Martha Clarke, director-choreographer, has been hailed for her groundbreaking, visually inspired music-theater pieces. Several of her works have received a variety of awards, among them The Garden of Earthly Delights and Vienna: Lusthaus, both produces is association with Music-Theatre Group. In 1988, Ms. Clarke’s Miracolo d’amore was presented at the Spoleto Festival USA and at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Endangered Species, a work for performers and live animals was created for Music-Theatre Group and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1990. In recent seasons she directed Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Royal National Theatre in London and conceived and directed An Uncertain Hour, commissioned by the Nederlands Dans Theater 3, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Dance Festival. In addition, Ms. Clarke conceived and directed Vers la flamme , a dance theatre work based on short stories by Chekhov with music by Scriabin which was commissioned by Lincoln Center and ADF.
In opera Martha Clarke has directed The Magic Flute for the Glimmerglass Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Cosi fan tutte again for Glimmerglass, Tan Dun’s Marco Polo for the Munich Biennale, the Hong-Kong Festival and the New York City Opera. Most recently, Ms. Clarke directed Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice for the English National Opera and the New York City Opera as well as the critically acclaimed Einstein on the Beach for the Metropolitan Opera.
Miss Clarke was a founding member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been performed by the Nederlans Dans Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company in London and Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award and grants form the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations. Current and future projects are directing a stage version of The Blue Angel, a revival of an expanded version of Vienna: Lusthaus, and a film of Alice’s Adventures.