Garance Marneur is known for designing compelling experiential spaces and costumes for theater, dance, opera, and film. The press has referred to Marneur’s work as “a visual coup d’état,” describing her design for a 2011 Royal Shakespeare Theatre production as a “great set complemented by terrific projection; which at one point made the balconies around the theatre appear to rise and fall as though in a silent earthquake. An extraordinary effect.” Marneur was selected as one of the 12 most influential designers in the UK by the Society of British Theatre Designers, representing the UK at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. In 2007, she received the prestigious Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design, the highest award for stage designers in Europe.
LEVYdance founder Benjamin Levy had the opportunity to collaborate with Marneur on a piece created for the Scottish Dance Theatre in 2011. Levy calls his experience working with Marneur a true partnership, and credits her with co-authoring the progression of the work, rather than simply creating a set and costumes for his dance. “Working with Garance,” Levy said, “I immediately discovered we shared the same values of creating a sympathetic experience that offers insight to the audience… as well as that I wanted to work with her again.” The resulting work, titled Khaos, was selected to represent the best in British contemporary theatre design in a six-month exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Marneur and Levy joined forces again in 2013, creating an interactive installation at the Exploratorium called Comfort Zone. The exhibit, which invited visitors to interact with choreographed animated projections, ran for a year and later toured to Beijing.
Working in and beyond the world of stage, Marneur was engaged by NBC Universal to act as Creative Director for an immersive performance installation promoting the Minions movie. Several exhibitions of her work have been held at the National Theatre and the Lethaby Gallery in London and at many galleries in France. Marneur studied fine art in Paris before graduating with a degree in Design for Performance from Central Saint Martins in London, where she also currently lectures.
Benjamin Levy is a choreographer, dancer and artistic director recognized for innovative, interdisciplinary, interactive works that explore the nuance of the human experience. Levy’s distinct choreographic style has been sought after for commissions and master class directorships nationally and abroad, and he has collaborated with the Exploratorium, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, French couture designer Colleen Quen, industrial designer Rick Lee and Scottish Dance Theatre, among others.
Levy has been awarded a Choreographic Fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2006), an Emerging Choreographer Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation (2005), and has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Silo, and Headlands Center for the Arts. He earned a BA in Dance and Marketing from UC Berkeley.
Levy founded LEVYdance in 2002. LEVYdance very quickly became known for its innovative works and collaborations and in 2004 Levy was named one of the “Top 25 Choreographers to Watch” by Dance Magazine and awarded a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. As Artistic Director for LEVYdance, Levy presented original works at prestigious venues across the nation and internationally, engaged distinguished collaborators, and established a unique recognizable artistic aesthetic for LEVYdance. He currently serves on LEVYdance’s Board of Directors, helping steward the organization in its new direction as an advisor and resource.