Monday, December 29, 2008

Arizona -- Aileen Mapes

Arizona – Aileen Mapes
Aileen Mapes has led an active role in the arts community for over 10 years and continues to devote her life to proliferating the arts. Aileen earned her BA in Sociology and BS in Dance from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. In 2002 she became a company member of Suchu Dance based in Houston, Texas. During her four-year development as a performing artist, under the direction of Jennifer Wood, Aileen performed in over 15 new works for which she received critical acclaim. While in Houston, she performed for multiple companies, as well as pursuing her own avant-garde dance. Aileen received funding for her independent work from the Creative Capital Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Downtown Alliance, and support from Houston Dance Source, and Spacetaker.
Aileen is now a resident of Tempe, Arizona while working towards her MFA in dance from Arizona State University. Already, her work is flourishing, and again involved in the community. Her work has been seen in the Galvin Theatre, ASU Art Museum, Pueblo Grande Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, The Icehouse, Alwun House, and more recently in Guerilla Dance, a Dance “Attack” around the city. Aileen attended the Dance For Camera workshop in Victoria, B.C. under guest artist Ellen Bromberg. Dance for Camera is a passion for her, and she continues to challenge the kinesthetic relationship of viewer and lens.

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