Maya Milenovic Workman, was born in Maribor, Slovenia where she studied ballet and piano. After graduating from London School of
Contemporary Dance, she moved to New York City, studied with Merce Cunningham, and earned Undergraduate (liberal arts, focus
psychology) and Graduate degree (media, focus film) at the New School University in NYC. Her choreography & performance debut in NYC
was with Maya Milenovic Dancers and Reggie Workman Ensemble at the Cooper Union Great Hall (1983). In 1998 Maya MW co-founded a
dance-music laboratory (Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music), which works under her artistic and pedagogic guidance.
Since 2010 she started evolving ART OF THE FUTURE ©

CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTING, WRITING SINCE 1980’S

Maya MW believes that choreography surrounds us everywhere and is breaking the borders of traditional thinking that choreography is only
dance, but quite the opposite: Choreography is a conglomerate of all arts and what we are surrounded by. Maya writes the stories based in
current events, personal experiences, myths, visual art (surrealism), and contemporary dramatic texts for productions and work with students. She follows Multiple Intelligences Theory of American cognitive psychologist Howard Gardner. Her Art is becoming political. She is inspired by Picasso, Bosch, Dali, Da Vinci, Magritte, Kandinsky, Van Gogh; texts written by: Beckett, Ionesco, Euripides, Brecht, Bond and Greek Mythology.

VIRTUAL TRUTH (2013), Interactive (with audience) per formative moving drama.
A “woman bird” is oppressed and marginalized, caught in Japanese garden and denying her actions
by perpetual contradiction of her inner voice. The audience is an observer a character.

GUERNICA CONTINUUM (2012), Film, physical theater and drama.
Discusses the depth of human evolution through sub consciousness, regression.
An amputee and a girl with Cerebral Palsy are pushed forward.

I HEAR WITH MY EYES (2011), Multimedia experiment.
Hearing audience stands face to face with deaf people, and recognizes the difference.

FILM:
Guernica Continuum (2012)
DOC FILM:
Perfect Blend (2007 - 2012)
SHORT FILM:
(with MADLOM students): What Don’t I like About, What’s Wrong With The World, Ball, Jazz Through Our Eyes

CHOREOLOGY AND DIRECTING 1984 - ON GOING
Pandora, Abstractions (Beckett, Bosh, Brecht), First Day 47, Lost Ones Opus 2 (Beckett), Adagio ma non Troppo (Original), Jokasta, Clytemnestra, Moon Above Mississippi (Seven Deadly Sins, Brecht), Night Bird, Tristan and Isolde, M&M (children), Cultural Capitol of Greece (Noah’s Arc), Fragments in Fabula, Come and Go, HP Madame’s portrait, Synthesis, Abstractions, and Noble Essences.

COLLABORATION 1998 – 1991
Maya MW collaborated with European theatre director Tomas Pandur in Scherezade, Faust and Hamlet.
Maya MW has collaborated with American jazz legend Reggie Workman since 1993.
Maya MW collaborated with bassist-composer Matthew Garrison in Guernica Continuum Film, 2012

TEACHING ARTIST SINCE 1984

EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS A TALENT!

CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCE TECHNIQUE, FILM AND MOVEMENT, MOVING THEATER
For children, youth, adults, professional performers, special needs, underprivileged, and the oppressed.

Maya MW communicates a lasting change through gradual physical transformation, renewal in a way we think about ourselves, listen to ourselves, and connect with harmony, peace and tranquility.

Maya MW uses the “power” derived from choreography “story telling” and movement, and adds rhythm, film and visual arts, as well as her own experiences to give art to people, and make them live through art. Her students practice creative and critical thinking and are encouraged to think “outside of the box”, while seeking new terrains.

People experience how to understand each other, share energies, use inner voice, and build one’s own ability to create. An individual will uncover or come back to town place of power.

Current teaching artist with:

MADLOM Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music
Artistic Director, teaching artist
Montclair Community Center: Related Arts team
Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute (NYC): Creative Movement
Bullock Elementary (Montclair, NJ): Artist in Residence
Edgemont Elementary (Montclair, NJ): Artist in Residence
MMO (Montclair, NJ): Artist in Residence after school programs
International workshops in Europe

Past notable dance classes, interdisciplinary summer Jazz Music and Movement Academies:
Maribor (Slo), Groznjan (Cro), Ljubljana (Slo), Zagreb (Cro), London (UK), Italy and Germany.

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