Quicksilver Dance, a modern/contemporary dance company directed by Mariah Steele, was founded in Cambridge, MA in 2010, relocated to Oakland, CA in 2015, and has been located in Rochester, NY since 2018. Using anthropological inquiry and artistic exploration, our dances delve into contemporary and timeless issues to inspire reflection and imagination and to spark new perspectives and cross-cultural dialogue.

Quicksilver Dance has been presented throughout the Bay Area, Northeast and internationally to wide acclaim. In 2013, The Boston Globe Magazine named Artistic Director Mariah Steele a “Rising Talent” in a cover-page feature article, and she was nominated for the “Best Choreographer Award” at the St-Ambroise Festival in Montréal, Canada in June 2014. Quicksilver has received numerous grants and residencies on both coasts and has been presented at notable venues such as ODC Theater, MIT, Harvard University, SUNY Purchase, Princeton University, Brooklyn’s John Ryan Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, University of Rochester, and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Quicksilver has also been in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts (Fall 2012), Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy (July 2012) and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Fall 2016). In 2017, the company received a $5,000 matching grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Mariah’s choreography explores the human condition, inspired by many ways of knowing, including anthropology, history, science and visual arts. Quicksilver’s collaborative creative process tackles big issues in today’s world ranging from genetic engineering to California’s water crisis. Despite the dense subject matter, the Montréal blog Bloody Underrated wrote, “I dare you to find a company that dances with more heart.”

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