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Guide to the Mark Dendy Papers, 1981-2013

Abstract

Mark Dendy (b. 1961) is a New York-based choreographer, writer, dancer, and actor. His career spans experimental dance theater, grand scale site specific work, pure movement dance pieces, opera, improvisation, Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater. Dendy also founded and served as Artistic Director of two dance companies: Mark Dendy Dance and Theater and Dendy Dancetheater. His work often responds to societal issues, examining diverse themes such as fame, gender, religion, heritage, violence, politics, the media, and values in society.

The collection includes newspaper clippings and photocopies, magazines, programs, flyers, large-scale posters, publicity materials, project files, notes and notebooks, financial documentation, and correspondence. Other materials include photographs, negatives, 35 mm slides, DVDs, and VHS, U-matic, Betacam, Betacam-SP, and DVCPRO tapes.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
American Dance Festival Archives
Creator
Dendy, Mark
Title
Mark Dendy papers 1981-2013
Language of Material
English
Extent
13.73 Linear Feet
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the ADF Archives.

Collection Overview

The collection contains the papers of Mark Dendy, generated through his individual work as a performer and choreographer as well as his work as Artistic Director of both Mark Dendy Dance and Theater and Dendy Dancetheater. It contains printed, photographic, and audio-visual materials that document his performances, press appearances, and public relations activities. The collection also holds materials related to Dendy's creative projects in dance and theater, including scripts, rehearsal schedules, casting notes, and costume and set designs. There are a number of notebooks and handwritten notes on loose paper pertaining to creative projects, choreography, his dance companies, and his personal life. A small amount of correspondence and financial documentation is also contained in the collection.

Materials in the collection include paper-based records, notebooks, newspaper clippings and photocopies, magazines, programs, flyers, press kits, and large-scale posters. Other formats include photographs, negatives, 35 mm slides, DVDs, and VHS, U-matic, Betacam, Betacam-SP, and DVCPRO tapes.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Collection is open for research.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

Access to videotapes or DVDs in this collection requires the use of reference copies. To arrange for the creation of reference copies, if none exist, please contact American Dance Festival Archives.

Access to items in the Notebooks subseries requires the permission of Mark Dendy. Please contact the American Dance Festival Archives for more information.

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Copyright for official American Dance Festival administrative records is held by the American Dance Festival; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

The series is divided into five subseries: Advertising, Ephemera, Press, Programs, and Public Relations.

The Printed Materials series consists of performance programs, flyers, mailings, posters, magazines, newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies of clippings, a publicity report, press releases, press kit materials, full press kits, a costume design portfolio, a postcard, and several folders.

The Advertising subseries contains flyers and mailings for events featuring Dendy as well as those not explicitly mentioning him or his companies. It also contains a costume design portfolio featuring examples from several of Dendy's pieces.

Bobby Pearce: Costume Design Portfolio Highlights, undated
Box 1
Flyers and mailings featuring Dendy, 1997-2011 and undated
Box 1
Flyers and mailings, 2010-2012 and undated
Box 1
Pacific Northwest Ballet mailing (oversize), 1993
Box 11
Posters featuring Dendy (oversize), 2010
Box 11

The Ephemera subseries contains folders from dance companies and festivals, a postcard, and an event badge.

Badge belonging to Stephen Donovan for Charles L. Reinhart's 80th Birthday, 2011
Box 11
Folders, undated
Box 1
Postcard, 1981
Box 1

Arranged alphabetically by material type and date.

The Press subseries is primarily comprised of newspaper and magazine clippings of articles and performance reviews, the bulk of which are from 1990 to 2000. While there are some original newspaper and magazine clippings, the majority of the press materials are photocopies. Other materials include a publicity report, press releases, and several complete magazines.

Magazines, 1998-2000
Box 1
Magazines, 2004-2012
Box 1
Original newspaper press clippings, 1993-2008
Box 1
Original newspaper and magazine press clippings (oversize), 1994-2008
Box 11
Press clippings, 1985-1989
Box 1
Press clippings, 1990 (2 folders)
Box 1
Press clippings, 1991
Box 1
Press clippings, 1992
Box 1
Press clippings, 1993
Box 1
Press clippings, 1994
Box 1
Press clippings, 1995
Box 1
Press clippings, 1996
Box 1
Press clippings, 1997
Box 1
Press clippings, 1998 (2 folders)
Box 1
Press clippings, 2000
Box 1
Press clippings, 2001
Box 1
Press clippings, 2002-2012
Box 1
Press clippings, undated
Box 1
Press releases, 1989, 2004
Box 1
Publicity Report for Altogether Different, 1998
Box 1

The Programs subseries contains performance programs as well as program drafts and edits.

