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, ensembles and musicians with visual artists, dancers, and makers of all types.
Recent projects include: direction and design of Olagón, by Dan Trueman with words by Paul Muldoon, featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Eighth Blackbird; co-creation of Quixote with Amy Beth Kirsten in a two-year development at Peak Performances at MSU; direction and design for rock song-cycle Black Inscription, in collaboration with Carla Kihlstedt; co-creation of Orpheus Unsung, with composer Steven Mackey; and direction, video projection and set design for My Lai, an opera monodrama by Jonathan Berger featuring the 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; and 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, which 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. Find more info and press at markdechiazza.com.