He was invited to dance for an international festival in Mexico City. One week after the performance of the festival, the National Ballet of Mexico invited Marden to stay and dance with their company. After two years in Mexico, his life changed dramatically when he decided to leave Mexico and defect from Cuba to the United States. He arrived in Newark, NJ where he declared political asylum one week later, he received a phone call from INTAR, a company who supports Latin Artists. They were producing a new Off Broadway show about Cuba called Nostalgia Tropical. Marden was the principal dancer in this production. After 1 year in NYC he began taking classes in every studio in NYC to see how he could continue his dancing. Choreographer and Director Donald Byrd, saw Marden taking class and invited him to dance with his company. After a performance with the Donald Byrd Company, he was approached by director and choreographer Elisa Monte to dance with her company. He danced with the Elisa Monte Dance Company for 12 years where he travelled and performed around the world. During his time with Elisa Monte he was a guest performer with various companies including Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson's’ company Complexions, John Passafiume, Paul Sanasardo, and Brett Raphael. He was invited to teach in Barcelona, Spain and ended up spending 2 years there dancing, teaching and performing with Increpacion Dance Company, David Campos Ballet Company, Lanonima Imperial and the Dance Institute of Barcelona.
He came to Ohio where he was an adjunct teacher at Wittenberg University, Wright State University and Ohio State University, Columbus & Mansfield branch. Currently he is the Artist in Residence at the Richland Academy where he teaches ballet & modern & creates choreography for dancers ages 10 – 18. He has been invited and teaches master classes at different studios in Ohio throughout the year.
A pedagogue and versatile choreographer, he taught his first classes in 1975 while still performing. He became a guest with leading ballet companies worldwide as in Berlin, Frankfurt, Washington, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Buenos Aires, Santiago (Chile), La Havana, the Joffrey, AmericanBalletTheatre&ABT’s Ballet Rep, NCDT/ NCSA, AterBalletto, the Harkness Dance Theatre&School, Chamber Ballet USA, PBT, Alvin Ailey School, Universities in Miami, Wisconsin, Royal Ballet of Flanders & Wallonie, and for N. Makarova, F. Bujones, S. Jaffe, J. Carreno, E. Terabust, C. Arbo, J. Arozarena, M-T Del Real, Y. Morishita, Ana Lobe, A.Goudonov, P. Savoye, etc. The co-founder director of NYC based youth company “Ballettoday”, his record includes over 300 choreographies (incl. first prizes: Lausanne, Moscow, Jackson, Paris), and coordinating the ballet for the Riverside Dance Festival in New York for 6 years. As a guest ballet master he also developed a profound stylistic knowledge of the classical repertoire. With great respect to the creators needs, he also rehearsed works by Balanchine, Forsyth, Tetley, Childs amongst others.
Luc studied in Brussels (De Munt Conservatoirium Dans), Monte Carlo (Academie Ballets de Monte-Carlo), Paris (A. Howard, D.Franck, R.Franchetti) and performed with the Royal Opera, De Munt/La Monnaie, Bejart Ballet, the Paris Opera, Balletti Carla Fracci, Ballets Monte-Carlo, Geneva Ballet and as a First Soloist with Ballet du Grand Theatre de Nancy, Hannover State Opera Ballet, Festival Aix, Ballet Theatre Français both in the classical repertoire and in many creations (Lazzini, Caciuleanu, Lacotte, Howard, Hightower, Charat, Bejart, Muller, Bagouet, Tarras, etc…).
Marden was born and raised in Santiago, Cuba where his family still lives. He was sent to the ballet of Camaguey at age 6 where he trained everyday under Fernando Alonzo. By age 15 he was in the company, Ballet de Camaguey, performing the principal roles of all the classical ballets. In his early 20’s he left the company and moved to Havana where he danced with the National Ballet of Television.
Luc Louis de Lairesse
Since 1988, a yearly collaboration with ballet legends Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov highlighted in Belgium, Italy and the USA, the DDF (Dance Development Fund, Natalia Makarova, Hon. President) and Ballettoday to promote dance and ballet in his country and abroad. He has been acclaimed for organizing festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Santa Fe (NM, USA). He launched Europe's first Aids Gala (Dance for your Life), PACT and has been a guest speaker at humanitarian events (incl.Yehudi Menuhin’s Foundation, @ the United Nations NYC, Tokyo, etc.)
For his special attention to the needs of the dancer today, Luc’s alternative way of teaching has made him a popular guest with both classical and contemporary dance companies and schools. He remains a most respected guest teacher in demand, (Bejart Ballet Lausanne, IBC. Barcelona, Miami University, Rambert Dance Co & School, ENB school/ Co, etc.), especially concentrating on the development of young dancers and preparing them for the present day demanding variety of choreography. He runs an internationally recognized Injury Prevention Program.
Spiralling Reality, 2007) will be soon followed by two novels. He has also been a juror in several IBC competitions such as the IBC. Korea, and Barcelona. Luc is fluent in six languages; loves humans, nature, good humor and a fun & healthy life.
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