American Dance Festival programs, 1994-2011
Box 1
Programs, 1995-2013 and undated
Box 1
Program drafts, 1990-2009 and undated
Box 1

The Public Relations subseries contains publicity materials pertaining to Mark Dendy and his companies. Materials include a commissioned essay, company newsletters, artist representation information, full press kits, and press kit materials such as biographies, curricula vitae with choreography and performance history, current repertory listings, compiled press quotes, and company letterhead.

Artist Notes, 2000

Commissioned essay by Suzanne Carbonneau for Dendy Dance and Theater's Summer 2000 residency at the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine

Box 1
Dendy Dance & Theater Company News, 2000
Box 1
Pentacle artist representation, 1989 and undated
Box 1
Press kits, undated (2 folders)
Box 1
Press kit materials, 1998, 2008, undated
Box 1

Arranged alphabetically.

Materials in the Projects and Related Materials series include scripts, casting notes, song lyrics, maps, set design photocopies, costume design photocopies, a map, a religious booklet, clip art, and administrative information such as rehearsal schedules and residency information.

A Dendy Map of Soho, undated
Box 2
American Dance Festival, 2008

Site visit notes

Box 2
Andru's Head, 2004 and undated

Rehearsal schedules, contact information, correspondence, and press release copy

Box 2
Andru's Head, undated

Scene breakdowns and script drafts with edits

Box 2
Bat Out of Hell 2100: An Extended Treatment by Jim Steinman, undated

Bound script

Box 2
Carnivale, 2002

Carnivale story outline and contact list

Box 2
Carnivale costume designs, undated
Box 2
Carnivale set designs, undated
Box 2
Clip art (oversize), undated
Box 11
Costume design research, undated
Box 2
Costume designs, undated
Box 2
Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, 1996 and undated

Calendar, map, and rehearsal schedule

Box 2
House of Flowers: A Musical Play by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, Adapted by Charles Busch and Kenneth Elliot, 2002 and undated

Incomplete script draft and photocopies

Box 2
Human Sexuality and the Christian Faith, 1991

Photocopy of a booklet published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Box 2
Mark Dendy Rehearsal Schedules, 2000-2001
Box 2
Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1994 and undated

PNB folder containing a map, school pamphlet, and correspondence

Box 2
Pippin, 2006

Casting notes and rehearsal schedules

Box 2
The Pirate Queen casting notes, 2006
Box 2
Project Files, undated

Mixed project materials

Box 2
Set design sketches, undated
Box 2

The Handwritten Notes series is arranged into two subseries: Notebooks and Loose Notes.

Arranged chronologically.

The notebooks contain a variety of day-to-day information, including personal journal entries, "to-do" lists, choreography notes, sketches, financial notes, and contact information such as names and phone numbers. There are occasionally loose papers with notes or correspondence found between pages or in the pockets of the notebooks. This subseries also includes one dated personal journal entry that is not attached to a notebook. The majority of the notebooks have at least one entry with a complete date, allowing them to be arranged in an approximate chronological order.

Viewing of materials in the Notebooks subseries requires the permission of Mark Dendy. Please contact the American Dance Festival Archives for more information.

