"Dance artist Maria Nurmela's solo piece Closer to the Wild Heart creates an impressive and engaging experience through the arts of contemporary dance, sound and light design. The piece is elegant and abstract, subtle and poetic, and also profoundly corporal. The performance is described as a 'portrait of a woman between reality and fiction'. Indeed, here contemporary dance is not seen as mere aesthetic expression, but as corporal intensity and as an effect turning into reality.
Kalle Ropponen uses light to sculpt a stunning figure of the performer and Jaakko Vastapuu's magnificent sound design constructs a subtle narrative framework through a dynamic interplay of rhythm and silence, gramophone sounds, electronic and classical music. The crew's work is based on the idea of sustainability through minimizing consumption. The stripped-down production gives rise to an artistically brilliant work.
Nurmela is a versatile dancer-choreographer and movement teacher with an impressive national and international career. Her technical skills, expressive force and charisma are unquestionably in a league of their own." ("Into the essence of liberating movement", written by Mia Hannula, published in Turun Sanomat on Sep 17th, 2016)
” Maria Nurmela dances with her full senses and tuning with her surroungings in those partially unexpected situation. Fascinating encounters and dialogue happen between her and people passing by. What a brilliant artistic sensitivity she has. ” (The city of people by FREE collective&Anniina Kumpuniemi. Mia Hannula. Turun Sanomat 2015)
” Nurmela´s choreography for Passion, is a must ” (Passion - love according G.H.Kolmas Tila. Jouko Grönholm.Teatteri ja Tanssi 3/2015)
” Each dancer was a jewel, but I was especially taken with Maria Nurmela’s melting quality in Wavelengths.” (Wavelenghts by Tero Saarinen Company at the John F. Kennedy Center. Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post 2013)
”..Maria Nurmela also stood out with her bizarre mix of sad and manic expressionism coupled with a soft, adagio movement quality.” (Next of Kin Tero Saarinen Company 2008. Graham Watts, Ballet. Co)
Mia Hannula´s critique in Turun Sanomat by the shared Solo evening with German choreographer Urs Dietrich at Manifesti Factory Festival, September 16th 2016, in Turku.
Mia Hannulas critique in Turun Sanomat of Sarastuksia (Dawnings) at the Wäinö Aaltosen Museum of Art, 25.2.-5.3. 2017 in Turku
Annina Karhu´s critique in Turun Sanomat by Third Space - 3 T Theatres play Passion - love according G.H. Premier in Vanha Viinatehdas April 2015.
Tero Saarinen Company at the NordicCOOL - festival. Maria´s a striking critique by Sarah Kaufman in te Washington Post. March 2013.