Sharon Mansur

Sharon Mansur
Cluster: 
Dance Performance and Scholarship
Academic Rank: 
Associate Professor
Phone: 
301.405.3198
Address: 
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.  During the 2014-2015 season she co-created Placeholders a site-specific performance/installation in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD with architect/artist Ronit Eisenbach; continued her ongoing collaborative practice with dance artist Joanna Rotkin in Boulder, CO; performed an improvisationally based duet with dance artist Maré Hieronimus at the Never Before Never Again Festival at Triskelion Arts in NYC; is performing with TDPS colleague Adriane Fang in a new project by Nancy Bannon at Dance Place in March; and will be traveling to Ecuador in April with longtime collaborator Daniel Burkholder to perform, engage in community classes and work with the dance company Ceibadanza. 

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Education/Training:

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).