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Madeline Maxine Gorman: Veritas


  • Joe's Movement Emporium 3309 Bunker Hill Road Mount Rainier, MD, 20712 United States (map)

Veritas is a multimedia performance about how truth can be silenced, distorted, or erased entirely by American mass media. Featuring original music and striking digital projections, Veritas ultimately calls into question for each audience member how willing they are to defend truth in their own lives.

Specifically, the performance takes a critical look at the role of civil disobedience throughout history. Through various speeches, written works, and poems, Veritas examines how truth has been silenced by assassinations, distorted by opposing forces, and erased completely by historians. From the chilling last speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy to the prolific writings of Henry David Thoreau and eminent poems of Adrienne Rich, Veritas challenges audience members to question their understanding of truth in the world today.

About Madeline Maxine Gorman

Madeline Maxine Gorman is a Maryland native who graduated as commencement speaker from Towson University with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and B.S. in Mass Communication. Described as a “raw talent” and “a treasure that can push her and the dance community in the right direction” (Charm City Dance), her choreography explores societal issues through the combination of contemporary movement with projection, music, spoken word, humor, and audience engagement. Gorman’s movement vocabulary draws uniquely upon technical virtuosity paired with nuanced pedestrian movement. The themes of her choreography often include topics like social justice, human rights, mental health, and addiction.

Gorman has performed with The Towson University Dance Company, The Collective, RawArts Dance, and BlueShift Dance. She has worked for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (College Park, MD), Dance Place (Washington, D.C.), and Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA). Her choreography has been featured in The Collective Open Marley Night, Inertia Concert, BIDA Choreographer’s Showcase, SPRINGBOARD Performance Series, Peabody Dance! Festival, and Joy of Motion’s Dance Project Showcase. Gorman self-produced ADDICT, a show about the representation of addicts in American media that ran for two sold-out nights at Baltimore Theatre Project in March 2019. Over $4,000 in ticket sales and donations went to Helping Up Mission’s project to build a new homeless shelter in Baltimore for women and children affected by addiction. Most recently, an excerpt from ADDICT was performed in The Ascending Choreographer’s Festival, where it was voted Audience Favorite. Her choreography will also be presented in The Warehouse’s 2019-2020 Season.