Mauriah Donegan Kraker is a Midwesterner, a collaborative performance maker, and a long-distance walker primarily invested in slow travel: walking around the block and through the city as a means of attending to choreographic unfolding of time cycles in the body and land.
Her background in athletics (competing as an Olympic-level athlete and being named Athlete of the Year by USA Gymnastics) and dance (creating solo dances in the Italian Alps, deserted building in Asia, under highway underpasses and at prairie sites in the Midwest) are drivers in the creation of works that live somewhere in the realms of heightened states of physicality, dreaming, and walking.
During their MacDowell Fellowship, Mauriah and collaborator Leah Wilks (L+M) began developing a new choreographic duet slipstrikefault (working title). This new piece is the next chapter following their 2019 work Armageddon or Sunrise or Something. Investigating the subterranean, how to unknow, slime-molds, and shifts in material/mass/light, L+M worked with durational physical scores, vocal yell|sing practices, intuitive choreographic decision-making processes, and soundscore creation to sweat-shout-sing-breathe a new world into being.