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Choreographer, dancer and founder of Trànsit Dansa and National Dance Award (1998).

As a choreographer, she has worked in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, The United States, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay and Venezuela. She has also collaborated in both national and international companies and productions, she has promoted dancers and companies exchange projects, and finally, she has been guest teacher in conservatories and ballets worldwide.



Rovira begins her dance studies in Institut del Teatre and Ramon Soler’s Dance School in Barcelona. It is there where she meets Gerard Collins, who introduces her to contemporary dance and helps her to be part of CID (Centre Internacional de la Danse de Paris). Once in France, she continues her career at the Peter Goos Studio and Centre Americain de Danse de Paris, where she has the opportunity to work and study with choreographers such as Carolyne Carlson, Viola Faber, Douglas Dann, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Marta Graham, Carla Maxwell among others. In addition, she deepens her studies at the La Maison de la Danse de Lyon, specifically with Hans Zülling, L. Hoving and Jean Cebron, who come from the Folwang Shule in Essen, city and main base of Pina Bausch.

In 1984, she studies at the Merce Cunningham Dance School in New York, happening to meet with teachers such as Paul Doun, Paul Taylor, Eiko&Koma and José Limón.

She complements her formation with the Degree in Ballet Dance at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, where she obtains a honors degree in that discipline and also a degree in musical studies.







In 1985 she creates, as a dancer and choreographer, Trànsit Dansa in Mataró. With the aim of establish a resident company in her natal city, Mataró (Barcelona), to project dance and her creations in an international level. Trànsit was one of the first resident companies in the country, that also developed Mataró’s Municipal Dance School throughout 6 years with the creation of their own space Can Gasol.

It was there where she installed the base of the company and it became an exchange platform with other European companies.

Trànsit Dansa created more than 25 works that have been seen in many Spanish, European and worldwide cities. Among them: Novembre (1985), Òpera (1986, directed by Sergi Belbel), Bienvenidas (1987, written by Sanchis Sinisterra, Sala Becket of Barcelona and latin-american tour), Hopera (1988, directed by Jordi Puntí, Teatre Condal), Trastorn (1989), Entre asesinos (1990), El pols de l’àngel (1992), Bienvenidas (1993), El joc (1993, National Prize Ricardo Moragas), El punt de la memòria (1994), Escape (1995), Mandala (1998), Rugged lines (1999), Petites peces (2000), Occupations (2003) o Trans 20 (2005, as a commemoration of the 20 years of the company).

In 1998 Rovira gets awarded with the National Dance Prize because of her career path in the dance world.

Rovira gets herself established in Barcelona and creates, along other choreographers, the space La Caldera, base of the company during some years. Later, she was invited to have her company’s base at the L’Hospitalet de Llobregat theatre (Barcelona) to also program international companies.

After being in Latin America and the USA, Maria Rovira comes back to Mataró to begin the training at the Aula de Teatre Municipal (2003) as a director. Two years later, it’s agreed and signed that Trànsit Dansa becomes Mataró’s resident company. It was during that time where she created big productions like:

La muralla (2006, Festival Dies de Dansa, Mataró), Les Bacants (2007, Vinseum, Vilafranca del Penedés), Fossar xic (2007, Festival Dies de Dansa, Mataró), El salt de Nijinsky (2007, Mercat de les Flors, Festival Grec, Barcelona), Les dones de Shakespeare (2008, Festival Shakespeare, Mataró), Comencem pels desitjos (2008, Nit de la Solidaritat, Mataró), Gossos de ciutat (2008, Les Santes, Mataró), Désir (2009, SAT!teatre, Barcelona), Somorrostro (2011), Evangelium (2010), De Carmen (2012), Sommus Greco (2014, directed by Liuba Cid) to commemorate the Greco Year (Toledo).



Apart from the creation of Trànsit Dansa, Rovira combines her career as a choreographer in many international companies.

She participates during many years at the American Dance Festival as an International Resident Choreographer and at the International Choreographer Commissioning Program, where she becomes part of the teacher’s commission in 1998.

In addition, she premieres No Man’s Land at the Joyce Theatre, which brought her to work with the Ballet Hispánico de Nueva York, with which she will premiere Poema Infinito, Alè y Olé Garai‒ at the New Victory Theatre.

Maria Rovira gets invited in many occasions by Alicia Alonso at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, who requested she choreographed Extravío, Escape (recognized choreography in the Gran Libro de Honor del Teatro de La Habana) and Tierra y Luna (1998, to celebrate the 50th aniversary of Ballet Nacional de Cuba), which became in one of the most danced pieces by the company in all its international tours. In 2008, the Ballet Nacional de Uruguay performed it at the Gran Teatro Solís de Montevideo and after it is performed by the Ballet Metropolitano de Buenos Aires, within the Festival de Cali (Colombia).

