Maria the Storm Cloud (1998)

“Smart, slyly hilarious…absurdist theater that leaves one in awe of the daringly unfettered acting.” – Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times, 4/6/99

In a landscape of swiveling stools, Maria The Storm Cloud tackled the frailties of the human heart with absurd humor and sharp physicality. Featuring original music by Sean O’Hagan and Jim O’Rourke. Co-commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, On the Boards and DiverseWorks. Supported by the National Dance Project and the National Performance Network and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Pillow Works Commissions.

Production Credits

Maria The Storm Cloud (1998)
with Dayna Hanson, Gaelen Hanson and Peggy Piacenza

Choreography/Direction: Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson
Light design: Lara Wilder
Original Music: Sean O’Hagan and Jim O’Rourke

Touring History:


  • Inroads Festival Of The Americas, Miami, FL
  • DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
  • On the Boards, Seattle, WA


  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • University Of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY
  • The Wagon Train Project, Lincoln, NE
  • Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel, CA
  • The Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, MA