Magazine article Dance Magazine

Marks Wins Capezio Award

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Marks Wins Capezio Award

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Boston - Boston Ballet (BB) artistic director Bruce Marks has been chosen for the 1995 Capezio Award, given for "significant contribution in creating a greater awareness and appreciation of dance." As the recipient of the 44th annual award, Marks is uncharacteristically modest about the honor. "This is one I feel I have to live up to," he says.

Strong-willed, proud, and ambitious, Marks is seldom one to mince words; and his forceful personality and sometimes heavy-handed management style have won him both admirers and critics. But his command of his company and the remarkable turnaround that BB has made under his guidance are rarely disputed.

During the past decade he has turned the company from a financially ailing regional institution of questionable artistic quality into an internationally acclaimed company with a reputation for performing authentic versions of the classics as well as nurturing new works - and attendance has tripled.

A consummate fund-raiser, Marks also has more than tripled BB's annual budget, and the troupe has moved from a garage in the South End to a gleaming new building with seven spacious studios. These studios have become one of the country's leading dance centers.

He is committed to making dance accessible with innovative outreach programs such as Citydance, which offers tuition-free training for inner-city students. One of his fondest goals is to have a "rainbow" ballet company as diverse as the city of Boston.

The son of a Brooklyn truck driver, Marks comes by this grass-roots philosophy honestly. He began to study tap in the eighth grade, shortly thereafter gaining entrance to the New York High School of the Performing Arts, where he studied modern dance. He made his professional debut with Pearl Lang at fourteen, later landing a scholarship to study at Juilliard with Martha Graham. …

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