Live performance

“What is my civic responsibility as an artist?”  This question drove my recent work, as I began creating a collection of pieces that include “Not About Iraq,” “Action Conversations” and “Veterans.”  Through a set of poetics only accessible through dance, these works question the place of the body in matters of heroics, valor and truth. 

As much as these works are about being a citizen and an artist, they represent an effort to find ways that dancing can conjure meaning and speak about our experience. I am always having an argument with dancing, and simultaneously longing to love it more. So these pieces are a reconciliation, working to understand what dancing can and cannot do in my hands.  These are dances about action and the way movement can strike metaphors about vitality, impermanence, uncertainty, beginnings and endings.

Victoria Marks

Photo by Jeff Zucker