Eva-Maria Schaller is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Vienna where she began her dance training at the Vienna Opera Ballet School. She continued her studies at Codarts Rotterdam and currently completes a Master's degree in New Performative Practices at Stockhom University of the Arts. Her choreographic work and practice are based on thorough engagement within the field of dance-heritage and -history, (un-) archiving and transmission in dance: such as the Solo Vestris 4.0 (2018) in collaboration with cellist Maiken Beer and composer Matthias Kranebitter; as well as Recalling Her Dance – a choreographic encounter with Hanna Berger (2021) which was presented at Tanzquartier Wien and the ImPulsTanz festival. Further works include What we hold inside (2019), Mist & magic (2023) with Soundartist Manuel Riegler, as well as the group piece FEMENINE (2022) together with the music ensemble Studio Dan.
As a dancer, she has worked with choreographers such as Emio Greco|PC and Anouk van Dijk; in Austria she collaborated with Christine Gaigg at ImPulsTanz, Wien Modern, Schauspielhaus Wien, steirischer herbst, and danced with Sabine Glenz in collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic. In 2019 the Jahrbuch Tanz (Berlin) selected her as one of the bearers of hope.
Next to performing and making dances, she teaches Countertechnique and other open practice-based workshops, in various places and also as guest at the MUK (Musik- und Kunstuniversität Wien). In her ongoing dance practice, she explores the connection between dance and voice as a way of poetic moving – a way to challenge notions of musicality, language and expressivity.