Victoria Marks Performance: An evening of short and experimental dance and dance films


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29 September 2016
Hillsborough Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Series presents Victoria Marks Performance on October 21st and 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the HCC Mainstage Theatre.

Victoria Marks brings an evening of short and experimental dance and dance film works to HCC’s Mainstage Theatre.  In this program, Marks presents “Captiva” the U.S. premiere of her new dance film collaboration with Margaret Williams and Willy Souly.  This film was created during a Rauschenberg Foundation residency at Robert Rauschenberg's twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island. The film considers the way drones are both toys and weapons. 

The performance also features duets and solos performed by the extraordinary Alexx Shilling and Willy Souly and the Florida premieres of “Solar Duplex,” “Tourette Floret” and “Not Everything is About You.”

A special addition to the program will include “Watch It” a work in progress, and an untitled work performed by the HCC Dance Ensemble. 

Ever experimenting with movement vocabularies and the way the architecture of a dance inflects a viewer’s experience, Victoria Marks enjoys asking, “What can a dance do, and what can a dance be?"

ABOUT THE WORK
Solar Duplex (2014) works to capture the conventionally “un-choreograph-able, “connecting a spectrum of head/tail, open/close actions, from sexual pleasure to social dance.    Dancers counter vitality and urgency with feebleness and uncertainty.  Bound together in time, yet alone. Parallel play.
 
Tourette Floret (2014) tells a loving story about compulsive action. Often, when a person has Tourette’s their bodies are in constant motion. Ordinary actions transform through repetition. 
 
Captiva (2016) the U.S. premiere of a dance film collaboration with Margaret Williams and Willy Souly. 
 
Additional works include: Not Everything is About You, Watch It, and an original piece performed by the HCC Dance Ensemble. 
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Victoria Marks, an Alpert Award winner, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, and Guggenheim and Rauschenberg Fellow, has been practicing knowing and unknowing, making dances for stage and film, for 37 years. Victoria Marks’s work migrates between “choreo-portraits” and “action conversations” for individuals who don’t identify as dancers, and dances for dancers that fuel her inquiries into movement.  Consistent across all is the project of rendering those who are invisible, visible, thru live performance and film.  Additional awards, honors and bio information can be found at www.victoriamarks.com

Alexx Shilling (dancer) began tap dancing in the wilds of Central New Jersey.  She makes dances, collects vinyl and cassette tapes, shoots 35 mm and super 8 film and enjoys roller skating (badly).  
 
Willy Souly (dancer) is a dance and music artist from Burkina Faso who has presented his own work in Los Angeles and globally.  A karaoke master in his spare time, Willy can be found polishing his listening skills, clearing rooms with his virtuosic foosball playing and practicing non-violence through Tae Kwon Do.
 
QUOTES
“These are dances that keep me interested in dance-making because they challenge my ideas about where a dance can come from, and where a dance can go.” – Victoria Marks
 
“Victoria Marks is a spoiler, a troublemaker, a true subversive.” - Lewis Siegel, Los Angeles Times
 
“A choreographer of superior intelligence, lyricism, and wit.” - Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice
 
For more press information, visit website at http://www.victoriamarks.com/Victoria_Marks_Performance/Press.html
 
All tickets to the performance are $10.
All HCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with valid ID. 
The box office opens one hour prior to the performance.

The Mainstage Theatre is in the Performing Arts Building of the HCC Ybor City Campus.  
It is located at the corner of E Palm Ave and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba).
 
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