ABOUT MARTA MARTA PRODUCTIONS
MMP initially started in Montreal in 1990 as Marta Marta Danse, creating and performing around Montréal and touring across Canada. Over the years, Marta Marta has become known for their collaborations with other artists, including musicians, composers, filmmakers, photographers, media artists, designers, and more; creating dance, film and interdisciplinary events that use dance as a vehicle for cultural expression. From 1993-1998, MMP collaborated with the notorious Montréal underground performance group, House of Pride, experimenting on alternative stages with a collision of dance, cabaret, and performance art. In 2004, MMP relocated to Carter’s hometown of Vancouver where the company continues to create unique hybrid performances.
Artistic Director Martha Carter’s creations with MMP are recognized for giving audiences immersive, participatory experiences. Her choreography draws on influences from ballet, contemporary and urban dance forms, experimenting with stylistic juxtaposition to find new ways of expressing relevant issues through movement. Significant works to date include Xdance (2002) at the Canada Dance Festival, iDUB: an interactive digital urban ballet (2004-2006) at the Dance Centre, High Performance Rodeo in Calgary and Festival of New Dance in Newfoundland; The Spell Remains (2005) & Ri’zilyent (2007), at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Zagreb Dance Week Festival; TWiSTED (2009), at The Dance Centre TWiSTED:SOLO (2011-2013) at Museum of Anthropology, Canada Dance OFF-Festival, Festival Corps Atypik in Montréal and Crimson Coast in Nanaimo; and Speaking in Ligeti (2013) at The Dance Centre in Vancouver.
MMP has presented its work across Canada and in New York City, Ohio and California. The company is also known for its unique creations of free, site-specific performances for general audiences in partnership with organizations including the Cultural Olympiad at Whistler for ‘Heat the Streets’ (2010), and the City of Vancouver, “150th Birthday Party" (2011).
MMP’s work extends to local, national and international public outreach not only through its creativity, but also by teaching technique classes, hosting workshops, mentoring and collaborating with other artists. Since 2009, in response to MMP’s production ‘TWiSTED’, MMP initiated a community outreach service called the’Twisted Outreach Project for Backcare and Scoliosis’, hosting workshops, classes, events and community to support patients and their families through creative approaches to back care, particularly scoliosis. MMP shares their vibrant ‘hopbopshop’ office and studio space in East Vancouver with battery opera, another interdisciplinary performance company.
Company Board of Directors
Isabel Wood - Board President & Chair
Myshsael Shchylecher - Secretary
Beth Carter - Treasurer
Bea Nordleth - Board Member
Kathryn Kusyszyn-Board Member
Ingrid Beattie - Board Member
Stephen Beattie - Board Member
Eva Newman - Board Member
Martha Carter - Artistic Director, Manager
Administration - Tahina Awan
Touring Consultant - Brent Belsher