Maria Zimpel

Space Gives Place

‘Space Gives Place’,
photo Vera Drebusch

Space Gives Place
‘Space Gives Place’,
photo Vera Drebusch

The creator of many solo and collaborative projects, Maria Zimpel draws on somatics and autobiographical abstraction. She has worked as a dancer with Rosalind Crisp, Isabelle Schad and Kat Valastur. She studied Dance, Choreography and Context at HZT at UdK, as well as Cultural Studies at UAM in Poznań. The recipient of a DanceWEB Scholarship in 2009, she was also part of European Platform AerowavesTwenty16 and the Polish Dance Platform in 2017 with ‘noish~‘. Zimpel was a 2019/2020 choreographer in residence as part of the K3|Tanzplan Hamburg scholarship.


Claudio von Planta
2021, Susch
Hammer Deich Dance Studio (5-month-long studio visit)
2021, Hamburg
Premiere of ‘Space Gives Place’ in K3|Tanzplan Hamburg/KAMPNAGEL
2020, Hamburg
10-month-long Choreographic Residency in K3|Tanzplan Hamburg/KAMPNAGEL
2020, Hamburg
Choreographic residency in DeVir CAPa
2019, Faro
Performance of ‘noish~’ in DNK
2019, Sofia
Short residency and performing ‘noish~’ for the opening of the choreograhic program ‘Aczium Susch’ in Muzeum Susch, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
2019, Susch
Performance of ‘noish~’ at Žižkovská Noc 2018
2018, Prague


‘Body and Fiction’ preselected for the Polish Dance Platform
2019, Warsaw
Performance of ‘noish~’ at Polish Dance Platform
2017, Bytom
Performance of ‘noish~’ at Aerowaves Twenty16
2016, Europe

‘Space Gives Place’


Maria Zimpel


  • Maria Zimpel Choreography, dance
  • Wacław Zimpel Music
  • Dorota Kabała |We design for physical culture Light, costume, props
  • Anna Joniak |Fashion School in Poznań Costumes realised in collaboration with
  • Jana Köster Lighting technical realisation
  • Niklaus Bein Dramaturgy
  • K3|Tanzplan Hamburg Production

Performance synopsis

Choreographic layers emerge from a gravitational field, repeating themselves, revealing geometric grids and forming polyphonic rhythms. Space becomes movement, a wave, a field. Space happens, and we become part of the event. Maria Zimpel’s choreographic research references quantum physics, quantum gravity, and perception in motion. Using modular choreographic systems, she releases physicality to create her own dance language. Can you hear space dancing?

Duration70" Crew *2 Artists1
Premiere 2020-10-16, Hamburg

* cast plus technical support

Promotional details
  • Special thanks: DeVir CAPa, Faro; Contemporary Art Centre CSW/Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Stary Browar Nowy Taniec/ASF by Grażyna Kulczyk in Posen; Aicha Diakite; Elli Pomoni
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