The New York City-based company of 10 dancers, writers, and composers, including Marlies Yearby, is known for its exuberant combination of contemporary dance technique with Haitian, Hip-Hop, West African, Latin, Congolese, and Jazz dance and vocal traditions.
The Austin appearance of Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater featured their acclaimed works that incorporated spoken text, everyday gestures, and dream fragments to explore the human experience.
The company performed at 8:00 p.m., Friday January 26 & Saturday January 27, 1996, at UT’s McCullough Theater. In addition to the two public performances, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater also performed and conducted workshops at Johnston High School, Mendez Middle School and Winn Elementary as part of Women & Their Work’s educational outreach into Austin schools.
Formerly with Urban Bush Women, Marlies Yearby received a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the NEA in 1994 and has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Dancespace Project at St. Mark’s, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival.