Mary John Frank

Mary John Frank

Houston native and New York-based artist Mary John Frank‘s creativity has taken her in several different directions. The choreographer and director has worked in film, theater, music videos, fashion, multimedia and installation art. Her latest project, Debutaunt, is an interactive dance-based show that explores the age-old tradition of “presenting” young women to society. In her take on the ritual, the audience is invited to attend a debutante ball where they meet five very different debs. In a time when “coming out” has taken on an entirely new meaning, the concept of a young woman being formally introduced to society is jarring. And yes, Frank herself is a former deb.

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