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5 things to know about Mark Haim Mar 22, 2012

by Jessica

It's been two years since Mark Haim was last seen on the OtB stage as part of NW New Works. Refamiliarize yourself before X2 with these things to know about him:

This is Mark Haim’s 30th year as a choreographer! In these 30 years he has travelled the world to perform, set work and study in a myriad of locations. Appropriately, for X2 he has rehearsed and done residencies from Seattle to Durham to Beijing.

The list of places that Mark Haim has taught or set dances on is long and prestigious. He has created work for Nederlands Das Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, Jose Limon Dance Company and Joffrey II Dancers, amongst many others. From 2002-2008 He has also taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Hollins University, Reed College and was the UW Artist in Residence from 2002-2008.

The root of X2 was partially developed for the 2010 NW New Works Festival. The dance-meets-runway piece was a hit, with press praising it for its deceptive minimalism, humor and incredible 14 member cast.

The last time Mark Haim was seen in the Northwest Series was 2006 with The Goldberg Variations. This triumph of creativity and endurance was initially created as a solo for Mark that used the 30 variations and single aria of Bach’s work for the harpsichord. The sold-out weekend featured not just Mark, but a cherry-picked selection of Seattle dancers performing his original choreography, including Jim Kent, Sean Ryan, Amy O’Neal, Ellie Sandstrom and Tonya Lockyer.

Mark Haim’s uses music in a myriad of ways in his works. X2 features a classical composition called De Tijd (The Time) by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in the first act. This is juxtaposed against a series of country music tunes that set the tone for This Land Is Your Land.