Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement

Mauriah Donegan Kraker

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement
Region: Appleton, WI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

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.



Mauriah Donegan Kraker worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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