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Blue Blog – Owen Marks

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Published on April 3, 2009

For Symphony Space’s annual Dance Sampler on April 25, twelve choreographers were asked to create short works on the theme “Blues in the Night.” Here’s what that inspired in Owen Marks.

The Blues in the Night theme is incorporated into my work very abstractly. The woman dancer in my piece wears a blue leotard (though that is not very abstract), but what I identify as “blue” is the chilling nature of the music. The music depicts, to me, a deep, velvety, navy blue sky with wisps of icy coolness blowing over the listener’s ear. The majesty of the music can be seen in natural examples, such as the ocean or “purple mountains majesty”… to name a few. Also, since the piece explores the various states of a relationship, from tender beginnings to tensile endings, I suppose you could also attribute the color blue as the metaphorical bruises one experiences in the throes of love.


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