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von Mark Bankin

A water-study dance concert on a 19th century warship explores amnesia, illness, loss, and the afterlife.

Closed-loop, gradation, and simultaneous canon interludes, together with the dance translation of arpeggios, and tremolos, consider Peter Grimes, Come and Go, and Jean Cebron. An ensemble of Isadora Duncan dancers necromantical work with found material from a rapidly disintegrating dance archive to explore collective/individual/subjective memory, oral/personal/living history, and question what would be the point in remembering.

Mark Bankin is a choreography and Kinetography Laban movement notator. He has worked as a Butoh dancer in Japan with Tetsuro Fukuhara and Gekidan Kaitaisha, studied at the Folkwang School in Germany. Further he was awarded a Fulbright grant for his MFA thesis from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris. Mark is the first foreigner in China’s history permitted to study dance at the National Minority University of China. From 2018-2022, he built an award-winning archive of now extinct Tibetan Gorshay dances both on the ground in China and then with the Tibetan Diaspora. Mark currently works as a movement notator with Core of Culture’s Bhutanese Dance Archive, volunteers teaching dance at Saint Ann's Psychiatric Hospital, and lives in the Integral Yoga Ashram.

Concept/Choreography: Mark Bankin
Interpretation: Holly Mitchell, Rosy Gentle, Luisa Rüster, Sara Valenti
Producer: Apricot Productions

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