Horsetail Smile Flower Moon
It’s been many years that I have wanted to take a class with Maureen Fleming. First my good friend Andrea Cote studied Butoh with her followed by my friend/collaborator Alexx Shilling of the Radiant Movement becoming certified in Fleming’s Elastics. Both of my friends raved about working with her and it was just a matter of time for when my schedule would collide with an offerings of hers.
Though still not famous (yet!) by “mainstream” standards, Fleming is widely recognized in the contemporary dance world and truly is a unique innovator in choreography and performance. Currently teaching in Seoul, South Korea (thanks to Fulbright), Fleming lives her art and the results she shares in her workshops present new concepts even for a body-mind whore like myself.
Connecting our limbs to long surgical elastic bands, we moved together in a circle through joint-free-ing exercises where you felt like your body just floated without effort. Walking in slow motion to the image of smoke rings and deconstructing the moonwalk were engaging and reflected Fleming’s creativity and sense of humor. Apart from this amazing class where we strengthened our psoas with the help of movement, sound and imagery, Fleming is a refreshingly approachable teacher and person, so friendly and warm as she shares stories of her experiences abroad and at home.