Victoria Marks1997

As an independent choreographer, a collaborator in film projects and a facilitator in the creation of community-based art work, Marks' oeuvre is rich with the materials of real life. Plundering the vast storehouse of contemporary dance styles and "beautiful" technique without permitting virtuosity to dominate, she is interested in the meanings that movement carries, its emotional and psychological weight. Marks explores representation, mortality, solitude, community, and the knowledge possible in, and through, fully inhabited bodies. She creates passionate, transformative dances that illuminate our time.

"I work to redress stereotypes (like physical ability, body shape and the age of who dances), challenge taboos (by portraying disabled men and women as sexy and witty), revalue parts of life that have been devalued (by giving girls a voice and legitimizing their experience), and create images to move forward with (by portraying relationships on stage that give us models for communication or connection)."