Posted 19 October 2002 - 08:26 PM
Posted 20 October 2002 - 03:37 AM
Have you thought of enlisting his wife as support by obtaining referrals to people you may contact directly. Also you might ask for input from his former Artistic Directors or fellow dancers.
I think it is wonderful idea to honor a former teacher in this way!
Posted 22 October 2002 - 08:43 PM
We have thought of asking his wife to help us, however, she suffers from severe depression (I can't remember the specific name). She stays inside a "shell". She doesn't come out of it very much...only if she knows you really well, and feels really comfortable with you. She has even stopped coming and running the sound system during performances. We invite her to everything, but she will not come. We are trying to find former students of his from San Diego, this was one of the ideas.
Thanks for the ideas!
Posted 01 January 2005 - 05:27 PM
I believe your project of making a memory book of him is wonderful! I'm sorry that I don't personally have any significant biographical information to add.
Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:22 PM
Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:44 PM
I read, today, in a back issue of "ballet talk" that "mzdaner" wants to learn previously unknown information concerning Marius Zirra, a Romanian ballet dancer and choreographer.
I have such information. Please contact me, and I'll send this information to anyone who is interested. Here's my contact information:
16044 N.E. 106th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
My apology for the timing of this post. Here is a brief explanation:
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was a college teacher of writing, humanities, and literature, as well as a dance, drama, and visual art critic for several, southern California newspapers. I wrote articles about Marius; produced a ballet of Marius', "The Choice"; and became his friend.
Marius became angry with me when I trashed the ballet he choreographed and I produced. When I moved to Seattle in 1981, Marius and I lost touch. I googled his name today and found "mzdancer"'s 2005 request for information about Marius that is not commonly known.
I valued Marius as a person, man, veteran, and ballet choreographer. He was heterosexual and loyal to his wife; neither are common among many males in the dance world, from my perspective. As a Viet Nam combat veteran, I often have an immediate affinity with people who have experienced prolonged exposure to war and find it hard to make friends with someone who hasn't been annealed by unusual, tragic experiences. Marius was the youngest fighter pilot in the Romanian Air Force. He was also a tortured prisoner, yet emerged from these tribulations as a gentle, cultured, generous man. He didn't wear his expansive life on his sleeve, and his quiet humility didn't match his prodigious accomplishments in more than a few arenas. Marius had a rare mix of passion and intelligence without bravado. He was silently brave in every aspect of his life I witnessed. One of our mutual friends, Quinn Mizer, a visual artist, who did the sets for Marius' "The Choice," died in 1981, and I couldn't bear to lose another friend. That's why I chose to lose contact with Marius. (I haven't had Marius' courage as a civilian.)
Marius is a man, war veteran, husband, ballet dancer, and ballet choreographer to be honored, and I would gladly contribute to honoring him in any way possible.
Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:00 AM
I danced with Marius from 1999 - 2003...so part of my training was at the same time as you! considering our studio wasn't that large, we probably know each other. My name is Brittney Terry.
I know you posted this quite a while ago, so I was wondering if you ever put together the book or not.
Posted 30 March 2010 - 02:12 PM
As you note, mzdancer posted quite a while ago and is not now a member of either BalletTalk or our sister board, BalletTalk for Dancers. Perhaps the best way to find whether she (presumably a she, since "we" is described as "a bunch of girls from our studio) ever published her book is to search Amazon's book listings.
Perhaps you have some special nostalgia about Marius Zirra that you'd like to share.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:18 PM
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