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. During the 2013-2014 season she is co-directing a site dance project with Irish contemporary dance artist Nick Bryson titled INSERT [     ] HERE, supported by a UM Creative & Performing Arts Award, with a full premiere at Dance Place in June 2014.  Additionally Mansur is the co-principal investigator with UM Architecture Professor Ronit Eisenbach on a UM ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant for the performance/installation Placeholders: Sites-in-flux.  This season she was also invited to participate in residencies with dance artists Joanna Rotkin in Boulder, CO and Christy Fisher in Seattle, WA.  She recently received a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in solo dance performance.


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); residue solo project (2012-13), UM-CSPAC, 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), performance/installation projects in collaboration with architect/visual artist Ronit Eisenbachtopology (2012-13), collaborative duet with dance artist Maré Hieronimus, New York City, Michigan, Mexico; sightlines (2010-12), collaborative duet with Daniel Burkholder, DC, Philadelphia and Michigan; cimmerian light (2010), collaborative visual/performative solo, Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC; (re)semblance (2009-11), multi-media site-specific performance; the here/there project (2007-10) multi-media live, photographic and film series involving collaborators in Minnesota, New York City, North Carolina and DC; Freedom of Information (2008), 24-hour improvisational dance ritual, directed by Miguel Gutierrez; Off White, performance/art installation (2006), Edison Gallery, Capital Fringe Festival, DC;trajectory altered slightly (2006) representing Winona State University, 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) duet with Boris Willis, original commission by David Dorfman, Dance Place, The Kennedy Center, UM-CSPAC; Shared evening with Clare Byrne, BAX/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), DavidRousseve/Reality, Brooklyn Academy of Music; co-director Quiescence dance/performance group with Daniel Burkholder, in residence at Dance Place, DC (1992-98).


Honors and Awards:

UM Creative and Performing Arts Award (2013-14), ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant (2013-14), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship (2011), Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council (2010/2002), UM 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), The Bossak-HeilbronCharitable Foundation (2001).