fabian barba


Mark Franko is Professor of Dance, Coordinator of Graduate Programs at Temple University (Philadelphia) and Professor of Visual and Performance Studies at Middlesex. His publications include Martha Graham in Love and War: the Life in the Work, Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body, Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics, The Work of Dance: Labor, Movement and Identity in the 1930s and Excursion for Miracles: Paul Sanasardo, Donya Feuer and Studio for Dance (1955-1964). He is editor of Dance Research Journal, and founding editor of the Oxford Studies in Dance Theory book series. He edited Ritual and Event: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and co-edited Acting on the Past: Historical Performance Across the Disciplines. Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance from the Congress on Research in Dance, Franko’s research has been supported by the National Endowment fort he Humanities, the Getty Center for Research into the Arts and Humanities. The American Council of Learned Stocieties, and the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment fort he Arts. He has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, Purdue University, and at the University of California Santa Cruz (emeritus); he was Valeska Gert Visiting Professor of Dance and Performance at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaf,t Freie Universität Berlin, and Visiting Professor at Bard College, Paris 8, Université de Nice, and the Catholic University of Leuven. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, and Slovenian.

Artist invited by Fabian Barba in the frame of THEMATICS: “Author / Authority”


Le Marbre Tremble was at its inception a collaboration between Mark Franko and photographer Ernestine Ruben. The dance used Ruben’s large-scale photographic projections of the caryatids sculpted in the seventeenth-century by Pierre Puget. These two figures – Puget used galley slaves in the port of Marseille as models – one old and one young, were the pretext for the piece, which premiered at the Toulon Art Museum (France) in 1988 as part of a photography exhibit — Le corps/la galère: noir et blanc (The body and suffering: black and white). This dance was also performed in Berlin and New York.
During Plankton #48, le marbre tremble will be danced again, this time as the product of the collaboration between Mark Franko and Fabian Barba. Fabian started learning this solo, originally performed by Mark, as a way to conjointly investigate the process of transmission of a dance, the relation of that dance to the context in which it was created and in which it is performed and the personal stories mobilized in this operation. The memories, reflections and sensations that constitute the dance will be called onto the stage as an accompaniment to it.

photo: © Ernestine Ruben