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Susan Marshall and Company, 3/4/06

February 27, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
SUSAN MARSHALL AND COMPANY
CLOUDLESS
MARCH 4, 2006, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, February 6, 2006—A master at transforming everyday movement into powerful abstract drama, Susan Marshall has perfected a unique style of emotional storytelling through critically acclaimed dances. Susan Marshall and Company returns to the Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. with a program celebrating Marshall’s 20 years with Dance Theater Workshop. Cloudless features Marshall’s physical, yet cerebral, imagery set to music in an eclectic collection of intimate pieces ranging in length from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

Marshall is a 2000 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Genius Fellowship. The MacArthur Fellows Program said Marshall’s choreography “illuminates the contemporary condition…[her] highly athletic, physical idiom is technically demanding …she fashions complex permutations that transform simple movements into rich expressions of dance.”

After the premiere of Marshall’s 1996 collaboration with Philip Glass, Les Enfants Terribles (also seen at George Mason University), The New York Times declared “I have seen the future of dance opera and it works…Groundbreaking…”
Marshall, whose work has been compared to Tanztheater pioneer Pina Bausch, has been praised by The Washington Post as “particularly adept in depicting the physically fit ideal trapped in a cruel irony,” her dancers described as, “muscular and ferociously peppy.”

Susan Marshall and Company, founded in 1982, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. The company appears at dozens of international festivals annually, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, Spoleto, the American Dance Festival, Vienna Tanz, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

In addition to the MacArthur Genius Award, Marshall has received a Dance Magazine Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Brandeis University Creative Arts Citation, and was one of the first artists to receive the American Choreographer Award. Marshall, together with her artistic collaborators, and company members, has received a total of nine New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) to date.
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Tickets for SUSAN MARSHALL AND COMPANY are $42, $34 and $21. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.