Michael Mao Dance
Michael Mao Dance
MICHAEL MAO DANCE celebrates alumni and present dancers from over 5 decades who have danced in Michael’s works, which have been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Riverside Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, Kaye Playhouse, Tribeca, Madison Square Garden, Hudson Guild, Secret Theater, Pepsico-Purchase, China Institute and Bryant Park, throughout the boroughs of New York, throughout Mainland US and Alaska, in Europe, in major in China and throughout Mexico for Festival Internaciónal Cervantino. Michael typically includes dancers from all over the US and from all over the world. His works cover a wide range of topics. Largely abstract, works with simple but highly distilled structures often inform the subject matter or feeling evoked. With an international background, Michael’s use of music and other arts collaborations have been wide-ranging, though always multicultural and inclusive. Termed “Exquisite,” “passionate,” and “dazzling,” Michael’s works aim to reach multiple feelings in all humans of all ages — joy, loss, hopes, fears, conflict, but above all liveliness. Programs are calibrated to allow the audience to laugh, to cry, or mourn or celebrate, and leave with a sense for being alive. Michael Mao dancers, themselves strong yet vulnerable beings, like to add an audience talkback to gage how much their dedicated vocation of dancing reaches those they have performed for, in order to hone their artistry of communication and expression. Diverse and inclusively multicultural, the company is often cultural ambassador abroad, exemplifying the best of America in its unity of purpose, of service, where ethnically unique qualities only add to the vibrance of our diversity.
Michael Mao trained at Cunningham Studio and the Graham and Joffrey Schools, on Jacob’s Pillow with Ted Shawn assisted by Barton Mumaw and Jess Meeker, with Margaret Craske, Manolo Vargas. Subsequent teachers include Carol Jordan, Marie Paquet, David Howard and Zena Rommett. He performed for 15 years for Toby Armour, in works by James Waring, Aileen Passloff, Remy Charlip, Carolyn Brown, Lotte Goslar and Graziela Daniele. As artistic director of Dance Express he also curated repertory and brought to America works with exclusive rights from Carolyn Carlson and Hans van Manen, along with other house and guest repertory including Trisha Brown, Senta Driver and Joan Lombardi, among others. He began showing works and touring as Michael Mao Dance since 1993 and has received extensive awards and funds from the NEA, NYSCA, DCLA, NYC Fund for the Arts, IBM, State Street Bank, and the Soros Foundations.