Mark DeChiazza is a director, a filmmaker, a media and scenic designer, and a choreographer. Often, he performs more than one of these roles in a single project. His work explores intersections of disciplines and seeks expressive and kinetic possibilities in performance, presentation, and design. His aim is always to discover new ways that the discrete elements of a work can cohere to synthesize a singular and powerful experience.
This portfolio represents only a sample of his work completed to date. For more comprehensive information on his projects, including media and press links, please visit markdechiazza.com. For broken links, contact: email@example.com.
Visitations: Theotokia and The War Reporter - Jonathan Berger's two one-act operas. Video projections design by Mark DeChiazza.
VCU Blackbird Online Journal Publication - Mark DeChiazza discusses the creation and execution of large scale video projection for Visitations, a chamber opera diptych comprising two one-act operas, each with its own distinct design challenge.
Colloquy with God - Commissioned by New York Polyphony for Richard Rodney Bennett's A Colloquy With God, which he composed for the group shortly before his death, this short music film interprets the deathbed prayer through simple actions of a child in white room. Directed and edited by Mark DeChiazza.
5 Beasts - A music-theater work featuring Rinde Eckert, Ned Rothenberg, and Adam Matta, premiered at at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France in March 2015. Production designed and co-directed by Mark DeChiazza.
Strange Pilgrims - A film installation for Amy Beth Kirsten's work for chorus and orchestra, directed and edited by Mark DeChiazza. DeChiazza also designed a MAX/Jitter software patch for responsive live performance of the projected imagery in concert, allowing an operator to make choices to affect the film's ultimate form.
Sila - The world premiere of Pulitzer-winning composer John Luther Adams' Sila, a massive site-specific work for 80 musicians commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Mostly Mozart Festival 2014. Choreography and visual presentation by Mark DeChiazza defined the performers' relationship to audience within a massive site, and tuned the space to support the event.
Lear on the 2nd Floor - Anthony Davis's opera inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear tells the story of Nora Lear, a prominent neuroscientist plagued by early-onset Alzheimer's. With musical direction by Steven Schick, the cast featured soprano Susan Narucki, and UCSD Music Department doctoral and masters students. Mark DeChiazza directed and designed video projections for the production.