ArtDesk dance editor Larry Keigwin led this conversation with Marlana Doyle, artistic director of Houston's contemporary company METdance. Marlana has been dancing with METdance for the past fifteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content.
Through her commitment and drive, the company has performed at venues across the country including Green Box Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out (2012,2014, 2017), Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Chicago, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, and the 17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in addition to local venues such as the Dallas Dance Festival and Austin Dance Festival. Her strength of vision has brought many sought-after choreographers to METdance and the Houston public including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Peter Chu, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska.
As a dancer, Marlana has performed works by many of the talented METdance choreographers and continues to delight audiences on stage with the company. Marlana is a regular faculty member at the METdanceCenter and directs the highly successful MET too youth company, an intense program focused on preparing young dancers for dance programs at universities and a career in dance performance. Marlana is also a guest teacher and an award winning choreographer for her students throughout the United States. She lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband Ben and her two daughters Olivia and Evie.
Photo credit: Tom Kimmell