My name is Marion, and I am a dancer, choreographer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. My choreographic investigations focus around creating movement, sound and light studies that build an immersive world to live in, dream in and be changed by. My process pushes sociopolitical, personal and imaginative boundaries while also siphoning nuanced emotion. Engaging with concepts far bigger and stranger than myself, I push my person past comfort kinetically and imaginatively to discover and then examine and shape what transformation occurs. My practice is a multi-media collaging of visual, written and movement forms. My creative process includes a rigorous physical practice, but also singing, reading, writing, recording, taking photographs, drawing, listening, meditation and discussion. It's a priority in my process and work to critically examine my privilege, my whiteness, and acknowledge my benefit from white supremacy while listening and being an ally active in the work of dismantling white supremacy as a white artist.
My work has been presented in New York by Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, the Dance Now Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Gibney, and the Domestic Performance Agency. I have been an Artist in Residence at Amherst College, Turkeyland Cove Foundation, the Peaceable Barn, Gibney, Prattsville Arts Center and Catwalk Art Institute. I began making dances professionally while living and learning in New Orleans (2011-2015). My work was presented there at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Dancing Grounds, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Tigermen Den.
I currently dance for Kendra Portier and Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, and am collaborating with dance artist Simon Thomas-Train. Since moving to New York I have had the pleasure of collaborating and performing with Michelle Boulé, Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shandoah Goldman/Carte Blanche Performance, Vanessa Justice, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Michiyaya, Hollis Bartlett, and apprenticing and performing with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making work, I also teach dance to adults and young dancers in the New York area. I am currently on faculty at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School.
Originally from Riverside, Connecticut, I was partly raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, where my parents (both Mesoamerican Archaeologists) do their fieldwork. I graduated with honors from Vassar College in 2009, where I studied Geography-Anthropology and was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre for four years. Instilled with wanderlust and the constant desire to adventure, take risks, and experience things and places I don't know, I have been lucky over the last 10 years to call Honolulu Hawaii, Boulder Colorado, and New Orleans Louisiana home before landing in New York City.
photo © Whitney Browne Photography II "WOLF" II 2018
banner photo © Jessie Young II "storm studies" II 2018