A Women of Substance event
Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis (regional premiere)
Saturday, October 26 @ 7:30 PM
The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
Tickets: $24-$34 (discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT, groups)
Ticket Office: theoshaughnessy.com or 651-690-6700
The O’Shaughnessy presents the internationally-acclaimed dancer-choreographer-performance artist Maureen Fleming in the regional 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 (founding member of the Frames) and original uilleann pipes by James Mahon, with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing music of Philip Glass and geometric moving sculptures and lighting by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo in a Women of Substance event at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 26 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University.
Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis is a sensuous celebration of the feminine archetype inspired by the lush symbolism of Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Fleming’s interdisciplinary work coalesces her singular sculptural movement with original live music, video, text by Yeats and other uniquely theatrical elements to create a series of “vision poems.” Exploring the “immortal waters” of the mystical feminine, Wildflowers asks: “Is immortality an elusive paradigm or present in the here and now?”
Maureen Fleming is one of the foremost female practitioners of but?-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 but? extensively in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, the co-founder of this minimalist avant garde movement. 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. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, South Korea, Colombia and Latvia, 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 But? 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, Jacobs Pillow and NY City Center Fall for Dance Festival among others.
The O’Shaughnessy presented Fleming’s B. Madonna in 2015, an astonishing, powerful work that garnered both audience and critic raves. The Star Tribune acclaimed that the dance performance was “Astounding…sang with transcendent emanation.”
Colm Mac Con Iomaire is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist composer from Dublin. He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish band The Frames. Iomaire released his first solo instrumental record in 2008 and his follow up album was an Irish Top 10. His music draws on a wide range of styles and influences ranging from classical to traditional. He has written for feature film, contemporary dance, animation, TV and theatre, recently scoring the feature films Dare to be Wild, Out of Innocence and an animated short for Cartoon Saloon (Late Afternoon), which won the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival for shorts and was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award.
James Mahon is the Uilleann piper for KILA, an esteemed Irish World Music group. Bruce Brubaker has been presented by Carnegie Hall and has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has toured Europe, South America, and Asia. Christopher Odo, an eclectic artist and designer, has worked with Maureen Fleming since 1993 in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Russia and was in the original Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly on Broadway.
In tandem with Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis, the Celtic Junction Arts Center will exhibit Maureen Fleming WILDFIRES Photography Installation, initially presented at the National University of Ireland, Galway during Fleming’s Ireland USA Fulbright Commission residency while creating Wildflowers. The installation will be on display at Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave. in Saint Paul. The exhibit is on view October 12 through April 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday 4:00-9:30 PM with an opening reception on October 12 from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Each year, The O’Shaughnessy partners with artists and organizations to develop and showcase significant work that furthers the mission of The O’Shaughnessy and St. Catherine University that is grounded in social justice and the search for peace. Women of Substance is a part of the Presents series that highlights the contributions of significant women artists. This year and every year, The O’Shaughnessy presents a number of prominent national and local professional dance companies, and concerts by legendary and emerging artists.
Tickets for Wildflowers are $24-$34; discounts for groups, students, seniors, MPR and TPT members and military. For more information and tickets, contact The O’Shaughnessy Ticket Office at 651-690-6700 or online at theoshaughnessy.com. The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University is located at 2004 Randolph Ave. in Saint Paul.
Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis is supported by Fulbright Ireland, La MaMa, Irish Arts Center, Celtic Junction Arts Center, Irish Arts Council, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish Arts worldwide, Galway County Council, NUI Galway, Irish World Academy, Áras Éanna Arts Centre.
ABOUT THE O’SHAUGHNESSY
Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University, The O’Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere venues for showcasing the arts. Since opening in 1970, The O’Shaughnessy has presented a dazzling array of both local and national performing arts companies, including the Minnesota Orchestra, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, The Indigo Girls, Joan Baez and countless others. In addition, the venue hosts public events, student and community performances and features multicultural programming with an emphasis on dance, music and theater. Known for its dedication to artistic development and collaboration, the venue has premiered over 400 new works by local and national artists. The O’Shaughnessy is the home of the Women of Substance series, which showcases the artistry and innovative work of women, both prominent and emerging in their fields, whose voices need to be heard. theoshaughnessy.com
ABOUT WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE
For more than 20 years, the Women of Substance series has showcased women’s ideas, amplified their voices and honored their places on life’s stage. These artists, thinkers and change-makers challenge the status quo, make audiences to look at the world in new ways, and instill a deeper understanding of self, purpose and action. Through art and ideas, the series ignites women’s innate power, consciousness and sense of justice, motivating and inspiring others to take action and lead lives of substance. The Women of Substance Festival magnifies the mission, values and spirit of St. Catherine’s University