Marilyns (quintet) (1990-2002) This was the first performance
work Germond made after deciding to switch from a career
in fine arts and photography to the pursuit of a creative
life in dance. 5 Marilyns was created while Germond
participated in a choreography class with Anna Sokolow
while on scholarship at renowned dance educator Mary
Anthony's studio in New York City, and dancing with
choreographer Pedro Alejandro.
inspired by an exhibit of Andy Warhol's portraits of
Marilyn in which she is portrayed in a manner of cool
and removed abstraction that thinly veils her smoldering
presence, this dance is an exploration of Monroe's distinctive,
highly sexual and idiosyncratic way of moving.
preparations to make the dance, the enigma of Marilyn
Monroe was studied by Germond as it is presented in
the irony of her on-stage and off-stage lives as chronicled
in films, biographies, and notoriety.
with the outright fun and sexual image that she portrayed
and the depth of sincerity and feeling of a woman who
is considered by many to have been before her time.
Also addressing aspects of the tragedy of this starlets'
life, 5 Marilyns invites you to find and nurture a little
Marilyn within yourself.
Marilyn Monroe, 20th Century Fox Fanfare, Yma Sumac
Running length: 15 minutes