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Sharon Marroquín Debuts World Premiere
Updated: Wednesday, February 15 2012, 07:19 AM CST
By Rob Faubion, Austin On Stage www.austinonstage.com
Sharon Marroquín Debuts World Premiere Dance Work about Breast Cancer
Running March 23 through 25 at Rollins Studio Theatre, The Materiality of Impermanence chronicles one dancer’s journey of fighting, accepting and surviving breast cancer.
Award-winning dancer and choreographer Sharon Marroquín will premiere her new dance work The Materiality of Impermanence - chronicling a dancer’s journey of acceptance in fighting and surviving breast cancer - on March 23 through 25 at Rollins Studio Theatre in The Long Center. Austin-based and Mexico City-born, Marroquín has been developing the ambitious contemporary dance work for the past 14 months and conceived The Materiality of Impermanence not only as a personal expression, but also as a tool for those facing a diagnosis - as well as for their loved ones and care providers.
The work brings Marroquín and her choreography together with ten other dancers to share her story of healing, accepting, understanding and celebrating the resilience of the human body and soul. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, grants and months of preparation, Sharon’s project has taken shape to reveal the healing powers of dance.
“Through The Materiality of Impermanence, I seek to express the ravages of breast cancer, and at the same time, manifest the beauty and strength of the human spirit," Marroquín said. "Using contemporary movement language, the piece will be structured as a series of solos, duets, trios and group sections, and will include eleven performers, aerial dance, music, text and video.”
Additionally, four local breast cancer survivors - along with Marroquín - will participate in the “Art and Healing” panel, along with a licensed psychotherapist and moderator Barbara Jo Stetzelberger. The five women will share their stories of personal transformation and healing, and the free event will take place at the Rollins Studio Theatre following the 2 p.m. performance on March 24th.
Marroquín has toured nationally and internationally throughout her life, relocating to Austin in 2000. She has choreographed pieces for Big Range Austin Dance Festival, Forklift Danceworks, Ballet East, Hot September Flurries and Tapestry Dance Company, and she has been awarded three times by the Austin Critics Table Award for "Outstanding Choreographer" and listed several times as one of the "Top Ten Dance Events" by The Austin Chronicle.
Performances will be held on March 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., and March 24 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $25 for general admission, and $10 for seniors, students and cancer survivors.
The Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre in located at The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, on the corner of Riverside and South First. For tickets and more information, call (512) 474-LONG (5664) option 1, or visit www.TheLongCenter.org.
(Photo courtesy Sharon MarroquÃn)