About the Artists
Maureen Fleming Company, an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary performance ensemble, 'gives birth to a new vision of the body' (Ballet Tanz International). The company includes a core of collaborative artists under Fleming's direction 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. He received Juilliard’s highest award and joined the faculty in 1995 and is chair at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Brett Jarvis sound designs include: NY Shakespeare Festival; Roundabout Theatre; Joyce Theatre, Bill Irwin’s Mr. Fox: A Rumination, Mark Dendy’s Dream Analysis; and the Off Broadway production of Avenue Q.
Maureen Fleming Company has collaborated in the original and touring presentations: 'AFTER EROS' (1996), 'DECAY OF THE ANGEL' (2004) and 'WATERS OF IMMORTALITY' (2007), ‘B. MADONNA’ (2013) and 'WILDFLOWERS a feminine genesis' (2018). Crossing cultures and art forms, spanning five continents, MFC depicts images that ask what is universal about the journey of the soul and being human. The company has received national and international acclaim in the La Mama’s 2013 premiere of B. MADONNA in NYC, the O' Shaughnessy in the Twin Cities, the ICA in Boston and was chosen among the Top 10 presentations of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune (2015) and the Boston Globe (2017). Other presentations include: the NPN Performing Americas 2012 tour to Colombia’s International Festival of Manizales 2007, 2009, 2012, Argentina’s Teatro REAL 2012, Uruguay’s Teatro Verde 2012; Italy's Spoleto Festival 2011, Cleveland Museum of Art VIVA! 1998, 2009, 2011; Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater 2007, 2009, 2011; Korea's Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2004, 2007; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2004, 2007, 2018; Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater 2001, 2004, ICA 2007, 2017; Brazil's FILO 2005, 2015 and Mercado Cultural 2011, 2005, 2009; Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2008; Fall for Dance Festival at City Center 2006; among others. Fleming's evening length works include collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang and composers Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Guy Klucevsek and Philip Glass.
Awards include: National Endowment for the Arts (1993-1995, 2001, 2004, 2013, 2015),National Performance Network Creation Fund 1996 (After Eros), 2002 (Decay of the Angel), 2005 (Waters of Immortality), NPN Community Fund (2009, 2011), New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project (1997-1999), Rockefeller MAP Fund (1997, 1998), National Performance Network: Performing Americas Project (2003, 2012), Meet the Composer Choreographer Project (1992), the Asian Cultural Council (1990, 2004, 2006), NEA Japan US Friendship Commission (2001), Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan (2002, 2004, 2007). Arts International (1993- 2003), USArtists International 2009, 2016.
Maureen Fleming Biography
MAUREEN FLEMING (Choreographer/Performance Artist) was born in Japan. In her multi-media performances, Fleming invents surreal movement poetry with the discipline of a classicist and the imagination of an iconoclast and explores through metaphorical images our never-ending search for what is universal about the journey of the soul. After extensive study in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of butoh, 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, The Seoul Institute of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Connecting cultures and art forms, Fleming is renowned for her original form of visual theatre.
Her solo and group works have received international acclaim in such venues as Japan’s 1990 Butoh Festival, Italy’s 1995 Spoleto and 1993 Milan Oltre Festivals, Venezuela’s 1994 Encuentro International, Mexico’s 1995 Jose Limon Dance Festival, Iceland’s 1996 Reykjavik Arts Festival, France’s 1996 International Mime Festival in Perigueux and Maison des Cultures in Paris, Germany’s 1997 Tollwood Festival and Oldenburg Internationale Ballett-Tage ‘99, Russia’s Mimolet 97, Colombia’s Contemporanea International Festival 1998, 1999 , 2001, and 2003, Manizales International Festival 2003, 2005, 2012, Korea’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2003, Brazil’s FILO 2005, 2014 and Mercado Cultural 2002, 2005, 2009, La Ma Ma E.T.C. 1991 (with Yoshito Ohno), 2004, 2013, the Pittsburgh Dance Council 1992 and 1996, the 1994 Bates Dance Festival, the 1995 San Francisco Butoh Festival (with Akira Kasai), the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Project 1996, the Kitchen 1998, University of Cincinnati CCM-Dance 2002, 2009, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theatre 2000, 2002, 2009, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1998, 2009, 2011, The Virginia Museum of Fine Art 1999, Symphony Space 2003, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2018, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 2004, 2007, Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2008, Boston’s Majestic Theater 2002, 2004, I.C.A. 2007, 2017 the 2006 Fall for Dance Festival at NY City Center, Performing Americas Tour 2012 to Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay.
Fleming’s Dances From Home Installation was commissioned by Ellen Stewart and presented at La Galleria in NYC in 2009 and by the Project Space Gallery at S.U.N.Y. in 2010. O Black Madonna Installation was presented at La Galleria in conjunction with the NY premiere of ‘B. Madonna’ at La MaMa in N.Y.C. in 2013. Following the La MaMa NYC world premiere in 2013, The O’Shaughnessy presented the Midwest premiere of ‘B. Madonna’, a 2015 Women of Substance Event followed by the CRASHarts Boston premiere in 2017 at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts/C.A.P.S. (1980) in Choreography and Performance Art (1990, 1997), Rockefeller M.A.P. Fund (1997,1998), N.E.F.A National Dance Project Production and Tour Grant (1998, 2000), Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency (2004), (2016), National Performance Network Creation Fund 1996, (After Eros), 2002 (Decay of the Angel), 2005 (Waters of Immortality), NPN Community Fund (2009, 2011), Greenwall Foundation (1998, 2004), Japan US Friendship Commission (2001) and Fulbright Commissions in Colombia (2005) and Korea (2006, 2007) and Ireland (2016 - 2017). Fleming’s evening length works ‘After Eros’ (1996) and ‘Decay of the Angel’ (2004) ‘‘Waters of Immortality’ (2007) and ‘B. Madonna’ (2013) included collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang, composer Philip Glass, and light and visual designer Christopher Odo.