Notebook, circa June 1995
Box 3
Notebook, circa May 1997
Box 3
Notebook, circa May-June 1997
Box 3
Notebook, circa September 1997
Box 3
Notebook, circa October 1997
Box 3
Notebook, circa October-November 1997
Box 3
Notebook, circa September-November 1998
Box 3
Notebook, circa November 1998-January 1999
Box 3
Notebook, circa January-October 1999
Box 3
Notebook, circa March-September 1999
Box 3
Notebook, circa June-September 1999
Box 3
Notebook, circa September-November 1999
Box 3
Notebook, circa November 1999-March 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa January 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa March-April 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa May 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa August 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa September-October 2000
Box 3
Notebook, circa January 2001
Box 4
Notebook, circa March-May 2001
Box 4
Notebook, circa July-August 2001
Box 4
Notebook, circa July-August 2002
Box 4
Notebook, circa August-October 2002 (2 folders)
Box 4
Notebook, circa October 2002-September 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa November-December 2002
Box 4
Notebook, circa November 2002-February 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa February-April 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa February-June 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa March-April 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa April-June 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa July-September 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa November-December 2003
Box 4
Notebook, circa March-May 2004
Box 4
Notebook, circa May 2004
Box 4
Notebook, circa 2005 (2 folders)
Box 4
Notebook, circa March-May 2008
Box 4
Notebook, circa March-June 2008
Box 4
Notebook, circa May-June 2008
Box 4
Notebook, circa June 2008
Box 4
Notebook, circa January-April 2009
Box 4
Notebook, circa January 2009-January 2010
Box 4
Dated journal entry, March 2009
Box 4
Notebook, circa May-July 2009
Box 5
Notebook, circa July 2009
Box 5
Notebook, circa March-August 2010
Box 5
Notebook, circa July-August 2010
Box 5
Notebook, circa May 2011
Box 5
Notebook, undated (17 folders)
Box 5

The notes on loose paper are undated and grouped in the order in which they were found. They contain notes and sketches pertaining to creative projects, choreography, and day-to-day activities.

Notes, undated (5 folders)
Box 5

The Finance series of the Mark Dendy Papers consists of budgets, faxes, receipts, telephone bills, tax and budget information for the Foundation for Independent Artists, and a letter to Pew Charitable Trusts.

Financial documentation, 1983, 1998, and undated

Mixed financial records originally filed together. Includes budgets, handwritten notes, IRS correspondence, and records pertaining to the Foundation for Independent Artists and Pew Charitable Trusts.

Box 1
Financial documentation, 1992-1998, 2005

Mixed financial records, including receipts, bills, and budgets.

Box 1

The Correspondence series of the Mark Dendy Papers consists of a small amount of professional and personal correspondence.

Correspondence, 1993-1995, 2011, and undated
Box 1

The Photography series is arranged into five subseries: Prints, Contact Sheets, Negatives, Slides, and Photograph Keys.

Arranged alphabetically.

Folder titles identify either the title of the dance depicted or the type of photograph. When known, the photographer's name appears in parentheses.

Beat (Steve Needham), undated
Box 2
Busride to Heaven (Rebecca Lesher), undated
Box 2
Busride to Heaven, undated (2 folders)
Box 2
Classic Sweet (Peter Smith), undated
Box 2
I'm Going to my Room to be Cool Now, and I Don't Want to be Disturbed (Peter Smith), undated
Box 2
Portrait (Lois Greenfield), undated
Box 2
Portrait (Peggy Jarrell Kaplan), undated
Box 2
Portrait (Fredric Lehrman), undated
Box 2
Portraits (Benjamin Franklin Smith), undated
Box 2
Portrait (Michael Wakefield), undated
Box 2
Portraits, Dendy Dance (Benjamin Franklin Smith), undated
Box 2
Portrait, Dendy Dance & Performance (Michael Wakefield), undated
Box 2
Portraits, undated
Box 2
Portraits, Dendy Dance, undated
Box 2
Rock (Tom Brazil), undated
Box 2
Snapshots, undated
Box 2
Technical Photos: The Metropolitan Opera Magic Flute Model Photographs, 2004
Box 2
Unidentified performances (Fredric Lehrman, Carol Rosegg, Rebecca Lesher, Dona Ann McAdams, Tom Brazil, unknown), undated
Box 2
Worlds Apart, undated
Box 2
Contact Sheets (MJ Sharp, unknown), undated
Box 2

The Negatives subseries contains 2 1/4, 4 x 5, and 8 x 10 negatives, most of which are copy negatives. It includes some negatives corresponding to prints found in the Prints subseries.

Portraits, undated
Box 2
Performances, undated
Box 2

The Slides subseries contains 35 mm slides, slide film, and scanned slides printed on computer paper. Folder titles identify the title of the dance and the name of the photographer in parentheses, when known. Folders contain slides unless otherwise noted.

Classic Sweet (Michael Wakefield), undated
Box 2
I'm Going to my Room to be Cool Now, and I Don't Want to be Disturbed (Phyllis Graber Jenson), 2000 and undated
Box 2
Scanned slides (Phyllis Graber Jenson, unknown), undated
Box 2
Unidentified portraits and performances, undated
Box 2
Unidentified slide film, undated
Box 2

The Photograph Keys subseries contains lists with photographer and subject information.

