Maria Braender is a Danish performance maker (performer/director) currently based in Copenhagen. She recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA Honours of the first class in Contemporary Performance Practice. Maria enjoys entanglements of art forms and means of expression and therefore aims for artistic processes to be exploratory and interdisciplinary. She has a strong interest in ecocriticism and for that reason her work is often informed by research of human/non-human relationships. Maria seeks out to work together with widespread fields of practitioners which recently led her to collaborate with Radix Theatre, in Canada. In 2018, Maria’s cross-artform project Telling the Bees was selected by Cryptic Theatre to be presented as part of the Cryptic Nights´ Programme, at CCA's Theatre, in Glasgow. Presently, Maria is excited to be part of the Copenhagen-based research group Sounding Bodies (SOBO) exploring resonance in and between bodies. SOBO draws from the fields of acoustic ecology, perceptual studies, practices in improvisation and healing. Other artists and companies Maria has collaborated with/performed for include: Anna Katrin Egilstrød,  Ines Bento Coelho, Hello!Earth, Hotel Pro Forma, Jens Galschiøt, Katrine Faber, Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, Laura Thompson, Lea Porsager, Lost in Sounds, Nic Green, Stine Ruine and Suns of Satan.


Curriculum Vitae



2013 - 2017     BA Honours of the first class, Contemporary Performance Practice, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK

2011 - 2012      Training Programme in Stage Art, Move and Act School of Stage, Denmark

2003 - 2008   Diploma in Drama and Media Education, Independent Academy of Free School Teaching, Denmark

2001- 2002     Filmmaking Diploma, European Film College, Denmark

2000-2001     Training Course in Performance, The Copenhagen Film & Theatre School



Cryptic Nights, 2018

Developing Artistic Entrepreneurship/Edinburgh International Festival, 2017 

The Millar Award, 2017 (Shortlist)

Three-year scholarship from the Scotland Trust, 2014 - 2017



2014 - 2017    (Nadine George Voice Technique) Melanie Drake

2010 - 2013    (Performance) Lars Simonsen and Klaus T. Søndergaard, Odense Theatre, Denmark

2004 - 2009 (Roy Hart Voice Technique), Katrine Faber, Denmark

2002              (Performance) Sarah Boberg, Denmark


Selected past and upcoming performances/projects

2018 -19         SOUNDING BODIES, research project, Copenhagen, DK

                      Telling the Bees, performance, CCA Glasgow, UK

2017               Fragile Systems, 10 channel sound installation, Hotel Pro Forma, DK

                      Telling the Bees, unplugged performance, Sorte Firkant, DK

                       In Parallel, installation lounge, Hotel Pro Forma, DK

                       If in doubt, don't, site specific performance, Glasgow, UK

                       Night Walk, performance (in collaboration with Radix Theatre), Vancouver, Canada

                       Telling the Bees, performance, Into the New festival, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, UK

2016               Encomium, durational performance installation, RCS (Chandler Theatre), Glasgow, UK

                       Whereabouts you are, exhibition (choreographic actions by Ines Bento Coelho), Reid Gallery, Glasgow, UK

                       Little Beast, video, Glasgow, UK

                       Mirror Me - Mirror You, performance installation (in collaboration with Thulani Rachia), The Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK

2015               Art Cop, event (in collaboration with Nic Green), Glasgow, UK

                       All Ears, solo performance, RCS (Speirs Lock), Glasgow, UK

                       Passage, video phonic experiment, Baird Brae, UK

                       WAITING FOR THE SUN TO RISE, performance, RCS (Chandler Theatre), Glasgow, UK

                      The in here, the out there (a voice of silver), performance (in collaboration with Christopher Cameron), RCS, Glasgow, UK

                       Wasteland, process drama (in collaboration with Thulani Rachia), RCS, Glasgow, UK

                       Failure, choreography piece, Room to Share festival, Glasgow, UK

2014               Shift, process drama, Oakwood Primary School, Glasgow, UK

                       Persona Performance, RCS, Glasgow, UK

                      Joy and Horror, durational performance, RCS, Glasgow, UK

2013               Hamlet, video experiment, Abernathy/Vejlefjord, UK/Denmark

                       MAN! performance (in collaboration with Anna Katrin Egilstrød, David B. Earle, Verner Johnsen), Denmark/UK

2012               Presentation Show, Godsbanen, Denmark

2011                Ageing is pink, solo performance, Sorø, Denmark

2010               Richard III, solo performance, Fredrikstad, Norway

2009              Family Affairs, performance (in collaboration with Claus Otto), Denmark

2007              Persefone, solo performance, Moesgaard Festival, Denmark

2006              Ringkøbing Fjord, performance (in collaboration with Teatret Ios), International Theatre festival, Denmark

2005              Last Tango, performance, Dynamo-Kunstakademiet (Dir.: Lea Porsager), Denmark

2004              I Mellemtiden, performance, Ollerup, Denmark

2003              Alien Reflections, video (Dir.: Maria Coveou), Rotterdam Festival, Holland