MAUREEN FLEMING, American (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performance Artist) was born in Japan. At the age of two, she was in a serious car accident with her mother. The effects of the experience, both physical and emotional, have formed a thread through Fleming's life and influenced, if not driven, her devotion to the study of physical movement. 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 Ohno’s 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 1994, 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 Seoul Institute of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Connecting cultures and art forms, Fleming is known for her singular form of visual theatre.
Her solo and group works have received international acclaim in 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 and 2005, Korea's Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2003, Brazil's FILO 2005 and Mercado Cultural 2002 and 2005, LaMaMa E.T.C.(with Yoshito Ohno) 1991, 2004, 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, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1998, The Virginia Museum of Fine Art 1999, Symphony Space 2003, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 2004, 2007, Boston's World Music/CRASHarts/Majestic Theater 2002, 2004 and The Institute for Contemporary Art 2007, Fall for Dance Festival at City Center 2006 and Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2008.
She has been awarded numerous prestigious fellowships and awards from the National Performance Network Creation Fund 1996 (After Eros), 2002 (Decay of the Angel), 2005 (Waters of Immortality), 2006, 2008 (Community Fund), National Endowment for the Arts (1993-1995, 2001, 2004), New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project (1997-1999), Rockefeller MAP Fund (1997, 1998), Arts International (1993- 2003), Performing Americas Project (2003), Meet the Composer Choreographer Project (1992), New York Foundation for the Arts (1980) in Choreography and Performance Art (1990, 1997), Greenwall Foundation (1998, 2004), the Asian Cultural Council (1990, 2004, 2006), NEA Japan US Friendship Commission (2001), Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan (2002, 2004, 2007). She received Fulbright Commissions in Colombia (2005) and Korea (2006, 2007) and recently became a member of the Fulbright Peer Review Panel.
Maureen Fleming is the Artistic Director of Maureen Fleming Company and has created evening length works After Eros (1997) Decay of the Angel (2004) and Waters of Immortality and Other Works (2007).
Fleming's evening length multi-media works include collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang, composer Philip Glass, sound designer Brett Jarvis and light and visual designer Christopher Odo. Spanning five continents these works have been performed in venues ranging from a Catholic church built in 1000 AD in Palermo, Italy to the historic Jacob’s Pillow Festival to New York City Center Fall for Dance.