Mark Franko

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Mark Franko is a Professor of Dance and Chair of the Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Work of Dance: Labor, Movement, and Identity in the 1930's (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics, Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body, and The Dancing Body in Renaissance Choreography. He is the co-editor of Acting on the Past: Historical Performance Across the Disciplines. His articles on dance and performance have appeared in Discourse, PMLA, The Drama Review, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Theatre Journal, and in numerous anthologies.

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Mark Franko has maintained a unique dance career bridging and intertwining practice and theory. He and his company, NovAntiqua, have been performing in the United States and abroad since 1985. Franko's dancing background is diverse: he began his dance career with Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, later appeared in classical repertory, as well as in Oskar Schlemmer's "Bauhaus Dances" under the direction of Debra McCall.

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Mark Franko's choreography has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Getty Research Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Zellerbach Family Fund and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. NovAntiqua has appeared at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), the Berlin Werkstatt Festival, the de la Torre Bueno Award Ceremony (Lincoln Center, New York), France's Toulon Art Museum, the Montpellier Opera, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Princeton University Theater and Dance Series, the Haggerty Art Museum (Milwaukee), and ODC Theatre San Francisco.

Photos by Marty Sohl, Beatriz Schiller, Ernestine Ruben, Tom Caravaglia,
Midori Shinye, Lillian Gee, and Craig Schwartz (courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust)

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