Sharon Mansur

Sharon Mansur
Dance Performance and Scholarship
Academic Rank: 
Associate Professor
1929 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Sharon Mansur is a dance artist and educator focusing on experimental performance, improvisation, somatic studies, interdisciplinary collaboration, and site-specific dance. She received a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in solo dance performance, and collaborates with improvisationally based artists throughout the U.S, including Joanna Rotkin (Boulder, CO), Christy Fisher (Seattle, WA), Maré Hieronimus (NYC), and Daniel Burkholder (Milwaukee, WI). During spring 2015 Daniel and Sharon were invited guest artists with the dance company Ceibadanza in Ecuador, and this fall Sharon is a guest artist with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee dance department. This season her dance films are being screened at:  Underground FilmFest (Germany), Movies by Movers Dance Film Festival (North Carolina), Light Moves Festival of Screendance (Ireland), and Mirror Mountain Film Festival (Canada).



M.F.A. Dance, George Mason University, 2005; C.M.A. Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, 1995; B.A. Dance and English, Connecticut College, 1991.


Professional Affiliations:

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Washington Area Certified Movement Analysts (WACMA), SPAN:  Spontaneous Performing Artists Network.


Representative Productions:

Director of mansurdance, experimental multi-media performance project (2002 to present); variation on residue (2014) site-situated dance film installation, UMD; INSERT [     ] HERE (2013-14) with Irish dance artist Nick Bryson, Birr Arts Festival (IRE), UMD, and Dance Place (DC); leveling (2014-15) with dance artist Maré Hieronimus, Mascher Space (PA) and Triskelion Arts (NYC); Placeholders (2014), site-specific performance/installation with architect/artist Ronit Eisenbach, Long Branch neighborhood, Silver Spring (MD);  Cocoon (2014), with Seattle dance artist Christy Fisher; residue (2012-14), UMD, Mobius Art Space (MA), Shepherdstown-On-Site Dance Festival (WV), SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival (VA); Out of Place, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA (2012) and Underneath, Dance Place gallery, DC (2011), durational performance/installation project with architect/artist Ronit Eisenbach; topology (2012-13) with Maré Hieronimus, NYC, MI, Mexico; 
sightlines (2010-12), with Daniel Burkholder, Mascher Space Coop (PA), Dance Place (DC), RADFest (MI); cimmerian light (2010), collaborative visual/performative solo, Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC; (re)semblance (2009-11), multi-media site-specific performance; here/there project (2007-10) multi-media live, photographic and dance on film series involving collaborators in MN, NYC, NC and DC; Off White (2006), performance/art installation, Edison Gallery, Capital Fringe Festival, DC; trajectory altered slightly (2006) representing Winona State University (MN), ACDF Gala Concert, University of Iowa; (Un)Identified (2004-05), collaborative multi-media solo project, Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission; Depth of Perception (2004-05/2011) with Boris Willis, original commission by David Dorfman, Dance Place, The Kennedy Center, UMD; Shared evening with Clare Byrne, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2000); Dancing-on-View (1999) directed by Sara Rudner, St. Mark’s Church, Danspace Project’s 25th Anniversary Season, NYC; Love Songs (1999), David Roussève/Reality, Brooklyn Academy of Music; co-director Quiescence with Daniel Burkholder, Dance Place, DC (1992-98).


Honors and Awards:

SANDBOX Interdisciplinary Distinguished Visitor Residency Award/Washington College (2014); Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council (2014); UMD Creative and Performing Arts Award (2013-14); ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant with Ronit Eisenbach (2013-14); residue: Excellence in Costume Design (with Aryna Petrashenko), Excellence in Sound Design (Curt Seiss) and sightlines: Excellence in Lighting Design (Andrew Dorman), Metro DC Dance Awards (2013); Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship (2011); Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council (2010); UMD Creative and Performing Arts Award (2009-10); Winona State University Foundation and Professional Improvement Fund grants for dance study in Benin, Africa (2007); Virginia Commission for the Arts Choreography Fellowship (2005); The John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Award (2004-05); Outstanding New Work for trajectory altered slightly, Metro DC Dance Award (2003); Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council (2002); The Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation (2001).