Martinere for Girl’s School, Modern High School for Girls’, Don Bosco School (Park Circus), Assembly of God Church, Charisma House, Pailan World School, Park English School & Calcutta Girl’s School. She has taught workshops at The Doodle Room, Calcutta School of Music, St. Xavier’s College, Loretto College, The Creative Arts (TCA), Project Rescue and Stars Welfare Society. She has worked with Rhythmosaic Dance Company as Faculty for Choreography Studies for their one year certificate course program from 2013-2017.