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by Maureen Fleming


"The goal of my work is to reveal the transcendent through images which focus on the human body as a vehicle of transformation. I am specifically interested in finding a universal art that touches the evolutionary traces imbedded in human experience and transcends the limits of nationality and gender, placed on us all in an aim of discovering what is truly universal about the journey of the soul."

Maureen Fleming's work explores the infinite sphere, where the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. Her evening length B. MADONNA celebrates the mythology of the eternal feminine, through a poignant study of the female body and it’s relationship to the universal soul’s journey. Archetypal and genuine, the work plumbs the depths of human experience, touching the essence of our inner life. Fleming's National Endowment for the Arts funded dance theatre production B. MADONNA honoring La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart premiered October 17th – November 3rd, 2013 at La MaMa in NYC surprising audiences and critics alike, culminating in full houses and standing ovations. 

We are asking for your support for a tour for B. MADONNA, the best of Maureen Fleming’s new and repertory work. The tour will begin at The O’Shaughnessy on November 7th, 2015, a Women of Substance Event, and then will continue to the Galway International Arts Festival from July 20th-23rd 2016, and TanzMesse Festival in Koln, Germany from August 31st- September 3rd 2016 (Pending additional grant funding.)

”Fleming…seemed to transcend the material world and enter a realm of pure spirit… Wondrous choreographic metamorphosis.” - Jack Anderson, The New York Times

“B. Madonna at La MaMa continually transcends theatrical expectations and constructs a state of perpetual presence… not unlike the effect of viewing the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls… [Maureen Fleming] moves with the skill and the force of nature…”- Wesley Doucette, New York Theatre Review

“In the sensually stunning zone between dance and sculpture…astonishing geometry on stage.” - Steven Cherry, NY Theatre Now

“B. Madonna is a show without comparison…Philip Glass’ haunting score adds to the mystical atmosphere… An unparalleled experience and wonder to behold.”- John Peacock, Flavorpill

We are seeking a minimum of $7,000 to cover:

- Set and costume reconstruction for touring

- Rehearsal costs and space

- Pre-Performance Community Outreach Residency: 

          -Dance for Children Transformation

          -Regenerative Body Architecture Workshop

          -B. MADONNA Photography Installation 

- Development of tour merchandise and promotional materials

- Association of Performing Arts Presenters showcase

- Attendance at the National Performance Network Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon

Any excess funds will be used for administrative costs as well as a pre performance residency at the Cork Film Festival where Maureen Fleming is featured in “Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion."

Maureen Fleming's B. MADONNA is a contemporary unveiling of the myth of Persephone with text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass performed by pianist Bruce Brubaker, original accordion by Guy Klucevsek, Taiko drumming by Kaoru Watanabe, and featuring three dimensional projections by Christopher Odo.  

Your contributions will bring Maureen's work to her artistic origin and ancestral home.


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