Matha Clarke develops new work at Jeanne Ruddy Dance


The 2009 guest choreographer at Jeanne Ruddy Dance is Martha Clarke. On January 15th at 6pm at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Phila., Martha Clarke and Jeanne Ruddy will conduct an Open Showing of their choreographic process, including, some film clips of Martha’s work, a demonstration of their techniques class and a sneak preview of the first section of Jeanne’s new work. (More Information)

MacArthur Award winner Martha Clarke has maintained a career which spans dance, theater and opera. Trained at Juilliard under Antony Tudor and Anna Sokolow, she was a founding member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Crowsnest and has choreographed for the Nederlans Dans Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, and The Martha Graham Company, among others.

As a director Ms. Clarke’s many original productions include The Garden of Earthly Delights, Vienna: Lusthaus, Miracolo d’amore, Endangered Species, An Uncertain Hour, The Hunger Artist, and Vers la flamme. She directed the premiere of Christopher Hampton’s Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Royal National Theatre in London.

In opera Ms. Clarke has directed The Magic Flute for the Glimmerglass Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Cosi fan tutte for Glimmerglass, Tan Dun’s Marco Polo for the Munich Biennale, the Hong-Kong Festival, and the New York City Opera, and Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice for the English National Opera and the New York City Opera. She directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the American Repertory Theater and a music/theaterwork, Belle Epoque, based on the life of Toulouse Lautrec at Lincoln Center Theater.

She has collaborated withRichard Greenberg, Charles L. Mee, and Alfred Uhry, among many others. In addition to the MacArthur Award, Ms. Clarke has received twogrants from the Guggenheim Foundation as well as fifteen grants from the NEA. She has received the Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards, and the L.A. Critics Award.

She has been the subject of a film for PBS, Martha Clarke, Light and Dark, and her Garden of Earthly Delights has been filmed by the BBC. NEA gave a grant for the remounting of her Garden of Earthly Delights under a program dedicated to the remounting of American masterworks. It recently opened the 30th anniversary of the American Dance Festival.  Kaos, based on theworks of Luigi Pirandello, received the first Tony Randall Foundation Award; and was presented at the New York Theater Workshop last season.

Look for the both world premieres, one  by legendary guest choreographer, Martha Clarke and the other by Jeanne Ruddy  running April 15 – 19, and 23 – 26, 2009.