Marlene Skog

Assistant Professor

mskog@education.wisc.edu

(608) 262-6576

126 Lathrop Hall

1050 University Ave

Madison, WI 53706-1304

Skog, Marlene

Marlene Skog is an award-winning choreographer and educator, whose career spans over twenty-five years across the U.S. and abroad. Skog’s choreography has been performed at the King’s Palace Edinburgh Scotland, Vancouver B.C., Manoa Hawaii, Chicago, Charlotte NC, NYC, Tallahassee, Madison Ballet and many venues across the Midwest. While living in Europe, she choreographed for the International Arts Festival Norway, Scandinavian Cultural Conference, the International Women’s Convention Uppsala University, and for official cultural events, historical theater and folk opera.

Skog was awarded the prestigious, Folkuniversitetets Cultural Prize, Gosta Knutsson Cultural Award and NordBanken’s Cultural Award, each a unique honor for a non-Swedish citizen. She also directed an international dance company while living in Sweden, performed, collaborated with Swedish choreographer Birgit Cullberg, and founded Uppsala Dansakademin, an establishment for dance arts today.
Skog is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn. In her early years she freelanced as a contemporary ballet and modern dance artist, studied dance at the Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham Studios, New Dance Group, and Ballet Arts-Carnegie Hall. She earned her MFA in Dance at the University of Arizona specializing in choreography and teaching.

The essence of Skog’s work addresses the enduring question of what it means to be human and is purposeful in its strong synthesis of movement, music and message.

Select Creative Works

  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Russell, Timothy , "DrRobinPuck," Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, (February 6, 2020 - February 15, 2020). Media Link
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), "All the world’s a stage.," Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL. (August 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Rubinstein, Matan , "As You Like It: Rosalind or Rosalind," Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL. (August 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Russell, Timothy , "Consider it not so deeply," Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL. (August 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Pärt, Arvo , "Exit," Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL. (August 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Russell, Timothy , "Ophelia’s Divide," Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL. (August 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Rubinstein, Matan , "her eyes are open. Ay, But their sense is shut," Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Madison, WI. (February 5, 2018 - February 17, 2018). Media Link
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), Knapp, Kevin , Pärt, Arvo , Rubinstein, Matan , Sussman, Diana , & Bentley, Janelle , "MOSAIC," Links Hall, Chicago, IL. (April 29, 2016 - April 30, 2016).
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), & Sussman, Dianna , "Dionysian Sea," Shannon Hall, Memorial Union Theater, Madison, WI. (February 6, 2015 - February 7, 2015). Media Link
  • Skog, Marlene (Choreographer), Pärt, Arvo , Rubinstein, Matan , Carlson, Carol , Bolander, LaLa , & Malner, Dale , "FACETS," Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Madison, WI. (November 15, 2012 - November 17, 2012).

Select Media Contributions

  • CORPS de Ballet International Conference, peer review of Exit. (July, 2019). Media Link
    Music: Arvo Part

  • Katie Reiser, Isthmus, Dance that Moved. (December, 2018). Media Link
  • Katie Reiser, Isthmus, Dancing with the Bard. (November, 2018). Media Link
  • Amy Munice, Picture This Post, Marlene Skog Dance Presents CONSIDER IT NOT SO DEEPLY Review – Bard-inspired Dance Animated by Gestures. (September, 2018). Media Link
  • Susan Kepecs, Cultural Oyster, Madison Ballet Springs Into…. (April, 2017). Media Link
  • Wda.americas.net, Evidence of Imagination Unveiling. (April, 2015).
  • Katie Reiser, Isthmus, Three of Madison’s Finest Troupes Leap onto the Stage. (February, 2015). Media Link
  • Kaija Pepper, Wda.americas.net, Response to Performance Works. (August, 2013).
  • Susan Kepecs, Cultural Oyster, Madison Ballet’s Spring Repertory Concert, ‘Exposed’ Exposes Excellent Dancing. (April, 2013). Media Link
    As guest choreographer, Madison Ballet commissioned my work "SWAN" to be performed in concert, "Exposed", April 19-20, 2013. The work was based on my response to the Gulf Coast oil spill in 2010. "SWAN" is a metaphor for life's resiliency, strength to survive and intelligence to defy an ultimate danger.
  • Isthmus, Arts 2012: Isthmus critics rate the year in Madison culture. (December, 2012). Media Link
    Headlining article features a photo from Rock/Paper/Scissors! in Facets with caption," Marlene Skog's night of contemporary ballet at the UW." Article highlights various dancers from FACETS performance.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Distinction Award, Recipient, Wisconsin Dance Council, 2018
  • Honored Instructors Award, UW-Madison Division of University Housing, (2009, 2011)
  • Dr. Pfaehler Award for Excellence, TRIO, 2004
  • Award for Creative Achievement in Dance, University of Arizona School of Dance Graduate Studies, 2000
  • Dean’s Think Tank on Excellence, University of Arizona, 2000
  • Fellowship, First recipient in choreography, The Green Valley Concert Association, 2000
  • Cultural Prize (Folkuniversitetet), First recipient of the award, The People’s University, 1995
  • Gosta Knuttson Culutral Prize, 1994
  • Nordbanken’s Cultural Award, 1986