When Maria Lexa came to Denmark in 1980, she performed her solo comic
performance, Tango and her performance - demonstration "Kaleidoscope". When
it became clear that she would stay in Denmark, she established a theatre with
the name Teatret Dragen, or in English, "Dragon Theatre", to represent her solo
An extended theatre course which Maria taught in Aarhus in 1981 evolved into a
theatre group with 9 actors and Maria Lexa at the helm as artistic director.
Teatret Dragen expanded to include Teatergruppen Dragen. The group produced
two performances, Dragespillet (The Dragon Play) and Omnium, which toured in
Denmark and abroad through 1984.
In the ensuing years, Maria Lexa developed her solo repertoire, under the aegis
of Teatret Dragen. In 1986, in collaboration with French director Bernard Colin,
she created L"Odysée Illustrée, a solo performance about the classic Greek epic,
in which she plays all the characters and journeys through a variety of theatrical
forms. In 1991, she and Colin again collaborated on Kilden (The Source), a solo
mask performance about the medieval legend of Parsifal and his search for the
Holy Grail. These performances toured for more than a decade.
Since 2001, Maria Lexa has been artistic director of Sun & Moon Ensemble in
San Francisco. Parallel to this, Teatret Dragen remains as the framework for
Maria Lexa's solo works and collaborations with performing groups, educational
institutions, and theatre projects in Denmark. Teatret Dragen is also a member of
DATS (Landsforening for Dramatisk Virksomhed).
In 2013, Maria Lexa led master classes for the mask theatre group Dunkelfolket
from Aalborg, and co-directed their 2014 performance, Snehvide. In 2014, in
collaboration with Quonga Teaternetværk, Maria Lexa directed Medea, Medea,
an original work with 12 performers, which premiered at QuongaFest in Aarhus,
and subsequently toured the region. In summer 2017, Maria Lexa will direct
Kosmos, an outdoor performance featuring theatre, dance, comedy, giant
puppets, mask theatre, and live music. During Aarhus Festuge 2017 (Aarhus
Festival Week 2017), the production will be presented at Kvindemuseet, (The
Womens' Museum) and will tour around Denmark. Kosmos is a collaboration
between Teatret Dragen and FO-Aarhus.