1982 – 1984

During this time Marshall creates work at The Yard where Marshall meets and works with Arthur Armijo and David Dorfman, and at home in New York with the repertory dance company CoDanceCo, connecting with Jackie Goodrich and David Landis. She forms Susan Marshall & Company and presents the first evening of entirely her own work at Emanu-El Midtown YM-YWHA to a small and encouraging audience. Other dancers who began collaborating with Susan Marshall at this time include Kathy Casey, Guillermo Resto, Lauren Dong and Donald Mouton. Arms premieres at a performance at PS 122 in New York.

Ward  |  Photographer Lois Greenfield, Performers Eileen Thomas and Jackie Goodrich


1985 – 1987

Susan Marshall & Company has its first one-week season at Dance Theater Workshop. The success of this season leads to a Bessie and a two-week season at DTW in 1986, followed by a three week season in 1987. The company begins touring, often with only three to seven dancers, including a trip to Spoleto/USA. Company dancers include Arthur Armijo, Beatrice Bogorad, Andrew Boynton, Kathy Casey, David Dorfman, Jackie Goodrich, David Landis, Jeff Lepore, Susan Marshall, Guillermo Resto and Eileen Thomas. In 1986 the company receives its first support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1987, Kiss premieres at Dance Theater Workshop.

Kiss  |  Performers Arthur Armijo and Kathy Casey


1988 – 1990

Marshall is commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music for its Next Wave Festival, premiering Interior With Seven Figures and marking the beginning of an ongoing relationship. The company hires its first company manager, Ryan Gilliam of Downtown Art Company, and tours extensively, including engagements in California, Oregon, Kentucky, Vermont, Montreal and Japan. The company appears at the Vienna Tanz ’88 festival, and Marshall receives the American Choreographer Award and the Brandeis University Creative Arts Citation. In 1989, Arms is adapted for television for “Alive From Off Center”, and In Medias Res is commissioned by the Frankfurt Ballet. Contenders, with music by Pauline Oliveros, premieres at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1990.

Contenders  |  Performers Arthur Armijo and Eileen Thomas


1991 – 1994

The company performs twice at the Festival Internationalle de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, and participates in a five-week tour to Eastern Europe, Cyprus and Turkey, sponsored by U.S.I.A/Arts America. “Alive From Off Center” commissions the creation of the film Contenders in 1991, bringing in Mark Obenhaus to direct and collaborate with Marshall on the translation for film, and Marshall collaborates with Francesca Zambello on two operas, Les Troyens (Los Angeles Opera) and Midsummer Marriage (New York City Opera). Standing Duet and Untitled (detail) premiere at The Kitchen in 1992. In 1994, Brooklyn Academy of Music premieres Fields of View (music by Philip Glass) and Spectators at an Event (video by Christopher Kondek and photos by WeeGee), and Lyon Opera Ballet commissions Central Figure. During this time, dancers include Arthur Armijo, Andrew Boynton, Mark DeChiazza, Allison Easter, Heidi Michele Fokine, Krista Langberg, Jeff Lepore, Susan Marshall, Andre Shoals, Eileen Thomas and Scot Willingham.

Untitled (detail)  |  Performers Andre Shoals, Arthur Armijo, Heidi Michele Fokine

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1995 – 1997

Marshall works with Philip Glass on Les Enfants Terribles, The Children of the Game, a dance/opera composed by Glass, directed and choreographed by Marshall and produced by IPA. Les Enfants has its European Premiere in Zug, Switzerland and its U.S. Premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1996, and tours internationally to 39 cities. In 1997, company members include Susan Blankensop, Mark DeChiazza, John Heginbotham, Kristen Hollinsworth, Krista Langberg, Omar Rahim, Marlon Barrios Solana and Eileen Thomas. Marshall receives a New York Dance and Performance Award/Bessie for Les Enfants.

Les Enfants Terribles

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1998 – 2000

Marshall premieres The Most Dangerous Room in The House in 1998 at Dartmouth, with actress Norma Fire joining the company. In 1999 Marshall premieres The Descent Beckons at Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa – included in the cast are comedian Lisa Kron and 75 inflatable dolls. Company Manager Ryan Gilliam passes the baton to Tia Tibbitts Levinson. Long-time company member Eileen Thomas retires as co-artistic director and from full-time performing, after 15 years with the company. Marshall receives the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (2000).

The Most Dangerous Room in The House  |  Performers Norma Fire, John Heginbotham, Krista Langberg, and Eileen Thomas

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2001 – 2004

The company premieres One and Only You in Pittsburgh in 2001, and performs newly reconstructed repertory as part of the reopening season of the World Financial Center’s Wintergarden (following the destruction of September 11) in 2002. The company premieres Sleeping Beauty and Other Stories in Chicago in 2003. Dancers during this time include Rachel Shao-Lan Blum, Mark DeChiazza, Steven Fetherhuff, Kristen Hollinsworth, Krista Langberg, Jill Locke, Luke Miller, Petra van Noort and Darrin Wright.

Other Stories  |  Performer Petra van Noort


2005 – 2008

Susan Marshall & Company celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2006 with a return to DTW. The company premieres Cloudless with dancers, Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller, Petra Van Noort, Darrin Wright and Joseph Poulson. Cloudless is awarded the company’s 10th BESSIE. Cloudless tours the US, with engagements in New York, California, Illinois, Florida and Missouri. Sawdust Palace premieres in the Spiegeltent at Bard College. Dancers during this time include Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller, Petra Van Noort, Joseph Poulson and Darrin Wright.

Cloudless  |  Performers Darrin Wright, Joseph Poulson, Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller

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2009 – 2012

In 2009, Susan Marshall becomes the Director of Dance at Princeton University. The company premieres Adamantine at Montclair State University and releases Frame Dances, a series of dance films for mobile devices. In 2011, a live installation version of Frame Dances  is performed on a bill with Adamantine at Baryshnikov Arts Center in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary. In 2012, the company begins a new project that premieres in fall 2013. Dancers during this time include Christopher Adams, Ching-I Chang, Kristin Clotfelter, Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller, Petra van Noort, Joseph Poulson, Peter Simpson, Ildiko Toth, and Darrin Wright.

Frame Dances  |  Performers Joseph Poulson and Kristen Hollinsworth