I’ve been an independent modern dancer, choreographer, artistic director and teacher in Boulder for almost 30 years. HAAN Dances serves as a vehicle for my creative work as choreographer, using a pick-up company for group pieces and projects. It is also a springboard for solo ideas I choreograph for myself, use in multimedia projects, or commission from other artists. An important element of my creative work also involves the development and pursuit of community projects and collaborations.
I use dance to touch people –creating dance that is dynamic, immersed in sensation, and emotionally evocative, yet always served with a side of tender. Through creative exploration I play to the extremes, using full expansive movement that either devours space and is shaped by an infectious musicality, or mines stark, minimal moments, and movement images – each helping me to develop a unique voice on my artistic path.
I grew up relishing the idea (first out of necessity and then desire), that one-among-the-many could truly speak of the human condition and our commonality, and still develop a uniquely individual voice. As one in a family of twelve children this wasn’t always easy to prove – until I began to dance. With a clear and conscious voice, I use dance to speak.
Before moving to Colorado, I spent nine years teaching at Chicago’s Columbia College Dance Center and performing as principal dancer and assistant artistic director of Mordine & Company Dance Theatre. Performing throughout the Midwest, in New York City, and at the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia, I won Chicago’s 1989 Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Dancer of the Year.” I also have an MFA degree in choreography from the University of Utah, and have taught in communities, colleges and universities in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut, Utah, and Colorado.
Mary Wohl Haan /HAAN Dances
260 S. 38th St.
Boulder, CO 80305