Throughout his career, OBIE and Bessie award winner Mark Dendy has steadily defied the expectation to work in defined categories and in standard ways. Mr. Dendy has traveled from edgy East Village drag to high-end Broadway productions to prominent ballet companies to site-specific works, refusing to capitulate to the dance hegemony that often dictates artists’ choices. He has had a rich and varied career in experimental dance theater, grand scale site-specific work bringing together diverse dance communities, performance, opera, improvisation, cabaret, night clubs, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater. His work is known for its wit, searing social commentary, intense physicality and tour de force acting.
A master of site-specific work, his group Mark Dendy Dance and Theater Projects recently premiered Ritual Cyclical, an epic work for 80 dancers at Lincoln Center Out of Doors to an audience of 3000. His Golden Belt, set in an abandoned tobacco-processing factory, was a surprise hit of the 2009 American Dance Festival season. He also creates dance/theater that deftly weaves autobiographical material with abstract non-linear narrative. This work at once deeply mines his southern Appalachian heritage, as well as dance history and his experience as a post-modern dance theater artist in New York City.

*Note: Dystopian Distractions! expresses an anti-war sentiment in an irreverent fashion. Parental discretion is advised for younger audience members.






Video Gallery


Join the Friday Club

Dystopian Distractions Rehearsals Take 1



Godzilla Rides Again! Danceworks Santa Barbara

Friday Club 2 – “Meet the dancers”




“Dystopian Distractions!” Promo


Dendy and his dancers “drill down”




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“Dystopian Distractions!” – Meet Abigail

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