She has also worked for Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, Los del Medium company of Costa Rica, Ballet Nacional de Paraguay, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Ballet de Antioquia (Colombia), Compañía Maximiliano Guerra of Argentina, the Bauhaus, Ballet de la Ópera de Dessau and the Magdeburg Ballet in Germany.

In 2012 she becomes the artistic director of Ballet Folklórico de Antioquía de Medellín (Colombia), with the task of  transforming the folklore dance company into contemporary dance. During her stay there, she premiered two shows that had a big impact: Naciste vós and Skená-Etnies, premiered at the Bienal de Cali.

During the last years, Rovira has created multiple choreographies for Carlos Acosta’s company, including getting to choreograph his own film, Yuli, directed by Iciar Bollaín and nominated at the Festival de San Sebastián. Also, alongside Acosta Danza and Maria’s new Barcelona dancers, she was asked to create a piece for the Festival Grec 2017, which was a big succes and was attributed with the best dance review of 2017.

At the moment, she is working for the creation of her new company, Crea Dance Company. This year 2018, she has premiered her own version of Carmina Burana with more tan 150 artists on stage, including Cor Antic de Barcelona and Cor de Terrassa choirs, live music and 12 international dancers.



Exchange projects

Festival de Nouvelle Danse et Technologies. Exchange program between Montreal and Barcelona. Spanish embassy in Quebec.

Sent by the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura to give workshops and conferenses in Equador, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Venezuela.

American Dance Festival. Exchanges with China, Japan, Corea, Thailand, Australia, Latin America and Europe.

Festival de La Habana. Through the Ballet Clásico de Cuba, she obtains contacts in the artistic, management and production fields within the ballet world of Latin America, USA and Europe.


Choreographic Competitions Jury

Premio de Coreografía de Danza de los Países del Cono Sur. Paraguay.

Certamen de Jóvenes Coreógrafos. Caracas (Venezuela).

Concurso Nacional de la Federación Francesa de Danza. Francia.

Certamen Coreográfico Iberoamericano SGAE. Cuba.

Concurso de Danza Moderna Ciudad de México. México.

Premio Coreográfico de Granada.

Concurso de Danza de Armenia (Colombia).

Festival de Joropo de Colombia.


Guest choreographer

Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

Ballet Hispánico de Nueva York.

Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas.

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.

Ballet Nacional del Sodre (Uruguay)

Compañía Nacional de Danza de Paraguay.

Compañía Nacional de Danza Moderna de Cuba.

Ópera de Dessau.

American Dance Festival.

Festival de Danza de Nueva Delhi, India.

Festival de Manizales de la Bienal de Cali (Colombia)

Conservatorio de Danza de Granada.




Guest teacher

Rovira has given courses and seminaries about technique, artistic direction and dance history.

  • In Spain

Universidad Autonóma de Barcelona.

Aula de Teatro y Danza de Mataró.

Jornadas de Danza de Olot.

Centro de Cultura Contemporánea. Galicia.

Centro de Danza de la Asociación de Profesionales de la Danza de Madrid.

Conservatorio de Danza de Madrid.

Conservatorio de Danza de Sevilla (CAD)

Conservatorio de Danza de Granada.

Conservatorio de Danza de Almería.


  • In Europe

Fédération de la Danse Française. Francia.

Encontres Internationelles de Danse de Bourges. Francia.

Encontres Internationelles de Danse de Lyon. Francia.

Frankfurt International Danse. Alemania.

Festival de Danza de Colonia. Alemania.

Jornadas de Danza en la Bauhaus (Alemania).


  • In the USA

American Dance Festival. North Carolina.

Dance Space. New York.

Conservatorio del Ballet Hispánico de Nueva York.

Hollins College. Virginia.


  • In Latin America

Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

Compañía Danza Abierta de Cuba.

Compañía Nacional de Danza Moderna de Cuba.

Conservatorio de Danza Nacional del Paraguay.

Instituto Universitario de Danza de Caracas. Venezuela.

Jornadas de Danza Iberoamericanas. Ecuador.

Ballet Metropolitano de Argentina.

Compañía Maximiliano Guerra (Argentina).

Centro Cultural Español in Uruguay and República Dominicana.


  • Premio Oscar López (1986).
  • Premio de danza Tórtola Valencia (1987).
  • Gran Premio del Teatro de La Habana (1994), for the solo Escape.
  • Premio Nacional de Danza (1998).
  • Premio Butaca por El salt de Nijinsky (2007)




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