New York

Victoria Marks

Public Art Fund | Lincoln Center

The overheated affair between post-Modern dance and theater that has been going on for over a decade shows no signs of cooling off, despite a recent lack of inspired offspring. Victoria Marks is one of the few young choreographers who has thought her way through the pervasive influence of heavily theatricalized dance, both American (Karole Armitage, Twyla Tharp) and European (Pina Bausch, Maguy Marin), to create work that successfully exploits theatrical elements in movement terms without pandering to bastardized forms of glitz and/or heavy-handed theme-mongering. Her accomplishment is perhaps partly a result of her lack of kinetic ideology—Marks eschews esthetic party lines.

In previous works, Marks took her choreography to multimedia extremes, with slide projections and film sequences layered over the constantly rising and falling dancers to produce a dense, shifting mise-en-scène that

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