• Marsha Barsky

    Company Rose











    Marsha Barsky is a working practitioner and teacher of the Alexander Technique (AT), and the choreographer and artistic director of Company Rose. Her work in AT is informed by her many years as a choreographer, performer and teacher of dance, while her artistic direction for Company Rose is inspired by the ease and freedom of AT-directed choreography.
    As an organization, Marsha Barsky/Company Rose provides a diverse public with opportunities to experience private lessons, workshops, and live performances.

    Company Rose

    Formed in 2008 by Marsha Barsky, Company Rose aims to create and present high-quality contemporary dance that thoughtfully combines historical awareness with contemporary relevance. Primarily project-based, Company Rose presents work in traditional and non-traditional spaces including warehouses, art museums, galleries, universities and public spaces. Although rooted in the Southeast, Company Rose benefits from constant exploration of the modern world, and the dance that emerges in it. This kind of collaborative approach has led to original evening-length works relating to Impressionism, Expressionism, Pop Art/Andy Warhol, John Cage, Japonisme, Athletics and the quotidian for venues such as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Neuhoff Center and the Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.

    Company Rose is proud to be fiscally sponsored by abrasiveMedia, a 501(C)(3) organization. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribute to our next project please contact abrasiveMedia at info@abrasivemedia.org.

    Marsha Barsky

    Marsha Barsky is a Nashville native and the founding director of Company Rose. Since 1997 she has created thought-provoking work that addresses tangible aspects of existence through the beauty and strength of a unique contemporary dance aesthetic. Marsha’s movement invention considers the nature of embodied presence through contemporary dance, improvisation, ballet, yoga, ideokinesis, the Alexander Technique, meditation and, most recently, tennis. She received her BFA in Dance from Arizona State University and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Marsha has trained in somatics, the Alexander Technique and yoga with many of the field's most notable teachers both in the US and abroad, including David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Liat Waysbort, Nada Diachenko, Michelle Ellsworth, Elina Mooney, Cliffe Keuter, Joe Goode, Mary Fitzgerald and members of Ballet Preljocaj. Marsha is an avid traveller, and spends her summers studying throughout Europe.


    Marsha’s choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US and France. She has been a company member of Desert Dance Theatre and Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, and has danced in works by Gabriel Masson, Sean Curran, Pat Graney, Bill Evans, Kim Neal Nofsinger, Ana Baer, Stephanie Batten-Bland, and Ivan Pulinkala. She has collaborated with numerous visual artist and musicians including David Heustess, Kristofer Hill, Colin O'Donohoe, VORTEX Percussion Ensemble, Benton C Bainbridge, Mark Hosford, Liz Scofield and SoPercussion.


    As a university professor, Marsha has taught a broad array of classes in the studio and in the classroom. She has been on faculty at the Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Western Kentucky University and CU Boulder, and has taught at numerous studios, festivals, intensives and residencies. From 2003-2007 she served as the Director of the Vanderbilt Dance Program, a community-oriented dance center housed in the Office of the Dean of Students. She is a certified yoga instructor, through the Eldorado Yoga Ashram in Boulder, CO (2002). After years of study and research, Marsha became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (ATI) under the direction of Robin Gilmore, in 2011.


    Marsha, Assistant Professor, is currently the Director of the Dance Program at Middle Tennessee State University, where she teaches courses in contemporary dance, choreography, the Alexander Technique, and dance studies. She has been recently appointed an Affiliate Professor, Chengdu University in Chengdu, China.  


    Performances and Workshops

    Current Events

    That You Have
    Frist Center for the Visual Arts
    January, 29 2016
    7:00 p.m.

    Frist Center Auditorium

    Gallery admission required; members free

    Seating is first come, first seated
    Nashville-based Company Rose, in partnership with the Middle Tennessee State University Dance Program and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, is pleased to present That You Have, an evening-length contemporary dance performance that explores central themes and images conjured up by the exhibition Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art.Marsha Barsky’s original choreography will be performed by members of Company Rose, who will be joined for the occasion by students from an MTSU Special Topics course in Dance. That You Have responds directly to works in the Frist Center exhibit, while exploring related areas that overlap with contemporary dance, in which dancers create tableaux of work that are rooted in time and space, materiality and the ephemerality of passing time. Images evoked by light, shadow, presence, and absence appear to the audience like glimpses of lives lived, only to fade into the obscurity of memory and fantasy.
    From the exhibition to the performance space, audience members will experience how ideas of representation, memory, and consciousness can be interwoven into chroeographic structures and movement motifs, finding in their own experience of the performance feelings of empathy, remembrance, and compassion. This work is sponsored in part by the MTSU Faculty Research and Creativity Activity Award, presented to Marsha Barsky in 2015.

