Mark Dendy

Mark Dendy, photo by Phyllis Graber

Mark Dendy has worked in a variety of dance genres ranging from experimental dance, and edgy East Village drag to high-end Broadway productions, prominent ballet companies and opera to large-scale site-specific works. Mark Dendy Dance & Theatre was presented at PS 122, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and Dance Theater Workshop, as well as numerous national and international venues. Dendy has been commissioned by both modern and ballet companies worldwide, most notably Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mark collaborated with directors Julie Taymor, Tina Landau, Gabriel Barre, Ellen Hemphill, Rebecca Taichman, and Timothy Sheader; writers Neil Simon and Charles Busch; and composers Boy George, Heather Christian, Don Byron, Andrew Lippa, Jim Steinman, and Stephen Schwartz. Commercial theater credits include choreography for Taboo and The Pirate Queen (Broadway); The Wild PartyThe Miracle Brothers and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well… (Off-Broadway); Pippin, Camille Claudel and Hair (regional and national tours); The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera); Orpheus (NYC Opera); Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera) and Radio City Music Hall Rockette’s. Dendy has received many awards and honors, most notably a 1997 Bessie Award, a 2000 Obie Award, the National Society of Arts and Letters Sustained Achievement Award (1990), the Herb Alpert Award and the Joe A. Calloway Award (both in 2000), as well as numerous grants. Recent works include Golden Belt, set in an abandoned tobacco-processing factory in North Carolina, at the American Dance Festival (premiere 2009) Ritual Cyclical, an epic site-specific work for 80 dancers, at Lincoln Center (premiere 2013); Dystopian Distractions! at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara (premiere 2014); Labyrinth at Abrons Arts Center (premiere 2014), NEWYORKnewyork @Astor Place at Joe’s Pub (premiere 2015 Whistleblower (premiere 2015). Elvis Everywhere (premiered in 2017 at American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at New York Live Arts 2018).

dendy/donovan projects – OBIE, New York Dance & Performance (“Bessie”) and Alpert Award-winning choreographer, writer, director and performer, Mark Dendy and designer, director and performer Stephen Donovan have been a collaborative team since working on the Broadway musical Taboo. They have created a dance-theatre, multidisciplinary company that values all forms of collaboration and design, while utilizing a political sensibility with searing social satire. Over the last 5 years dendy/donovan projects have been presented at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, DANCEworks – Santa Barbara, Abrons Arts Center, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and ADF.


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