Meet the Artist: Mark Haim

Originally from New York City, Mark Haim has been making dances and teaching dance for 35 years. He is creating a new work for NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN on June 14, featuring PNB Principal dancer Noelani Pantastico and six PNB School students. Tickets are on sale now.


Mark Haim. Photo © Charles S.
Mark Haim. © Charles S.

In April 2019, Mark presented a new 70-minute solo work, Parts to a Sum, in which he recreated “movements with good intentions” sent to him by 370 friends around the world; KCTS produced an excellent documentary short about the process leading up to this performance at Velocity Dance Center.


Mark Haim mid-air in his solo work Parts to a Sum, 2019. Photo © Jim Coleman.
Mark Haim in his solo work Parts to a Sum, 2019. © Jim Coleman.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A tree.

What is your most treasured possession?

My body.


 Mark Haim mimes screaming into a standing microphone, in studio rehearsing his solo work Parts to a Sum, 2019. Photo © Jim Coleman.
Mark Haim in his solo work Parts to a Sum, 2019. © Jim Coleman.

What is your favorite occupation?

Being in water.


Still, blue-tinted photo of a dancer wrapped head to knees in sheer fabric, from Mark Haim's Buoyant Despite Slump, 2010. © Jazzy Photo.
Mark Haim’s Buoyant Despite Slump, 2010. © Jazzy Photo.

How would you like to die?


Put to sleep like a dog with my loved ones around.


Four dancers walk forward with confidence, holding latte cups and checking their nails in Mark Haim's This Land is Your Land, 2014. © Grant Halvorson.
Mark Haim’s This Land is Your Land, 2014. © Grant Halvorson.

What is your current state of mind?

Recuperating.


Five characters walk ahead with purpose, holding latte cups with cell phones up to their ears, in Mark Haim's This Land is Your Land, 2014. © Grant Halvorson.
Mark Haim’s This Land is Your Land, 2014. © Grant Halvorson.

Get your tickets to NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN today!

Keep up with Mark’s performance and teaching schedule.

Questions excerpted from The Proust Questionnaire.

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