Maureen Fleming to Present Waters of Immortality and Other Works

September 9, 2010

Hartwick College will welcome performance artist Maureen Fleming for a presentation at 8 p.m. September 11 in the Goodrich Theater on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Waters of Immortality and Other Works is co-sponsored by the colleges, with funding from the Foreman Institute for the Creative Arts and the O'Connor Foundation.Maureen Fleming

Tickets are $20 at the door or $10 in advance at or by calling the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts at 607-432-2070.

The performance will feature the music of Philip Glass, performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker, and light design by visual artist Christopher Odo. The Boston Herald describes Waters of Immortality: "Maureen Fleming conveys more meaning in one evening than most choreographers put across in an entire career. Her Waters of Immorality ... takes in the whole of the universe."

Other upcoming public events include:

Maureen Fleming Dances from Home, opening August 27 in the Project Space Gallery on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The exhibition, a retrospective of photography and video spanning Fleming's 25 years as a performance artist, will feature the photography of Christopher Odo, Lois Greenfield, Philip Trager, and Spencer Tunic. Fleming says of the exhibition: "Dances from Home explodes the fertile moment between artists and audience involved in co-creation." The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Workshops in Fleming Technique, 6:30-8:30 p.m. September 9 in the Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick campus and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. September 8 in room 103 of Fine Arts Building on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The public is welcome and the workshops are free.

About Maureen Fleming
Fleming has gained international recognition on five continents for her singular form of multimedia performance in such venues as Fall for Dance Festival 2006 at City Center, Jacob's Pillow Festival 2008, Italy's Spoleto Festivals, Japan's Butoh Festival, Mexico's Jose Limon Dance Festival, Iceland's Reykjavik Arts Festival, Columbia's International Danza Contemporanea, France's International Mime Festival, and Korea's Seoul Performing Arts Festival, among others. She is a recent Fulbright Fellow and an Artist-in-Residence at La MaMa E.T.C. and the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

She brings the discipline of a classicist and the imagination of an iconoclast to her unique style of movement inspired by her studies with the late Kazuo Ohno, the co-founder of butoh. 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 U.S. under the Cecchetti master Margaret Craske. Since 1994, she has conducted workshops at the Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

The effects of a severe accident when Fleming was two years old have influenced her approach to movement. The accident left a bone spur and the loss of the disc between her fourth and fifth vertebrae, a condition that would confine most people to a wheelchair. Her distinctive slow-motion style of twisting the body into extreme positions, where the blood builds up and stops, and then slowly untwisting so the blood flows more quickly, creates a kind of cleansing. With a strong belief in the body's regenerative powers, Fleming explores the evolution of her wounds. Her choreography emphasizes aligning the body's spiritual center while using the female body as a symbol for the earth's cycles of regeneration.

Waters of Immortality and Other Works is part of a series of events that coincide with the Hartwick course Collaboration Class: Performance Art, Photography, and Video, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Foreman Institute for the Creative Arts. Fleming and Odo have offered classes at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus since the early 1990s.

"What better place is there to conduct classes that combine training for the sustainable body with photography and video in the unique setting of Pine Lake, an environment focused on creating a blueprint for the sustainability of nature?" Odo said.

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Above photo: The Immortal by Lois Greenfield

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