Bruce Marks (published 1982)

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Title

Bruce Marks (published 1982)

Description

Marks discusses his role as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. He presents his interpretation of a particular scene in Swan Lake where Prince Siegfried spots Odette. Marks speaks about the intuitiveness of the Prince's character, and wishes for more music in the Tchaikovsky score before the pas de deux.

Biographical note:

Marks is a renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, coach, and arts advocate. Born in New York in 1937, he began his career as a modern dancer specializing in it at the High School of the Performing Arts and then at the Julliard School. He studied ballet at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. Marks was promoted to principal at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in 1958 and was principal at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) from 1961-1971. He and his wife and frequent partner, Toni Lander, resigned from ABT in 1971 to join the Royal Danish Ballet where he was the first American to dance as principal. In 1978 he became the artistic director and principal choreographer of the Ballet West in Salt Lake City. He was artistic director of the Boston Ballet for 12 years beginning in 1985. He left Boston in 1997 but in 2006 emerged from retirement to direct Orlando Ballet, after the sudden death of their director, Fernando Bujones. Marks currently lives in Florida, where he is at work on his autobiography.

Publisher

Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

April 21, 1979
January 29, 1980

Rights

Copyright

Access Rights

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Relation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeO2evl8az8

Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Newman, B. (1992). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. New York: Limelight Editions

Identifier

marks1979apr21_sidea_clip.mp3

Provenance

Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

Rights Holder

Barbara Newman, Bruce Marks

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Audio Cassette Tape

Digital Format

mp3

Digital Master

marks1979apr21_sidea.wav
marks1980jan29_sideb.wav

Duration

00:01:48

Bit Rate/Frequency

128 kbps/24 kHz

Interviewer

Barbara Newman

Interviewee

Bruce Marks, 1937-

Location

The Mayflower Hotel, New York, NY

Additional content

"It's become a cliche: "I've felt as if I'd known him all my life." But that's exactly how I felt watching Bruce Marks dance, as if I'd gone to school with him for years and home to meet his family and out to the movies on Saturday nights. Even at his most regal, to me he was a mensch first and a prince afterward. But everyone could see that he peopled his dancing with flesh and blood men, and infused it with the kind of genuine emotion that many people spend their real lives trying to deny. Most dancers refine their art until it looks natural; Marks seemed to refine his nature until it became art," Barbara Newman (1992).

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Citation

“Bruce Marks (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed September 28, 2021, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/34.

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