my name is marion.
I am an interdisciplinary dance artist currently living on the unceded land of the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie peoples, known today as brooklyn ny.
I was raised by two Mesoamerican archaeologists from Latin America, surrounded by remnants of the Americas’ first civilizations. Watching my parents dig in the sun all day, I came to understand work as an intersection of body, mind and imagination.
As a child I developed a vast imagination—in the back of a car driving for hours through rural Oaxaca, playing quietly in the dirt at an archaeological site, on so many airplane rides to visit family. I let myself be wild and take up space in my dreams. I started dancing and making dances as a way to embody, excavate and traverse these dream-world landscapes. It transformed the marrow in my bones and the cells under my skin.
-this lineage shapes the person I have become, the work I make, and the community I build-
Today, I use performance to invite others to witness terrains of my imagination. Embracing a life and creative process guided by feminine, feminist, antiracist, anticapitlist and abolitionist practices, I weave the archive of my personal lineage - people, places, artifacts, stories, lessons - together with system-level themes of climate catastrophe, capitalism, the apocalypse and utopia as a way of both making sense of and moving towards the horizon of a better world.
I am made and supported by the communities I come from—which are multigenerational, multiracial, and multi-gendered. My work and process reflect that. Leading dance spaces, I let myself be guided by intuition, spending time and attention to create a container of trust out of which collective creativity can thrive. I invite the fleshy challenges of real life into the room, no matter how challenging they are some days, embracing the unknown, the weird, the rigor, the beautiful, the real.
photos by Maria Baranova