Photograph key sheets, undated
Box 2

Materials with known dates are arranged chronologically. Undated materials follow, arranged alphabetically by title.

Materials in the Moving Images series consist of DVDs, VHS, U-matic, Betacam, Betacam-SP, and DVCPRO tapes. Original item labels on the videotapes and DVDs are transcribed here.

Viewing of these materials requires the use of reference copies. When a reference copy exists, it is noted in the finding aid. Originals are restricted.

Chant, Hush, Requiem, Beat, Mark Dendy & Company, October 11, 1986, Tape I of II
videotape (U-matic)
Box 6
Reel, Mark Dendy & Company, October 11, 1986, Tape II of II
videotape (U-matic)
Box 6
Wave, Tide, Solo, Beat, Mark Dendy & Company, PS 122, November 29, 1987
videotape (U-matic), 27 min.
Box 6
The White Week, Mark Dendy & Company, Jacob's Pillow, August 1988
VHS
Box 7
Face, Chant, The Character of the Happy Warrior, Frieze, Mark Dendy & Company, 14th St. Dance Center, November 20, 1988, Tape I of II
videotape (U-matic), 32 min.
Box 6
Rock, Movements 1 & 2, Beat, Dendy Dance, The Joyce, 1990
VHS
Box 7
Rock, Movements 1 & 2, Beat, Dendy Dance, The Joyce, January 11, 1990
videotape (U-matic), 42 min.
Box 6
Rock, Movements 1 & 2, Beat, Dendy Dance, Joyce Theater, January 11, 1990
VHS, PAL
Box 7
Rock, Movement I & II, Beat, Dendy Dance, Manmade, The Joyce, January 16, 1990
videotape (U-matic), 43:22 min.
Box 6
Drum, Bicuspid, White Wind, Wave, Chopin, Dendy Dance, Danspace Project 1990-91, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, January 26, 1991, Tape I of II
videotape (U-matic), 41:33 min., loss of signal before Wave
Box 6
Pulse, Dendy Dance, Danspace Project 1990-91, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, January 26, 1991, Tape II of II
videotape (U-matic), 24:35 min.
Box 6
Ballet I, Pacific Northwest Ballet, PNB Offstage, Seattle Opera House Rehearsal Hall, April 3, 1991

Composer: Wall Matthews, Choreographer: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 7
Ballet 1, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera House, April 3, 1991, 2

Composer: Wall Matthews, Choreographer: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 7
Ballet 1, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera House, April 3, 1991, 3

Composer: Wall Matthews, Choreographer: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 7
Solo, Beat, Chichester Psalms, Dendy Dance, The Joyce, January 10, 1992, Tape I of II
videotape (U-matic), 39:45 min.
Box 6
Back Back, Ballet I, Dendy Dance, The Joyce, January 10, 1992, Tape II of II
videotape (U-matic), 55:30 min.
Box 6
Reel #1, Dendy Dance, Duke University, July 12, 1992
videotape (U-matic), dub from original betacam tapes #1-3
Box 8
Reel #2, Dendy Dance, Duke University, July 12, 1992
videotape (U-matic), dub from original betacam tapes #4-5
Box 8
Busride to Heaven, January 28, 1993, Tape #1
videotape (U-matic)
Box 8
Busride to Heaven, January 28, 1993, Tape #2
videotape (U-matic)
Box 8
Faith Healing, Jane Comfort and Company, PS 122, April 1993

Choreography: Jane Comfort, Text: Tennessee Williams, Jane Comfort, Music: Richard Landry, Brooks Williams

VHS
Box 7
Busride to Heaven (excerpts), Mark Dendy, Dress Rehearsal, Performance Space 122, September 3, 1993
VHS
Box 7
Busride to Heaven (excerpts), Mark Dendy, Dress Rehearsal, PS 122, September 3, 1993
VHS
Box 7
Busride to Heaven, Mark Dendy, American Dance Festival, July 10, 1994, Tape I of II
Betacam-SP
Box 8
Busride to Heaven, Mark Dendy, American Dance Festival, July 10, 1994, Tape II of II
Betacam-SP
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #1
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #2
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #3
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #4
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #5
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #6
Betacam
Box 8
Worlds Apart, October 15, 1995, #7
Betacam
Box 8
Busride to Heaven, Mark Dendy, 1996
VHS
Box 7
Worlds Apart, Dendy Dance & Theater, 1996
VHS
Box 7
Winter Dance 1997
VHS
Box 7
Les Biches (close-up), March 12, 1997
VHS
Box 7
Les Biches, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Studio Rehearsal, June 4, 1997
VHS
Box 7
Mark Dendy, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, Performance on 42nd Presents MANY, A Three-Day Festival in Celebration of Ten Years of Performance, June 11-13, 1997, June 12, 1997
videotape (U-matic), 19:10 min.
Box 8
First Chair, Second Chair, Mark Dendy, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Performance on 42nd/MANY, June 12, 1997
VHS, 19:10 min.
Box 7
Ritual, The Nashville Ballet, 1997

