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) and ‘B. MADONNA’ (2013). 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 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; Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater 2001, 2004, ICA 2007; Brazil's FILO 2005 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 Guy Klucevsek and Philip Glass.
Awards include: National Endowment for the Arts (1993-1995, 2001, 2004, 2013, 2015), 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.
About the Artists
MAUREEN FLEMING (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 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 and recently at 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, LaMaMa E.T.C. 1991 (withYoshito 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, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 2004, 2007, Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2008, Boston’s Majestic Theater 2002, 2004, I.C.A. 2007, the 2006 Fall for Dance Festival at NY City Center, Performing Americas Tour 2012 to Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay.
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. The O’Shaughnessy presented the Midwest premiere of ‘B. Madonna’, a 2015 Women of Substance Event.
She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1980) in Choreography and Performance Art (1990, 1997), Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency (2004), (2016), National Performance Network Creation Fund 1996 (After Eros), 2002 (Decay of the Angel), 2005 (Waters of Immortality), 2006, NPN Community Fund 2009, Greenwall Foundation (1998, 2004), NEA Japan US Friendship Commission (2001) and a Fulbright Commission in Colombia (2005) and Korea (2006, 2007) and Ireland (2016 – 2017). Fleming’s evening length works ‘After Eros’ and ‘Decay of the Angel’ ‘‘Waters of Immortality’ and ‘B. Madonna’ included collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), composer Philip Glass, and light and visual designer Christopher Odo.
BRUCE BRUBAKER (Pianist), In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, from Paris to Hong Kong, and in continuing recordings for ECM, Arabesque, and Bedroom Community, Bruce Brubaker is a visionary virtuoso, an artistic provocateur — the new musician. He performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philip Glass throughout the world. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker was presented by New York’s Carnegie Hall, at Michigan’s Gilmore International Festival, and Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Arts. His collaborations include projects with Ruth Maleczech, Meredith Monk, and Nico Muhly. Brubaker is a frequent performer at New York City’s Poisson Rouge. His blog “PianoMorphosis” appears at ArtsJournal.com. Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post critic Tim Page has said: “I wouldn’t trade Pollini, Argerich, Richard Goode, Peter Serkin or Bruce Brubaker (to mention a terrific younger artist) for any handful of Horowitzes!” Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Tanglewood Festival, at Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, at Wigmore Hall, and Chicago’s Harris Theater. New recording projects include Meredith Monk’s complete piano music (with Ursula Oppens), a recording of music by Glass (for the French label InFiné), and a recording of Nico Muhly’s “Drones” for Iceland’s Bedroom Community label. Brubaker has premiered music by Philip Glass, John Cage, Nico Muhly, Alvin Curran, and Mark- Anthony Turnage. Brubaker studied at the Juilliard School in New York. A longtime Juilliard faculty member, he originated a series of interdisciplinary performance projects that brought together actors, dancers, and musicians at the school; appeared in public conversations with Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt, and Meredith Monk; and is featured in the documentary film about Juilliard made for the PBS “American Masters Series.” Brubaker’s articles about music have appeared in several magazines as well as The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Brubaker now chairs the piano department at New England Conservatory in Boston.
CHRISTOPHER ODO (Designer, Performer) an eclectic artist, has worked as a dancer, designer, videographer and photographer with Maureen Fleming Company from 1993 to the present in the US, Japan, Korea, Europe and South America. Designs, performances and exhibitions include New York City Center, Fall for Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Italy’s Spoleto and Milan Oltre Festivals, Mexico’s Jose Limon Dance Festival, Iceland’s Reykjavik Arts Festival, Venezuela’s Encuentro International, France’s International Mime Festival in Perigueux, Germany’s Tollwood Festival and Oldenburg Internationale Ballett-Tage ‘99, Russia’s Mimolet 97, Colombia’s Contemporanea International Festival 98, 99, 2001, 2003, Korea’s Seoul International Performing Arts Festival 2003, La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theater, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, the San Francisco Butoh Festival, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1998, and VIVA! Festival 2009, 2011, The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Emerson Majestic Theater 2002 and 2004 and the Institute for Contemporary Art 2007 in Boston. A National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and a recipient of a Fulbright Commission, his dance videos and photography have been presented in La Mama’s La Galleria 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, the Hartwick College Foreman Gallery and the SUNY Project Space Gallery 2010 and the National Performance Network Performing Americas Tour 2012 in Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay among others. Before joining Maureen Fleming Company he performed with butoh artist, Min Tanaka’s Oedipus in the ruins of Delphi 1984-85, danced with Solaris/Lakota 1981-85, a cross- cultural project with western dance theatre artists and Native American artists in a tour of the USA, Africa, France and Sweden. He has also performed the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Institute in New York City and he was a dancer and martial artist in the original Tony award winning production of M. Butterfly 1988-91 on Broadway and the National Tour directed by John Dexter.
BRETT R. JARVIS (Sound Designer) Projects include Carlotta Santana Dance at The Joyce, Eli’s Comin, and Brutal Imagination at the Vineyard Theatre, 2001, and Music Theatre Group’s Swimming With Watermelons. Other selected work includes MTG’s Running Man, Mark Dendy’s Dream Analysis, Tweed’s Caged at Town Hall, Ivy Baldwin Dance’s Ekubo Theatre, The National Tour of Donald Byrd and Duke Ellington’s The Harlem Nutcracker, and the hit Off-Broadway Show The Donkey Show. Brett has also done sound design and engineering for numerous dance companies including: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Maureen Fleming Dance. Brett is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.