Type: Workshop, Residency
Art Form: dance, choreography
Grade Level: K-12
Maureen Fleming (Choreographer/Dance Artist) is renowned for her original form of visual theater realized through choreography for photography, video and live performance. With the discipline of a classicist and the imagination of an iconoclast Fleming connects cultures and art forms in an interdisciplinary celebration of femininity and the universality of the soul’s journey. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, S. Korea, Colombia and Latvia, her solo and group works have toured spanning five continents.
Maureen Fleming was born in Japan. After extensive study in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of buto, an avant-garde movement developed in post war Japan, Ms. Fleming went on to perform with his son Yoshito Ohno and to tour internationally with performance artist and choreographer Min Tanaka. Fleming continued her training in the United States as a scholarship student under the Cecchetti master Margaret Craske. In 1984 she became an artist-in-residence at La MaMa ETC in New York and has conducted residencies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Irish World Academy, NUI Galway, Brown University, RISD, The Seoul Institute of the Arts and The Juilliard School.
Her dance company, Maureen Fleming Company, an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary performance ensemble, 'gives birth to a new vision of the body' (Ballet Tanz International). Under Fleming's direction, the company includes a core of collaborative artists including: Christopher Odo, an eclectic artist, dancer, designer, videographer and photographer, has worked with Maureen Fleming Company since 1993 in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Russia and was in the original Tony award-winning M. Butterfly on Broadway. Bruce Brubaker, a pianist presented by Carnegie Hall has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has toured Europe, South America and Asia.
Maureen has developed various residency and workshops for colleges, teachers and students. For children, the goal of her workshop is to give children the opportunity to be present in movement - physically, mentally and emotionally. Because movement does not lie, it is possible to notice if even a part of the body begins to wane in concentration. In this way, through the process of being present, the child is challenged to discover his or her movement potential.