"Wildflowers" by Maureen Fleming
La MaMa and Irish Arts Center present Maureen Fleming in the World Premiere of WILDFLOWERS, A FEMININE GENESIS. Created, choreographed, and performed by Fleming, this unique production features live music by acclaimed Irish composer/violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire and uilleann piper James Mahon, with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing music by Philip Glass and geometric moving sculptures and lighting by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo. WILDFLOWERS, A FEMININE GENESIS is a sensuous celebration of the feminine archetype inspired by the lush symbolism of Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Maureen Fleming’s interdisciplinary work coalesces her singular sculptural movement with original live music, video, text by Yeats and other uniquely theatrical visuals to create a series of “vision poems.”
At age 64, Maureen Fleming is one of the foremost female practitioners of butoh-inspired performance in the US. Born in Japan to Irish-American parents, a childhood car accident and subsequent spinal deformity left her with unique movement abilities. Fleming studied butoh extensively in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, the co-founder of this minimalist art form. She 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. Since 1994, she has conducted workshops at N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts and was a guest artist at The Juilliard School. She has gained international recognition on five continents for her singular form of interdisciplinary performance at such venues as Italy's Spoleto Festival, Japan's Butoh Festival, Mexico's Jose Limon Dance Festival, Iceland's Reykjavik Arts Festival, Colombia’s International Danza Contemporanea, France's International Mime Festival, Korea’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and Jacobs Pillow, among others.
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