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Mauriah Donegan Kraker

Lecturer, Dance


MFA, Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BFA, Dance, UW-Milwaukee


Mauriah Donegan Kraker is a Midwesterner, a collaborative performance maker, a walker, improviser, teacher. She is an advocate for slow travel: walking around the block and through the city as a means of attending to choreographic unfolding of time cycles in the body + land.

Mauriah holds a BFA in Dance from UW-Milwaukee and an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she served as the director of the Children’s Dance Program. She has taught at Universities and cultural centers throughout the US and Europe, facilitating movement workshops that draw on sounding, walking, improvisatory, and outdoor practices.

Her background in athletics (competing as an Olympic-level athlete, touring with Pilobolus Dance Company, and being raised in a family that walked and biked everywhere) is a driver in the creation of highly physical works attentive to precision, restraint and abandon. She has led folks on site walks through the Italian Alps, sound walks in southern France, and outings to highway underpasses and prairies in the Midwest- the walks culminating in participatory scores and dance performance.

For the past decade, Mauriah has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a dancer and an Artistic Associate. In 2018, she danced alongside Jennifer Monson, premiering the critically acclaimed duet bend the even at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City. She currently writes and makes dances about place and endurance with her long distance collaborator, Leah Wilks. Find her: teaching in the Dance + Theatre Departments at UW-Milwaukee, walking + mapping the flatlands of the Midwest, and touring an evening length work built on scores investigating exhaustion + endurance.