Christine Dakin

Christine Dakin (born August 25, 1949, New Haven[1]), is an American dancer, teacher and director, a foremost exponent of the Martha Graham repertory and technique.

Dakin is known for her performances of Ms. Graham's roles and for those created for her by Martha Graham and artists such as Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp and Martha Clarke. Performing in the principal theaters of the world, partnered by renowned artists such Rudolf Nureyev[2] and filmed in the repertory, she was chosen by Graham for the company in 1976. Dakin became an Associate Artistic Director in 1997 and was named Artistic Director with Terese Capucilli in 2002.[3] Leading the company to its rebirth, they are credited with bringing the artistic excellence and repertory of the Company to a level not seen since Martha Graham’s death and were named Artistic Directors Laureate.

Dakin was honored by the dance community with a “Bessie” Performance Award (2003) and the Dance Magazine Award (1994), was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1999) and recipient of two Rockefeller-US-Mexico Fund for Culture grants (1998, 2001) for choreography, research and teaching. At Harvard University she was the Evelyn Green Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2007/08),[4] Visiting Lecturer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2006, 2009), offering the University’s first credit course in dance, and was the “Learning from Performers” guest artist (2001). Educated at the University of Michigan, Ms. Dakin is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Award (2001), an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Shenandoah University (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad de Colima, Mexico (2007).

On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993, she is currently faculty at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater and the Ailey School in New York, and is known internationally as a teacher and guest artist; since 1981 maintaining a special relationship with the Mexican dance community as teacher, choreographer with the Ballet Nacional de México, Universidad de Colima’s Ballet Folklórico and contemporary company Univerdanza,[5] and companies in Yucatán and Oaxaca. Her choreography in collaboration with Mexican composers and scenic designers has premiered in Mexico City and the International Festival St. Luis Potosí.

Dakin is currently creating a film and interactive DVD, La Voz del Cuerpo/The Body Speaks, her personal poetic of Martha Graham's dance; with an international collaboration of dancers and musicians exploring the revolutionary dance technique at the core of Graham's art and the creative life of the dancer. She is dancer and founding member of Buglisi Dance Theatre [6] (1993), of danz.fest (Italy 2008) and Invernadero Danza (Mexico 2009). With Radcliffe Institute colleague, physicist Jane Wang, Dakin has investigated with artists and scientists of the "dancing leaf group": "Locomotion/Emotion; perception of complex movement and the dynamics of beauty" in a 2009 Radcliffe Seminar; and "The Dynamics of Beauty: Human Perception of Complex Movement"[7] in a Radcliffe seminar in 2011.

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