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“While many artists’ vocation is to study composition and make deliberate decisions regarding it, Parts to a Sum proposes that we can find brilliance in the composition of humanity itself, as if looking at a natural landscape.”
“Haim has a gift for spinning together the grounded, the elegant and the playful in a single piece.”
Choreographer Mark Haim asked 400+ friends and loved ones from around the world to send a 5-10 second movement phrase with the express purpose of including their movement in a new dance he would assemble. The result is 370 singular movement phrases from people ranging in age from 1.5 to 93 years old. A senior dancer (58 years old), Mark sees this dance as a challenge to “hold” a large amount of people to convey gratitude and the joy of our connectivity. A remarkable undertaking both physically and intellectually, the 90-minute solo celebrates decades of a life through movement.
“This Land Is Your Land” by Seattle choreographer and distinguished ADF faculty member Mark Haim is made for 14 performers in the minimalist tradition. This acclaimed work debuted in Paris. Set to a dynamic country music score, This Land is Your Land is based on a simple, continuously mutating walking pattern. Mark Haim uses culturally-identifiable props, from Starbucks cups to cell phones, to explore contemporary hot-button issues such as consumerism, environmental abuse and body image.
Mark Haim has been choreographing and teaching for over 25 years. He was Artistic Director of Mark Haim & Dancers from 1984-1987, and the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa from 1987-1990. He has created new works for dance companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, the Limon Dance Company, the Joffrey II Dancers, and the Rotterdamse Dansgroep, and has restaged his works on The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Djazzex, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. His full evening solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been performed at the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The John F. Kennedy Center, On The Boards and other venues in the U.S, Europe, Asia. His newest work, This Land Is Your Land, opened the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris, and has also been performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC and in the Nasher Museum of Art as part of the 2013 ADF performing series. Most recently, Mark choreographed for the Seattle Opera’s productions of The Consul and Tales of Hoffmann. Mark has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1993 and was the Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington Dance Program from 2002-2008. He has also taught at the Reed College, NC School of the Arts, University of Illinois, Ohio University, SMU, VCU, Cornell, JMU, and for schools and companies in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Argentina, Chile and Japan. He is a recipient of a NYFA Choreographers Fellowship, 2 NEA Choreographers Fellowships, and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc. and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Mark is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.