Directing and Composition


Experimental theatre, physical theatre and dance theatre are Dahm’s areas of expertise – attracted to bold and complex themes, her work is avant-garde in its approach, but not at the expense of meaning and accessibility. With a professional background and extensive training in both theatre and dance, her work is an authentic and visceral blend of both art forms and approaches.

Whether directing an original composition, or re-imagining an existing work, Madeleine has a clear point of view about the world in which the play takes place – finding unique entry points into narrative, character and the physical landscape. Madeleine has a strong commitment to training based theatre and her own emergent process with performers, draws out individuality and ultimately builds a dynamic, fluid ensemble.

The ‘architecture of light’ is the main design element in her work, her long time collaborator has been award winning lighting designer Bosco Flanagan.

WORK – USA includes: Wallis AnnenbergRoyce Hall, Freud Playhouse, New York Fringe Festival, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Highways, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, The Ivar, Dance Kaleidoscope Festival, Dance on Camera, Roxy Theatre, Lillian Theatre… UK/Europe: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glasgow Arts Festival, Ostrava Stadium, Covent Garden Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Place Theatre, Oval House, Chisenhale, Holborn Arts Centre, Resolutions Festival, Wembley Arena, Hackney Empire…

 

  • IN DEVELOPMENT

    A NOVELLA IN VERSE

    Director and Dramaturge - An adaptation of the novella Isn't It Rich? An intoxicating journey through one woman's life, written by famed arts critic and international journalist Victoria Looseleaf. Featuring Hannah Chodos (The Actors Gang), Gleason Bauer (Zoo District), Bernadette Sullivan (Independent Shakespeare), Jasmine Albuquerque (WIFE). Music by the Emmy nominated Rodrigo Amarante.

  • CURRENT

    OCTOBERFEST THE MUSICAL - An Almost True Story

    Director and Choreographer - A new musical comedy: "Eternally Boisterous, occasionally sexy and always fun" - Broadway World.com. Book/Lyrics by Disney's Philip LaZebnik (Mulan). Music by Emmy winning composer Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop). Set: Jeff McLaughlin. Costumes: Georgia Richardson. Light Design: Bosco Flanagan. Orchestration: Tom Griep. Producer Ginger Perkins.

  • 2016

    WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS

    Director - A series of site specific performance pieces for WelcomeFest, a two day event which launched the 2016/2017 Wallis Season.
    Director - Mo.men.tum. Staged and directed an evening of dance theatre featuring the work of emerging choreographers - Bram Goldsmith Theatre.

  • 2014/16

    THE HOUSE IS BLACK

    Movement Director and Assistant Director
    Multi-media work about Iranian poet/activist Farough Farrokhzade, created by acclaimed singer Sussan Deyhim. Creative team includes Emmy winning composer Richard Horowitz, dramaturge Robert Egan.
    The Freud Playhouse
    and Royce Hall LA 2014/15. Chapel Hill, North Carolina Performing Arts 2016.

  • 2011

    EQUUS

    Director
    Re-imagining of Peter Shaffer’s psychological drama, integrating devised movement, soundscape, and horse photography. Theater Guild Award: Directing, Lead Actor, Sound Design, Light Design and Best Production. Morgan Wixson Theatre, LA.

  • 2001-2007

    GARUNG PHYSICAL THEATRE

    Founding Artistic Director
    Experimental movement based theatre company. Garung premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 2003. Later works include Perch, in support of Amnesty International, at the Lillian Theatre 2006. Critics Choice - LA Times, “A must go see” Steven Leigh Morris - LA Weekly.

  • COLLABORATIONS: 2000 -2004

    HOME - THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT - ROOM

    Movement Director - 'Ovation' wining collaboration, Zoo District Theater, Steven Haworth writer.
    Co-Artistic Director - Collaboration with painter Jon Watkiss of The Royal Academy of Art, and dancer Christopher Aponte of American Ballet Theatre. Art Institute of LA
    Choreographer - Short film by Sebastian Hedgcoe. Dances with Film Festival, Dance Camera West.

  • 2008-2016

    YOUTH THEATRE

    Director and Choreographer
    Full length productions for Young Adults (15-19). Experimental and contemporary productions: Macbeth, Prometheus, Finding Medussa, Much Ado About Nothing, Half the Sky..... and various original Testimonial Theatre works. Across california including the Whitefire Theatre and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, LA.

Review

Reviews:

“Dahm shakes up stuff, revealing painterly tableaux of beauty and wonder – this is theatre on the edge” Victoria Looseleaf – LA Times, Critics Choice Theatre.
“Dahm operates wholeheartedly in the realm of dream logic, where visions, images, and juxtapositions make inexplicable sense.” Julie Blkumenthal – New York Theatre.com