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Mark DeChiazza

New York, NY         


Mark DeChiazza is a director, filmmaker, designer, and choreographer. Many of his projects explore interactions between music performance and media to discover new expressive possibilities. His work can bring together composers, ensemble and musicians with visual artists, dancers, music ensembles, and makers of all types.


Called “wildly imaginative” and “a tour de force” by the Washington Post, Columbine’s Paradise Theater, his prior music-theater collaboration with composer Amy Beth Kirsten,continued an ongoing relationship with multiple-Grammy winning ensemble eighth blackbird that began in 2009 with their acclaimed production of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.


Recent projects include: production concept, direction and choreography for Orpheus Unsung, a collaboration with composer Steven Mackey premiered at Guthrie Theater in June 2016; direction, video projection and set design for My Lai, an opera monodrama by Jonathan Berger featuring Kronos Quartet, traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Van-Ahn Voh, and actor/tenor Rinde Eckert; direction and editing of the film Hireath, which partners with performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s 35-minute orchestral work of the same name, commissioned by North Carolina Symphony and Princeton Symphony Orchestra; choreography and design for Pulitzer-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Sila, a massive site-determined piece for 80 musicians commissioned by Lincoln Center; design and staging of SS15 and AW15 NYC fashion week installation/events for Japanese fashion label pas de calais;


DeChiazza’s film Colloquy with God for New York Polyphony, and his interpretive concert video of So Percussion performing Steven Mackey’s It Is Time have been featured on NPR Music, and American Composers Orchestra and The Crossing premiered his film installation for Amy Beth Kirsten’s strange pilgrims premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014.


DeChiazza studied film at Dartmouth College and Rhode Island School of Design, and set design and contemporary dance at North Carolina School of the Arts. He worked as a scenic artist for theater, before moving to New York City to begin a performing career in contemporary dance and dance-theater that spanned nearly two decades. Investigating the body and its relationships to space, time, and experience remain vital to his process across all disciplines.


(more info and press at markdechiazza.com)

Orpheus Unsung: (excerpt)

Premiere of Orpheus Unsung Presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series with Guthrie Theater

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Colombine’s Paradise Theatre

Music-theater work with production conceived, designed and directed by Mark DeChiazza—Composer/librettist Amy Beth Kirsten, performed by Eighth Blackbird.

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Trailer for Sarah Kirkland Snider’s new orchestral work with film by Mark DeChiazza

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