Marlon Taylor-Wiles born and raised in Houston, Texas studied classical ballet and modern dance at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. When he is not choreography dance and ballet he does his other passion, George Frost. George Frost is a unisex jewelry and accessories line co-designed by Lisa Salzer and Marlon. “Culture Clash”, his newest unisex collection, represents a a mash up of vastly different cultural references, which re-imagine our perception of history. Powerful phrases from the art of painter Frohawk Two Feathers, such as ‘Your Crew is Not a Shield’ remind us to form our own individual opinions while Native American symbols like the forward facing palm encourage us to spread love. After all, it’s the George Frost way.
Back to his first love, upon graduating from HSPVA, Marlon received a full-scholarship to the Boston Conservatory, studying under renowned dancer Luis Fuente. Marlon subsequently toured the world with the well-respected NYC contemporary ballet company ArmitageGone! Dance, lead by Karole Armitage, one of the dance worlds’ foremost champion of and collaborator within the arts. Over the course of five years at ArmitageGone!, Marlon had the honor of working with many acclaimed artists, including Will Cotton, David Salle, and William Wegman, and performed at venues including BAM, the Joyce, the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the Opéra de Monte Carlo in an exclusive performance for Prince Albert II.
In 2012, Marlon was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Over the next few years, Marlon appeared in various spreads in Elle and i-D magazines alongside supermodels Dree Hemmingway, Chanel Iman, and Joan Smalls. Marlon performed in music videos alongside Beyonce and Madonna, as well as the highest-ever viewed YouTube commercial for Evian, Baby and Me. In 2014, Marlon founded FUTR to explore his creative love for dance and the arts, which he pursues with a driven passion.
This past winter Marlon presented FLYING UNDER THE RADAR (FUTR) in its inaugural season and premier of “where am i” (2015), a contemporary dance performance and digital art installation at New York City’s premier audio-video arts space, Lightbox. In this work, FUTR uses two mediums of art including movement and audio/visual projection to transform the environment in order to question the notion that life can only be supported on Planet Earth. “where am i” explores the idea of multiple universes co-existing beside one another, as well as the idea of being lost within one’s own tiny personal universe. “where am i” seeks to express that notion of our modern day mentality which focuses on the individual above all else – in the age of self-promotion and self-absorption through social media, we can often discount what lies outside of our own realities, yet the world marches on. The opening work of FUTR strives to illustrate that despite our self-centered tendencies, other events continue to occur each moment, the earth continues to orbit the sun, and just maybe numerous universes exist wherein a reflection of our own selves can be imagined.
As a representative of the brand and brother in spirit, Marlon is one solid, good-hearted dude that we are glad to call friend.
Photo by Rog Walker
Accessories by George Frost
Shoes by Converse