Choreography by Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 7
Line Perspective, Ballet Wisconsin, March 7 and 8, 1998

Chor: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 7
Swan Lake Premiere, Dortmund, February 27, 1999

Chor: Mark Dendy

VHS, PAL
Box 7
Rock and Roll: Classic Sweet or I'm going to my room and I don't want to be disturbed (excerpted version), Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, Central Park SummerStage, July 23, 1999
DVCPRO, 25:08 min.
Box 9
Rock and Roll: Classic Sweet or I'm going to my room and I don't want to be disturbed(excerpted version), Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, Central Park SummerStage, July 23, 1999
DVCPRO, 39 min.
Box 9
Rock and Roll: Classic Sweet or I'm going to my room and I don't want to be disturbed, Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, Central Park SummerStage, July 22, 1999
VHS, 50 min.
Box 7
Bible Stories, Mark Dendy, August 18, 2000, Alex
VHS
Box 7
Night Moves, Jane Weiner, Bates Dance Festival: Alone & Together Faculty Concert, Bates College, June 21, 2001

Choreographed by Mark Dendy in collaboration with Lawrence Keigwin, Performed by Jane Weiner

VHS, broken
Box 9
Radio City Carnivale, March 2001

Composite, Short and Long Versions

VHS, 16:25 min, broken
Box 7
Mark Dendy, Pooh Kaye, Sally Silvers, Improv Festival, Movement Research at Danspace, December 3, 2004

Chor: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 9
The Magic Flute, Dir. Julie Taymor, Great Performances at the Met, January 24, 2007
DVD
Box 9
Lecture Demonstration, Mark Dendy, Texas Woman's University Department of Dance, September 12, 2008
DVD
Box 9
Festival Finale, Bates Dance Festival 2009, Bates College, August 8, 2009
DVD
Box 9
Faith Healing, Jane Comfort and Company, 2010
DVD, 97 min.
Box 9
Afternoon of the Faunes, Dendy Dancetheater, undated
DVD
Box 9
Auguries One, Two, and Three, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1, undated
VHS
Box 10
Auguries One, Two, and Three, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 2, undated
VHS
Box 10
Auguries One, Two, and Three, Pacific Northwest Ballet, undated

Choreography by: Mark Dendy, Music by: Phillip Glass

VHS
Box 10
Bardo, Drum, Dendy Dance & Theater, American Dance Festival, undated
VHS
Box 9
Bugs of Durham, Mark Dendy, American Dance Festival, undated
VHS, 6:12 min.
Box 9
Choreography by Mark Dendy, includes Symmetries (Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1994), Dream Analysis (Dendy Dance, 1998), Les Biches (Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1997), Ballet I (Nashville Ballet, 1990), Auguries (Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1998)
VHS, PAL
Box 9
Dendy Dance & Performance, Glenwood, undated
VHS
Box 10
Dream Analysis, undated
VHS
Box 9
Excerpts/Rep., undated
videotape (U-matic)
Box 9
First Chair, Dendy/Schubert, undated
VHS
Box 10
Francesca Page, undated
VHS
Box 10
Franchesca Page, MD as Melba James, undated
VHS
Box 10
Franchesca Page, Sane, undated
VHS
Box 10
Go Down Moses by Sandy Sheets, undated
VHS
Box 10
Juan Pablo Montes and Melissa Thompson, Texas, undated
DVD
Box 9
Kinetic, Seattle, undated
VHS, broken
Box 10
Les Biches, 10, undated
VHS
Box 10
Les Biches, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 4, undated

