Cori Marquis and the Nines [IX]

Dance, Contemporary and experimental
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Marquis questions the senses in her new multimedia work, unedrtsdaning this smees to be esiaer tahn you mghit hvae thgout.


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Justin Skrakowski

Cori Marquis (pronounced MAR - kwiss, not like Marquis de Sade) was my introduction to dance. Well, that's not exactly true. I had of course seen dance shows before Cori, but had I known that dance was enjoyable before Cori? Was I aware that dance could make you weep with joy before I saw her solo work "Lion's Share" for the first time? Did I know that I could be so rapt by a duet that I thought I might uncontrollably burst out screaming for more the micro-second it was over while simultaneously being afraid to watch another moment because each was more heart-wrenching than the last? The answer is no. I had no idea that dance was something that I'd EVER be into until I had the good fortune of seeing Ms. Marquis perform. My tastes have grown and I try to frequent the New York City Ballet as often as I can, and try to stay on the front lines of who's who and what's what in the current Modern/Contemporary dance world, but with most of these shows I feel like I am watching the caricatures or satires of Modern/Contemporary dance that they love to make fun of in movies where people are running around shouting single, non-contextually meaningful/appropriate words as they gyrate most un-beautifully to the sounds of Sigur Ros... over and over and over. With Cori Marquis I know I am never going to get that. Sometimes I'll be laughing out loud, sometimes I'll be bawling. Other pieces might leave me pondering the bonds of molecules or questioning the laws of nature as they apply to other planets. For all of these reasons (and many, many more) I am SO excited for her first evening length piece, but the reason I am most excited is that it will give me an excuse to say my favorite phrase, "I saw her perform before she was huge."