I’ve had the good fortune to work with many distinguished choreographers, but it is with Victoria Marks that I find my creative ideas most keenly challenged and focussed. We share decision-making and are always keen to try out new ideas; our approach is totally malleable. We listen and learn from our performers, whether trained or un-trained, whether dancers in wheelchairs or men in their 70’s. And we like sharing our considerable experience.
Together we’ve made many award winning dance films: OUTSIDE IN, with Candoco for the BBC; MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS for Channel 4; MEN for the BBC and VETERANS, performed by US Veterans from the West Los Angeles combat rehab clinic for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Vic and I have shared Artist Residencies at Jacob’s Pillow, Massachusetts and at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida
VETERANS – 2008
The film VETERANS tracks five US Vets recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as they make their way through the streets of Los Angeles. Locked in solitary battles of isolation, dislocation and memory, these Vets converge in a quiet alley and find themselves joining in a ritual re-enactment of combat before returning to their separate lives. Photographed by Margaret Williams.
Winner International Prize at VideoDansa Barcelona
MEN – 1997
An original dance film for television, conceived and filmed in the Canadian Rockies. Marks and Williams cast seven men in their sixties and seventies, who came from a variety of backgrounds and had never performed before. ‘The most impressive and uplifting twenty minutes of television to come along in years’ (Time Out). Photographed by David Scott and Margaret Williams.
Winner Choreography for the Camera Award, Moving Pictures, Toronto 1997; Screen Choreography Award at IMZ, Dance Screen Cologne, 1999
MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS – 1994
The film examines the potency and the sensuality of the relationship between mother and daughter. Marks and Williams worked with ten pairs of real mothers and daughters, many of whom had never performed before.
Winner of the 1994 Creation for Camera award and Grand Prix Video Danse and Jury Prize at 1996 IMZ Dance Screen. -`an inventive and captivating exploration and celebration of a special relationship’ (Sunday Times)
OUTSIDE IN – 1994
The first collaboration between American choreographer Victoria Marks and Margaret Williams. A film for six dancers from the CandoCo Dance Company, a group of integrated dancers. The film leaves a lasting impression of continual movement – a seamless stream of images, imprints and revelations.
Winner of the 1994 Screen Choreography award at Dance Screen, Best of Show at Dance on Camera New York, Prague d’Or, Golden Antenna of Bulgaria, Film Board of Canada Creativity Award at FIFA