Marcus Young

Directorial Collaborator and Behavioral Artist

Marcus Young 楊墨 invites and challenges audiences to use his artistic forms to expand the repertoire of everyday life. With his early background in conducting classical music and directing theater, and his more recent work within city systems and exploring new DIY spirituality, Young has created such works as Don’t You Feel It Too? – a participatory practice of dancing your inner life in public places; Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk – a systems-based work that transforms St. Paul’s annual sidewalk maintenance program into a publishing entity for poetry; and With nothing to give, I give myself – living 10 days around the clock in silent retreat at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Since 2006, as Saint Paul’s City Artist in Residence, a program of Public Art Saint Paul, Young has broadened the field of public art and redefined the role of the artist within city government. Young was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Iowa. He has a BA in music from Carleton College and an MFA in theater from the University of Minnesota. Young is a recipient of awards from the Bush, Jerome, and McKnight foundations, Minnesota State Arts Board, Drama League, and Franklin Furnace. This is his second show with Ananya Dance Theatre.