Interviews | May 23, 2022 |

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Interview: Marilyn Green
Luca Curci talks with Marilyn Green during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022 art fair, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Marilyn Green, Director of the Trinity Movement Choir, is a choreographer and interdisciplinary artist. Her work in dance, music, and visual arts/film animation has earned her extensive recognition, from a Ford Foundation Fellowship to grants in the arts and humanities for projects in several disciplines. All her work is centered on transforming the artist and the audience, and on providing a shared experience of connection and empathy. In her dance/video pieces, the performers move in a slow, intense style that draws the audience into a meditative state, and the transcendent lighting, masks and costumes create archetypes that reach beyond every day for a common link to the Divine.

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In 2010 she founded the Trinity Movement Choir at historic Trinity Church at Wall Street in New York City; the group performs regularly at Trinity and St. Paul’s Chapel, as well as appearing at events including The Parliament of the World’s Religions, Performing the World, the Sheen Center in Manhattan, the Chautauqua Institution as well as international Sacred Dance Guild festivals. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the group has expanded into an international virtual movement choir and the final works use animation and special effects to create the effects of stage lighting and go beyond. Green has conducted workshops on myth, symbol and storytelling and has taught at universities and colleges including Bellarmine University in Louisville, the University of Cincinnati, New York University and Hunter College, along with lectures in the arts and humanities at universities in the U.S., England and Scotland.

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Luca Curci – According to you, what makes a dance video? Which details do you focus on?
Marilyn Green – For me, a good dance video has the same characteristics as any good dance: color and mythic qualities centered on the moments of change – whether in the body or spirit – and bringing the viewer into the magic of connection.

LC – When you take choreographies and videos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
MG – When I create dances – and videos expanding the dances – a situation often triggers the concept, and then I find that the form emerges from the message. The development of the final work comes through me rather than from me.

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LC- Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MG – I pursue the essential relationship among all things: the Divine, humans of all kind and their common concerns and experiences, animals, plants, the waters and Earth, and the magical place where the seen world and unseen world meet.

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
MG – It is usually a reaction to a situation and then the images and moving pieces pour in. Then, in the process of creating the work, it changes and takes on a life of its own.

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LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
MG – Yes, it is my medium of expression and connection. I wouldn’t be an artist if it didn’t bring me close to the illuminated experience of attunement., and it is that experience I want to express and share.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
MG – The concept of Anima Mundi speaks to the central point of my work: the essential physical and spiritual connection among all beings and the planet itself, in which the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. My dance videos bring the dancers and the audience into a shared recognition that what happens to any of us affects all, and that our own fulfillment depends on universal fulfillment.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
MG – It is the final section of a three-part cycle on the physical creation, completed earlier this year. The first one invokes the Elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air with the Center); the second presents the Creation of Sacred Man and Divine Woman (the true nature of humankind and its place in life), and third one, of which this excerpt is a part, is focused on the Animals, exploring the deep and rich kinship among all living things as the dancers transform into animals and back to human form.

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MG – I think the platform is very effective in bringing together facets of the world of fine arts and living arts (architecture, design, fashion), with worldwide access through the Web.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MG – Beautifully done.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MG – Very much. It is really stimulating to be in touch with people of like mind and to see the work of others in this context.

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