Maura Donohue

Maura Nguyen Donohue was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in the US.  She is Artistic Director of NYC based troupe, Maura Donohue/inmixedcompany. 

Her work has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  As Artistic Advisor for Dance Theater Workshop’s (http://www.dtw.org) Mekong Project.  She organized, facilitated and participated in rich, collaborative residency projects in the US, as well as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. She has done extensive work in Vietnam where she has set work on Saigon based October Ballet Company, taught master classes for the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and the Vietnam Opera Ballet in Hanoi.  She has regularly collaborated with Hanoi-based choreographer Le Vu Long, whose company Together Higher was the first contemporary dance troupe from Vietnam to tour the US.  In March 2004 inmixedcompany premiered Enemy/Territory in collaboration Le Vu Long and members of the VNOBT at Dance Theater Workshop in New York.  Later that year, inmixedcompany (joined by guests Paul Matteson and Jennifer Nugent) toured to Hanoi for a shared residency with Together Higher at the Vietnam Dance College and Goethe Institut.

She currently collaborates most often with Perry Yung (http://www.yungflutes.com).  In November 2005 they premiered Jet Stream at NYC’s Mulberry St. Theater and in the spring of 2003 they premiered Umi Yo, Umi Yo, a collaboration with butoh legends Kazuo & Yoshito Ohno in Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan.  Perry also performed in Back Home, the result of a 2-week NYC and 4-week Hong Kong residency with Maura and 7 other artists from the US and Hong Kong.  While in HK, Maura taught master classes at the HK Academy of Performing Arts, City Contemporary Dance Company and DanceArt/HK.

Since arriving in New York in 1994 her work has been presented regularly at DTW beginning with a Fresh Tracks and a SplitStream (both in 1995).  These were followed by 3 DTW First Light commissioned works.  Righteous Babes, set to songs by ani difranco, premiered in May ‘00 at Performance Space 122 and toured to Denmark as part of a PS 122 Field Trip to the Copenhagen International Theater Festival.  Rip It Open, created with commissioning funds from NYSCA, premiered at PS 122 in Sep ‘02.  Her work has also been presented at La Mama ETC, Danspace Project, Westbeth Arts Complex and the Henry Street Settlement.  Her solo work, When You’re Old Enough has toured to schools across the country, was published in Watermark: an anthology of Vietnamese American writings and toured to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as part of a PS 122 curated series.

As The Dance Insider’s (http://www.danceinsider.com) Asian Bureau Chief she has written extensively on performance Hong Kong, India, Japan and Vietnam. Her writing has also appeared in the Dance Magazine, HK Dance Journal, NY State DanceForce Newsletter and American Theater Journal. She was a 2002-2003 DTW Digital Fellow, developing both a web-based and a Final Cut Pro-based creative process with long-time company member and collaborator, Brian Nishii (http://www.westwell.com).

She has taught and choreographed for Viet-Am artists, university dance departments around the US and at Dance Space (now Dance New Amsterdam).  She was 1 of 10 choreographers in NYC nominated for the ‘00 & ‘01 Emerging Choreographer Award given by The Colbert Foundation.  She was a ‘96 Emerging Choreographer at the Bates Dance Festival, a ‘95 Van Lier Choreography Fellow, a member of Chen & Dancers from ‘94 - ‘96 and facilitated The Field’s Asian American Artist Workshop.  She performed in Berkeley Rep’s production of Dragonwings in Seattle, Atlanta and Syracuse. She toured the US performing Peking Opera wu dan (woman warrior) roles with Jamie H.J. Guan and as a member of La Mama ETC’s (http:www.lamama.org) Great Jones Rep Co has toured throughout Asia & Europe in the Serban/Swados’ experimental operas Medea, Electra and The Trojan Women.  She spent 4 years training in Seido Karate with Kaicho Nakamura, studied bungee with Terry Sendgraff, stilts with David Clarkson and has long been an avid yoga practitioner. She was a member of the ‘02 NY Dance and Performance (BESSIES) Awards committee and serves on DTW’s Board of Directors.

She is a 1992 graduate of Smith College (http://www.smith.edu) and, in addition to spending the spring semester 2000 there as a visiting Guest Artist, has returned to pursue her MFA.  She is the proud mother of Sasa & Jet Yung – her most honest collaborators.

“…[one] of the most promising new voices of the Twenty-First Century”

- Trace Magazine