ROCKLAND — Dance soloist Marcos Duran performs “Shapeshifter,” an evening of new choreography and performance art inspired by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s (CMCA) latest exhibition, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. This contemporary dance performance is presented in collaboration with CMCA and will take place in its Main Gallery at 21 Winter St. “Shapeshifter” is part of the Strand’s New Century Series of shows that explore new works, artists and spaces, bringing live theatre, dance and innovative cinema works to the Midcoast.

Duran’s performance piece will depict a person who dives in and out of physical transformations, in direct movement conversation with the architecture and works in the gallery space. “Shapeshifter” intends to redefine the idea of a contemporary dance work. Running time for the show is 45 minutes; it will be followed by a reception.

Marcos Duran

As a performer, Duran contemplates the inner power it takes to dance as a queer, gay, indigenous, Mexican-American cis gendered male performance artist. His work has been largely shaped by his time in New York, where he directed and performed in Marcos Duran Performance Group while an artist-in-residence at Center for Performance Research. Focusing on individuality within collectives, he honed his abilities as a transdisciplinary collaborator at University of California San Diego, bringing dancers, actors, designers, composers and digital engineers together on stage for his MFA thesis at the La Jolla Playhouse theater district. He specializes in directing and performing his own evening length works, responding to site specific environments, conditions and stimuli, recently presenting work at the Without Walls (WOW) Festival and at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, Calif. His passion for filmmaking and performance was lauded with the Best Performances award for “Minced” at the Los Angeles Experimental Film Festival 2021. Also, his writing about art was published in HereIn Journal in October. He works with San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, and is currently appointed as a lecturer in dance at UC San Diego and San Diego City College.

Tickets for this limited-capacity show are $25 and can be purchased at rocklandstrand.com, by calling 207-594-0070, or at the door if still available.