What moves you?
The need to feel vitality, moving dynamically through space-laterally, vertically, in and out of the floor and in the air.
The memory of communal learning experience through dance class with my fellow contemporary dancers in New York.
The need to create in the form of movement improvisation.
My intellectual interest in movement and the body in relationship to itself, others, and space.
Partnering. I Love Partnering. I am addicted to the complex interplay between trust, potential danger, physics, the unknown and sensing.
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Yes! Yes! Yes!
-a dance inspired by one of New York's most legendary underground dance parties, the Loft-
Mark Schmidt is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and educator who regularly collaborates with artists working in film animation, visual art, sound, fashion and set design. He holds a BA with a concentration in Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research and MFA in Performance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. In October 2013, he premiered his first commissioned choreography Por Una Cabeza at Gotham Hall through the generous funding of Heena and Dhan Pai. His solo Macha Me, inspired by the iconic photographer Cindy Sherman, was selected for the 4th Detroit Dance Race in 2013, and in 2012 he was the recipient of a NewSteps space grant to create new work at Chen Dance Center in New York.
As a performer, Mark has danced for choreographers: Luis Malvacias, Jeremy Nelson, Erick Montes, Malcolm Low, and Shandoah Goldman. He has also appeared in film and video projects by Danish photographer/director Rie Rasmussen, most recently in 2015. When not performing for others or creating his own work, he occasionally assists art director Reynaldo Davis Carter. This includes sets for fashion publications Italian Vogue, Vs. Magazine, and L'Officiel.
Mark is a somatics educator and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has a private practice combining anatomical awareness, movement efficiency and functional strength training. As a guest artist he offers classes in Contemporary Partnering, Improvisation, House and Movement and Self Awareness. He formerly served as the Curatorial Committee Vice Chair at Dance Parade Inc. from 2014-2019.