PREMIERE´25 new choreographers are Maria Solei Järvet and KOOSSEIS

PREMIERE is the most important platform for introducing new choreographers of the Estonian contemporary dance scene, offering support to newcomers in presenting their first dance performance. 10 creative individuals and groups applied for the 2025 application round, from which Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava selected choreographer Maria Solei Järvet and the group of dance artists KOOSSEIS  as the PREMIERE´25 artists.


Regarding the selection, the team of STL (Triinu Aron, Kärt Kelder, Sirli Oot and Annika Ader) considered the modern approach in dance art, relevancy of the themes and artistic ambition to be important. “The 2025 application round was very strong. Several choreographers with well-thought-out ideas applied to the platform. The ambition and strong conceptual thinking of the new artists entering the dance field shows the continued strength of the field. It makes me happy that those choreographers who applied to PREMIERE and who have received their dance education abroad see themselves working in Estonia,” comments Triinu Aron, head of STL.


Maria Solei Järvet sees dance as an opportunity for expression, through which to talk about important topics. “At the moment, I am focusing on the phenomenon of aging and the passage of time in my work, which is inspired by a deeper introspection towards the dancer’s life, age and career,” explains the young choreographer. Maria Solei Järvet graduated from the Copenhagen School of Contemporary Dance in 2023, majoring in dance. At the moment, she works as a freelancer both in Estonia and abroad, cooperating with various international groups and institutions.

From the left: Maria Solei Järvet (foto: Rostyk Slivinskyi) and KOOSSEIS (Eveli Ojasaar, Roosmarii Sarapuu, Eva Metspalu, Elina Ojasaar, Mariann Onkel – foto: Paul Henrich Daude)


KOOSSEIS is a creative group of five young dance artists, which includes Tallinn University choreography graduates Eveli Ojasaar, Roosmarii Sarapuu, Eva Metspalu, Elina Ojasaar, Mariann Onkel. “We are motivated by self-irony and social criticism, in the spirit of which we create characters and a mystical and tragicomic atmosphere in our performances. Absurdity and dance definitely have their place in KOOSSEIS’s work, which is reflected in our physique, movement and created visuals,” says Eveli Ojasaar.

In addition to on-site support, this year’s PREMIERE preparation period also includes an international residency in the Kutomo Contemporary Art Center in Turku, Finland, where dance artists can test their ideas and show them to the Finnish audience in a short format.

PREMIERE´25 new performances will premiere in February 2025.

PREMIERE is a series that, for the 14th time in 2025, offers a professional platform for choreographers to create their first performance based on movement. In the past, well-known dance artists such as Sveta Grigorjeva, Joanna Kalm, Üüve-Lydia Toompere, Karl Saks, Arolin Raudva, Sigrid Savi, Siim Tõniste, etc. have made their debuts in the PREMIERE series.


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