Maria Focaraccio (1992) studied at the school of Balletto di Toscana, Firenze (IT). She deepened her training by taking part in 2010 in Agora Coaching Project, directed by Michele Merola and Enrico Morelli. Since 2015 she has been living in Berlin, where she works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. In 2017 she has been selected for Smash #10, an intensive training in experimental performance, during which she has the opportunity to work with Alessio Castellacci, Maria F. Scaroni, Anna Novicka and Sonja Pregrad. 

As a dancer she works for Imperfect Dancers Company (IT), Fattoria Vittadini (IT), C&C Company (IT), Tanztheater Erfurt (DE)

As a choreographer she creates Storie Brevi-nulla di troppo intimo (selected at Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore 2019), Dia-Fantasie Ritmiche (2020) together with MariaGiulia Serantoni and Ghosts are my reality (2023) with Katharina Scheidtmann and Theresa Maria Forthaus supported by ADA Studio (Berlin). 

Since 2021 she has collaborated with Emanuele Rosa, with whom she creates HOW TO _ just another Boléro and all you need is and founds the collective EM+.   

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Pisa (IT), Maria is currently studying Tanzwissenschaft (Dance Studies) at the Freie Universität in Berlin. During the Valeska Gert Guest Professorship organized by the Freie Universität, she had the opportunity to work with the Belgian choreographer Michael Laub and the Japanese director Toshiki Okada.