Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is a New York-based artist and choreographer. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the image, defined by sculptural physicality and extended duration. Her works draw their strength from the tension between the human subject and the artistic object, the dancer as a performer and as a physical entity.

Her works include STAGING (2017); STAGED? (2016); PLASTIC (2015-16); PREMIERE (2013); INTERMISSION (2013); Counter-Relief (2013); SHOW (2011); Robert and Maria (2019); SoloShow (2009); Solo (2009); GLORIA (2007); Still Smoking (2006); Dead is Dead (2004); LIGHTS (2001). She has also created several short-form pieces, installations including A Dance without Dance (2015); PLASTIC (2015); CHANDELIERS (2012), and a short film, The Ladies (2012).

Hassabi’s performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, festivals, museums, galleries and public-spaces. In the US in venues such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Museum of Modern Art (New York); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); The Kitchen (New York); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago); CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College (Hudson, NY); Danspace Project (NY); PS122 (NY); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA Festival (Oregon); Ballroom Marfa (Texas); Dance Theater Workshop (NY); PS1 MoMA (NY); and have been included in festivals such as Performa ’09 and 13’; Fi:af’s Crossing the Line Festival in 2009, 2011, 2016 and LMCC’s River to River Festival in 2012, 2014, 2017.

Internationally at venues such as Stegi OCC (Athens, Greece); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Art Sonje Center (Seoul, South Korea); Het Veem Theater (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Australian Center for Contemporary Art (Melbourne, Australia); CentrePasaquArt (Biel, Switzerland); Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva (Switzerland); Middleheim Museum (Antwerp, Belgium), Beit Hair Center for Urban Culture (Tel Aviv, Israel); Museo Soumaya (Mexico City); Frascati Theater (Amsterdam, Netherlands); deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium); Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium).

Hassabi’s work has also been featured in international festivals and exhibitions such as FIAC (Paris, France); DESTE Art Prize (Athens, Greece); BONE 17 (Bern, Switzerland); “Soft City” at Kunsthall Oslo (Oslo, Norway); Le Mouvement: The City Performed (Biel, Switzerland); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), XING (Bologna, Italy), NEAT Festival (Nottingham, UK); Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg, Sweden); Volcano Extravaganza 2013 (Stromboli, Italy); Dance4 (Nottingham, UK); Performatik Festival (Brussels, Belgium); Vienna Art Fair (Austria); Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Festival Contemporãneo de Danca (São Paulo, Brazil); City of Women Festival (Ljublana, Slovenia); Springdance Festival (Utrecht, Netherlands); ImPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tanz im August (Berlin, Germany); In-Presentable Festival (Madrid, Spain), TSEH- Springdance/Dialogue (Moscow, Russia), and festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal.

Maria Hassabi has received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production for PLASTIC; the 2015 Herb Alpert Award; the 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; and a 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2013 she represented Cyprus as part of The Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.