As an artist, creator, and performer, I ignite spirits within creation processes by way of bodies in relation, visceral partnering, gestural phrase work, body somatic practices, and community healing. My works seem to arrive at a place, nuanced and quiet, to say something deep within its waters, a layered organism of relationship and play. Using text, vocals, music, film, projections, textures, fabrics, costuming, deconstructive designs, minimal but striking sets, props, the brown moving body, and the canvas that holds my experience woven within its thread, I create with a world in mind and a story to unfold in the ways it desires to. My Eastern and Western influences pose dissonant synchronicities that show up as ironies and painfully pleasurable moments. My priorities are to work and collaborate with Filipinx/Asian-American LGBTQIA+ creatives whose stories can be incorporated and voices can be loudly heard. What becomes is the honouring of stories, and thus ancestry, as a type of sharing of life rather than a “performance”, reflecting the values of being Filipinx.
Marie Lloyd Paspe was born in Singapore of Filipino parents. She first began training in classical ballet with Rajka Kupesic in Ontario, Mississauga, Canada. Her family moved to Bellingham, MA, where she continued to train in ballet, pointe, and contemporary extensively with Jessica Wilson for the next twelve years, first at Ballet Workshop of New England under Jacqueline Cronsberg and MetroWest Ballet under Ms. Wilson herself. Marie, a Rev. Thomas V. Bermingham Scholarship Recipient, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in NYC, directed by Melanie Person and Tracy Inman. She obtained a BFA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Business Administration. At The Ailey School, she studied with Ana Marie Forsythe, Milton Meyers, Nancy Turano, Elizabeth Roxas, Dudley Williams, Penny Frank, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Jenny Chiang, Becky Brown, and Tracy Inman, to name a few. In 2015, Marie studied abroad in Kibbutz Ga'aton, Israel. There, she studied at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's International Dance Journey Program, training with the company and performing their repertoire in Kibbutz Ga'aton's Zichri Theater. In 2017, she attended Springboard Danse Montreal, a competitive platform in Montreal, Quebec for young dance professionals to network and gain invaluable experience with peers, emerging choreographers, and principle dance companies from around the world.
In NYC, Israel, and Montreal, Marie has worked with Renee Jaworski, Peter Chu, Eva Kolarova, Jae Mann Joo, Omar Carrum, Claudia Lavista, Igal Perry, Jon Ole Olstad, Rami Be'er, Martin Harriague, Brice Mousset, Matthew Rushing, and Manuel Vignoulle. In NYC, she performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as a student performer in Memoria at New York City Center, the Park Avenue Amory Gala, and at the Apollo Theatre for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's 2013 company gala. As a senior in college, she danced professionally with Arch Contemporary Ballet under Sheena Annalise, and was promoted to Soloist. She performed and toured nationally with Carolyn Dorfman Dance upon graduating.
Marie has presented her own work in Nitzotzot Choreography Showcase at Zichri Theatre in Ga'aton, Israel and in the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC. Her current project unknown to me is a work-in-progress with dancers Elise Pacicco and Eric Parra, having been performed at RAW Artists Showcase at (le) poisson rouge, NYC10 Dance Initiative at Dixon Place, and INKUBATE in the Reeds Arboretum in Summit, Jersey.
Currently, Marie Lloyd Paspe is with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. She is a traveling teaching artist in NYC, Maine, and Cape Cod, MA, teaching dance and pilates. Contact her for more information about classes, private sessions, and individual training.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company