Choreography by Mark Dendy, Music by Francis Poulenc

VHS
Box 10
Line Perspective, Rehearsal Tape, undated

Chor: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 10
Lippa's Wild Party, undated
VHS
Box 10
Magic Flute, undated
VHS
Box 10
Mark Dendy & Company, 151 1st Ave., #87, NYC 10003, undated
VHS
Box 9
Movements 1 & 2, Wave, Garden, Reel, Chant, Hush, Dendy Dance, undated
VHS
Box 10
Pippin, Goodspeed, B-Roll, undated
VHS
Box 9
Ritual, Mark Dendy, undated
DVD
Box 9
Ritual, The Nashville Ballet, undated

Choreography by Mark Dendy

DVD
Box 9
Swan Lake, undated
VHS
Box 9
Symmetries, undated

Composer: John Adams, Choreography: Mark Dendy

VHS
Box 10
Symmetries, undated

Dendy/Adams

VHS
Box 10
Symmetries, 2, undated

Dendy/Adams

VHS
Box 10
Symmetries, 3, undated

Dendy/Adams

VHS
Box 10
Taboo, undated (2 tapes)
VHS
Box 10
Taboo, Broadway, full show, undated
DVD
Box 9
Taboo, Dance Scenes, undated
DVD
Box 9
Take a Walk on the Wild Side, from Classic Sweet, Mark Dendy, undated
VHS, 4:12 min.
Box 10
Unlabeled, undated
VHS
Box 9

Historical Note

Mark Dendy (b. 1961) is a New York-based choreographer, writer, dancer, and actor. His career spans experimental dance theater, grand scale site specific work, pure movement dance pieces, opera, improvisation, Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater. Dendy also founded and served as Artistic Director of two dance companies: Mark Dendy Dance and Theater and Dendy Dancetheater. His work often responds to societal issues, examining diverse themes such as fame, gender, religion, heritage, violence, politics, the media, and values in society.

Dendy was born in Weaverville, North Carolina on May 29, 1961. He received his BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and spent four summers as a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival. In 1983 he founded Mark Dendy Dance and Theater (1983-2000), serving as Artistic Director and choreographing numerous works. His company toured internationally and performed at venues such as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Performance Space 122, the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, La MaMa E.T.C., Symphony Space, the Kennedy Center, and Dance Theater Workshop, as well as at the American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Dendy has also been commissioned for new work by modern and ballet companies worldwide, most notably by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Dendy has performed with the companies of Pooh Kaye, Ruby Shang, Pearl Lang, and the Martha Graham Ensemble. He was also a guest artist with Jane Comfort and Company from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2010 to 2011, performing the role of Amanda Wingfield in Faith Healing, Comfort's dance-theater deconstruction of Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Dendy also appeared in Franchesca Page, a 1997 film directed by Kelley Sane.

From 2000 to 2008, Dendy pursued a career in musical theater, working as a choreographer for Broadway productions of Taboo by Boy George (2004) and The Pirate Queen (2006) as well as off-Broadway productions, including Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (2006) and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (2000). Dendy also choreographed for Julie Taymor's production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera (2004), a national tour of Pippin (2006), and the Radio City Rockettes production, Carnivale (2002).

In 2008, Dendy formed a new dance company, Dendy Dancetheater. Between 2008 and 2010 he choreographed five site-specific works, including Golden Belt, performed at the American Dance Festival in 2009. He continued to maintain a link to theater, choreographing the New York City Opera's 2012 production of Telemann's Orpheus, directed by Rebecca Taichman.

Dendy has taught at institutions such as the American Dance Festival, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Juilliard, New York University, Cal Arts, Bates Summer Dance Festival, University of North Carolina Asheville, Duke University, University of Washington, Oklahoma University, and Texas Women's University.

Dendy is the recipient of five NEA Fellowships and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Harkness Foundation, North Carolina Arts Commission, Massachusetts Arts Council, Choo San Goh Foundation, Phillip Morris, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He received the National Society of Arts and Letters Sustained Achievement Award in 1990, the American Dance Festival Scripps/Humphrey/Weideman/Limon Fellowship for Choreography in 1995, the Tennessee Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in 1997, the New York Dance and Performance Award (The "Bessie") for Sustained Achievement in 1997, and the Alpert Award in the Arts as well as the Joe A. Callaway Award in 2000. He also received an OBIE Award in 2000 for his choreography for The Wild Party.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mark Dendy Papers, American Dance Festival Archives.

Provenance

The Mark Dendy Papers were received by the American Dance Festival Archives as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Sydney Gulbronson, July 2013

Encoded by Sydney Gulbronson, July 2013

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines.