Company Rose sojourns in a host of traditional and non-traditional spaces as a way of both spreading and inspiring new forms of contemporary dance expression. The company performs at the Neuhoff Complex in historic Germantown, Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, the Frist Center for Visual Arts, Shelby Park and Ingram Hall of the Blair School of Music. The company, uniquely Southern, brings to each performance venue sophisticated dances, from a tradition-bound region lush with possibilities.
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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.
Amy began her dance training at Nashville School of the Arts. She has since performed with Foxwood Contemporary Dance Company, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Epiphany Dance Theatre, Found Movement Group, and Vanderbilt Dance Theatre, as well as in work by Wendy Allen, Lori Merriman,Teena Marie Custer, T. Lang, Travis Gatling and Angie Simmons. She is currently pursuing her degree in dance studies at Middle Tennessee State University and her certificate in Laban Movement Analysis through the Integrated Movement Studies program at the University of Utah. Amy is excited about her opportunity to work with Company Rose.
Marsha Barsky/Company Rose is pleased to partner with The Frist Center for Visual Arts and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University to present “Pools of Glass.”
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.
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.
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.
“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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