Born in South Korea and raised in Medina, OH, Maree currently lives between Washington, DC and Middlebury, Vermont. She travels frequently throughout the U.S. working as a choreographer, performer, and teacher facilitating movement experiences with individuals from a broad range of backgrounds. See more.
merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators. In 2014, her interdisciplinary work, The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, was named by The Examiner as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances.” Her work has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box and DanceWorks Series (OH), CKM&A Dance & Dessert (MD), Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea), Dance Place New Releases Choreographers Showcase (DC), Kelly Strayhorn Theater Hear/Now Series and newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival (PA), LightLab Performance Series (PA), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NY), New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Series (PA), Summer Portraits (Israel), the Current Sessions (NY), and Three Rivers Arts Festival (PA). She is grateful to have received support through Dance Exchange Local Artist-in-Residence Series (MD), Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Fresh Works Residency (PA), PearlArts Studios Artists-in-Residence Series (PA), and Cleveland Arts Prize Kathryn Karipides Scholarship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant, Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Ohio State University Alumni Grants for Graduate Research.
Recent performance credits include Blaine Siegel and Jil Stifel’s Objects for Dance, Staycee Pearl dance project Playground, and appearances in the work of interdisciplinary artist, David Bernabo. She has performed the work of Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Noa Zuk. From 2003-2008, she was a member of Cleveland-based companies MegLouise Dance and MorrisonDance and previously the Richmond Ballet (1996-1997) and Southern Ballet Theatre (1995-1996). In 2013, she joined the cast of Chickens, a new play by Paul Kruse produced by Hatch Arts Collective.
As an educator, Maree facilitates classes in Gaga, improvisation, and creative process in academic, community, and conservatory settings. She co-facilitates Soma/Gaga workshops with Mark Taylor and is a visiting teaching artist with Colorado Conservatory of Dance and Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts. She has been invited as a guest teacher at Baldwin Wallace University (OH), Between the Bones Studio Collective (CO), Company E (DC), Evolve the Intensive (PA), Feverhead (OH), Inventing Earth (CO), Keimyung University (South Korea), Light Switch Dance Theater (MD), Ohio Wesleyan University, Point Park University (PA), Peabody Institute/Society of Dance History Scholars Special Topics Conference (MD), Prescott College (AZ), Towson University Community Program (MD), The Alloy Studios (PA), The Movement Factory (OH), Slippery Rock University (PA), University of Maryland Baltimore County and College Park, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2011, she completed her MFA in Choreography and Performance at The Ohio State University and went on to earn her certification to teach the Gaga movement language through the first official Gaga teacher training program in Tel Aviv, Israel (2011-2012). She received her BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies at Prescott College (AZ) and studied somatic and improvisational practices at Moving on Center School for Participatory Arts (CA). From 2015-2017, Maree is thrilled to join Middlebury College for the Movement Matters Residency as the Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer.
Maree is also a practitioner of the Ilan Lev Method, a Feldenkrais-based bodywork.
As a choreographer, I use creative process and performance to build intimate human connections. When dance-making I aim to create environments where people from a broad range of identities, abilities, and histories can share their backgrounds and perspectives in a supportive context and make new discoveries in playful and inquisitive ways. I bring my current curiosities to each project. My collaborators and I have explored topics such as borders, boundaries, and the way we take up space, Korean and Korean-American experience, and the ways personal and global conflict affect our everyday being. See more.
In my roles as artist and researcher, I work to suspend my assumptions and allow the choreographic process to bring me to unexpected realizations and unfamiliar perspectives. To help facilitate the uncovering of new information, I draw from practices across disciplines. The performers and I address concepts and questions through improvised movement, writing, voice work, discussion, mind mapping, visual art, and interactions with props, space, and various media to collaboratively generate movement material. The collective vocabulary we develop exists between most established styles and reflects the particularities of the individuals who are in the room and our differences coming together; this becomes the substance of our art. Working in this way, we have the opportunity to practice acts of listening, witnessing, and being vulnerable so we can arrive at more nuanced understandings of ourselves and the issues we are considering. I find it fascinating and perplexing the way contradictory elements are often experienced together. As a means of embracing these intersections, in my choreography I situate darkness with comedy, the virtuosic with the pedestrian, and novelty with comfort. This process helps me interpret and reflect on my experience in our highly stimulating, mediated, information-driven, contemporary, global circumstance. My abstract, collage-like creations display a dynamic range of expressions incorporating movement, sound, and text. Through my dance works, I am able to articulate what I cannot otherwise convey.
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