Joyce Theater

Five Things About the Rebellious Maguy Marin

By Nicole Birmann Bloom

1. Maguy Marin started as a ballet dancer

After 10 years of training in ballet, Marin began studying at MUDRA, Maurice Béjart's famous multidisciplinary school in Brussels (1970-1988). She then joined his company, Le Ballet du XXème siècle, and toured. After working briefly in theater, she decided to go on her own, and created Le Ballet Theatre de l’Arche; she emerged in the late 1970s as part of the French new wave dance scene.

2. She incorporates elements of theater in her work

Right away, she stood apart from the other choreographers of that period for her strong dance theater aesthetics integrating the use of the voice, objects, sound, and music.

3. Compagnie Maguy Marin is an ensemble of collaborators

Throwing Shade: Lighting designer Mikki Kunttu’s Ongoing Collaboration with Tero Saarinen

By Laura Diffenderfer, with help from Terhi Mikkonen

KunttuMikki_hi-res-1.jpgMikki Kunttu carves light, shade, and smoke into stunning dreamscapes.The lighting and set designer for Tero Saarinen’s Morphed, Kunttu is currently one of the most sought-after stage designers in Europe, having worked with artists such as Jorma Elo, Jirí Kylián, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, in addition to Saarinen, with whom he has collaborated since 1993. Kunttu has won many prestigious awards, including a 2005 “Bessie” Award for lighting design for his work with Saarinen and Akram Khan. We sat down with Kunttu to learn more about his unique style and his vision for Morphed.

You and Tero have been working together a long time. How did the collaboration begin, and how has it evolved?