Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France.
Faïn’s choreography fuses her European background with two decades of practice in
Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. From this diverse
background, Faïn has developed a unique movement and performance approach with a
complex understanding of the body as an endless resource of knowledge.
In 1990 she founded, designed and built the multidisciplinary arts center Atelier Trigon
with architect/poet Robert Kocik in Paris, which they co-directed from 1990-94. In 2006
she co-founded with Kocik The Prosodic Body, a new field of research that explores
language as sound, embodiment and utmost expression. In 2008 they co-founded The
Commons Choir, a performance collective of cross-sector and cross-discipline
Over the course of her career, Faïn has presented numerous evening-length
performances and other short works and installations. Recent residencies, commissions,
and performances include, among others: 2-Year residency at BRIC Arts Media (2015-
2017), Exploring the Metropolis (2016), Gibney Dance (2014); Laboratorio Alameda,
Mexico (2013, 2014); The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2014, 2010, 2008); New
York Live Arts/Dance Theatre Workshop (2013, 2011); and Dance New Amsterdam
Faïn has received numerous grants and awards both nationally and internationally in
recognition of her extensive body of work. In 1979, Faïn received the Cultural Ministry
Award from the Concours Internationale de Choreographie de Bagnolet. In 1986 she
received a fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research
Section. She has been awarded grants from the French Ministry of Culture (1984, 1986,
1994) and the Hip Up Foundation (Belgium). In NY her work has been funded by New
Music USA (2008, 2016), NYSCA (2017, 2008). Faïn was a recipient of the 2016 NYFA
Fellowship, and the Movement Research AIR (2008-2010). She also received funding
from the James E. Robison Foundation (2008, 2010, 2013), LMCC, Mertz Gilmore
Foundation and NYFA (Build Grant 2012). Faïn was also a Doris Duke Impact Grant
nominee in 2015.
Faïn is considered a master teacher and has taught a variety of classes and workshops at
highly regarded institutions across the U.S., including Harvard, NYU, Tulane, Adelphi,
Rutgers, Cooper Union, Sarah Lawrence, Trisha Brown Studio and Movement Research.