Marit-Shirin is a professional dancer and choreographer with indigenous roots from Sápmi (Hotagen, South Sámi) in Sweden and from Kurdistan, Iraq. She is currently based in the northern part of Sweden where she is working as a company dancer, and as a choreographer and project leader for her artistic project, Humans & Soil.
She has a Bachelor in Dance Performance from Stockholm University of the Arts (2015), and has studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts Contemporary Dance Programme in Reykjavík prior.
After her studies she moved to Brussels, Belgium where she took dance workshops, collaborated with Artist Commons, Benjamin Vandewalle and networking with professional dance artists. Since then she has worked professionally with dance in Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Japan, Finland, Belgium and Spain.
Her artistic practices are strongly influenced by her cultural background, inspiring her to use activism in art to spread information on current discourses in cultural politics, especially directed toward indigenous studies. She also enjoys teaching young and elder people interested in movement, and is working toward creating a artistic platform in rural part of Jämtland, where she wants to contribute with cultural development in her home region.
She is working between Sweden – Central-Europe and Japan with teaching professional contemporary dance workshops, as a choreographer and as a member of the upcoming Sámi Dance Company Daanhtsome Raajroe/Dansrajden led by Ola Stinnerbom.
She has previously worked with Mute Comp Physical Theatre Company in Copenhagen, Duende Physical Theatre in Greece, Jefta Van Dinther and Cristian Duarte with DOCH in Stockholm City Theatre, Emanuel Gat, internship/intensive workshops with Helsinki Dance Company, David Zambrano, Rootless Root, Lucas Condro, Roberto Olivan, Tony Vezich, and more.
She is also working as a dancer in the production“Mu nimi on Xiaodie but you can call me baby” by Indrek Kornel, premiered in October 2019 in Estonia.
Aside from her dancing, she is also working as a filmmaker, producing dance-oriented films and documentaries. Her short-film ‘IN BETWEEN’ was screened in Bailar Apantalla Dance Film Festival in Mexico 2018, Project V in Denmark, and was received an article and interview in Women Cinemakers Magazine, Berlin Biennale 2018.