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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.
That You Have
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
January, 29 2016
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.
“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
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.
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