    Past Events

    Pools of Glass - This piece drew inspiration from Japonisme, and was made for the exhibition Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan for The Frist Center for Visual Arts. 
    Tilling Green - Created specifically for the German Expressionism from the Detroit Institute for the Arts exhibit at the Frist Center. Tilling Green is a deeply subjective work that is rooted in the inner essence of the self.
    Serendipity 3 - A dance performance centered on the work of Andy Warhol and created specifically for WARHOL LIVE, MUSIC AND DANCE IN ANDY WARHOL’S WORK for the Frist Center for Visual Artis. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work, in which objects, ideas, techniques, and people were combined to create spontaneous, but reproducible artworks and performances, the work is a journey through movement, sounds, style and images from Warhol’s world.
    Fads and Fancies in the Academy - A new dance performance in celebration of the life and work of John Cage in collaboration with Vortex Percussion Ensemble, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University.
    bittersweet souvenirs - Created specifically for the THE BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY for the Frist Center, bittersweet souvenirs examines the emergence of novelty in the face of tradition.
    Leveche - A contemplation on presence in the face of the unpredictable, Leveche surveys the vicissitudes of shifting atmospheres through the moving self. It reexamines the choreographic process, wherein style becomes a habit rather than an innovation.
    A PLACE A PART - This dance explores images of restriction and expansion within a metal crinoline gown.


    "Company Rose is a modern dance troupe founded by Marsha Barsky, who has choreographed performances inspired by Frist exhibits as disparate as Andy Warhol and the collection of the Musée d’Orsay. If our instincts are correct, the performance they’ve arranged to coincide with the current exhibit of German Expressionism may be the best one yet. We’re thinking Fritz Lang films, Cabaret-style Weimar Republic references, and tons of emotional tension." - Laura Hudson, Nashville Scene

    “The first half included a fabulous dance piece set to Cage's 'Fads and Fancies in the Academy,' featuring local dance troupe Company Rose. Their performance might best be described as a comic mini-ballet, as dancers alternated between movements of athletic grace and clownish parody, and I've rarely heard so much laughter during a dance performance. If last night's Company Rose performance is any indication, fans of modern dance would be well-advised to check out their performances.” - Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene


    "I had the pleasure of seeing [Company Rose's] premiere of A Place A Part, choreographed by artistic director Marsha Barsky. This particular piece juxtaposed routine-like, mechanical pedestrian gestures against high energy exploding jumps, wringing twists of the torso, and spiraling turns. The work made use of several lifts and counterbalances often between two dancers, but also between one or more dancers and a hauntingly beautiful wire sculpture.... By the time the first high energy unison section arrived, the piece became a living, breathing organism and it was almost impossible to discern where the music, lights and sculpture ended and the dancing began." - Teresa Simpson, The Crafty Ballerina



    "The Self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."
    - John Dewey


    The Alexander Technique (AT) is a process of learning how to move with more ease, freedom, efficiency, support and balance. The technique encourages integration and coordination of the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual spheres of the Self, by awakening and refining sensory awareness. AT promotes a deep understanding to the means whereby we respond to stimuli, fostering a harmonious relationship between the Self and the world. The heart of AT is to recognize our "primary control" and thereby promotes free, easy, unfettered and invigorated movement throughout our entire being.

    Marsha Barsky teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals in her Nashville, TN studio, and also provides lessons to groups on location throughout Middle Tennessee. She is available for introductory workshops in the technique, and she can tailor a workshop to the specific needs of a group, ensemble, orchestra, team, company or organization.


    Your Alexander lesson will involve gentle hands-on guidance and verbal instructions to expand awareness of your body's nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Lessons are designed to reawaken and restore your body's natural balance through recognizable and familiar movement pathways -- sitting, standing, walking, speaking -- so that you can exert less effort and tension while performing these tasks. As a result, nefarious habits are unlearned, and you develop 'good use' that gradually comes to be incorporated into daily activities. You will find yourself performing all types of activities with ease and poise, and you will be better able to respond to the many stresses of life.
    The length of private lessons varies according to the needs of the student or group, but are typically 30 - 60 minutes long, and 5 - 10 lessons are suggested in order to receive the benefits of the technique.
    Contact Marsha to receive more information on rates for private or group lessons and workshop, or to schedule your session.

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    Choreography by Marsha Barsky/Company Rose 

    Fall, 2014
    Performed by members of the MTSU Dance Theatre 
    "Moments of Awakening" 
    Spring, 2014
    Performed by members of the MTSU Dance Theatre 
    Serendipity 3 excerpt 
    A dance performance centered on the work of Andy Warhol and created specifically for WARHOL LIVE, MUSIC AND DANCE IN ANDY WARHOL’S WORK for the Frist Center for Visual Artis. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work, in which objects, ideas, techniques, and people were combined to create spontaneous, but reproducible artworks and performances, the work is a journey through movement, sounds, style and images from Warhol’s world.

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