Susan Marshall

Susan Marshall, Jason Treuting, and Suzanne Bocanegra

CHROMATIC a work in progress performance piece

Incubator Showcase
January 2015

“One constant in Marshall’s career:
She makes reality magical.”

-Deborah Jowitt

    Choreographer Susan Marshall, composer Jason Treuting and visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra come together in CHROMATIC. Inspired by Josef Albers’ 1963 masterpiece of color theory Interaction of Color, CHROMATIC generates its energy from collisions of color, sound, action, object and scale. The artists perform this work themselves – constructing and deconstructing, making and remaking.

    Susan Marshall (Artistic Director/Choreographer) As artistic director of Susan Marshall & Company, Marshall has, since 1985, created over 40 dances on her company, and has also created works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Marshall’s work with Philip Glass includes the stage direction of “Book of Longing,” a song cycle based on the poetry of Leonard Cohen; and the choreography, direction and co-adaptation of “Les Enfants Terribles,” a dance opera based on the work of Jean Cocteau. Marshall has also choreographed/directed the music ensembles Eighth Blackbird and Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra. A 2000 recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, Marshall has received numerous other awards, including three New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement, a Dance Magazine Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was one of the first artists to receive an American Choreographer Award. In addition to her own company’s work, Marshall serves as Director of Dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, having assumed that post in September 2009.


    Suzanne Bocanegra is an artist living and working in New York City. Her work has been seen in exhibitions in the United States and abroad, in such venues as the Serpentine Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hayward Gallery in London, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. Bocanegra’s most recent piece “Bodycast, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand” premiered at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and had its New York premiere as part of the Next Wave Festival at BAM in 2013. A recipient of the Rome Prize, Bocanegra has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a 2013 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.

    Composer Jason Treuting is a member of the New York-based quartet So Percussion. Trained at Eastman School of Music and Yale, he has performed with So and other ensembles around the world. Treuting has served as composer-in-residence at the Carlsbad Music Festival and the Canberra Int’l Music Festival, and been commissioned by Calder Quartet, janus trio, NOW Ensemble and the Orchestra of the League of Composers. He is currently Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University.

    “She doesn’t define virtuosity as that dazzle that reinforces the distinction between spectators and performers that she likes to blur.”
    -The Village Voice

    “Marshall loves not only human motion but the motion of objects.”
    -The Village Voice

    Susan Marshall Gets Intimate: The Village Voice

    Imbuing Convention With the Uncommon: The New York Times

    See the big premiere, download the sketch: The Star-Ledger

    Photo: Peter Serling © 2015. All rights reserved.

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