Catherine Cabeen – Hyphen

Catherine Cabeen (Choreographer, Director, Performer) has received choreographic commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos Lebanon, Moving People Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater Company, Arc Dance Company, Lehua Dance Company, Dance Company of Middlebury, and the Cabiri, among others.
Cabeen founded Catherine Cabeen and Company (CCC) in 2009, to explore how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies.   In the last four years CCC has engaged 30 interdisciplinary artists and created over 22 collaborative works.  CCC is now becoming Hyphen as its base shifts from the West to East coast.

Into the Void and Fire! two evening-length works by CCC were both commissioned by On the Boards in Seattle and are the first and second works in what will be a trilogy dedicated to New Realist Artists.  These interdisciplinary performance works combine historic scholarship and contemporary collaboration.  The trilogy is dedicated to connecting visual and performance art histories, and to honoring the value of ephemeral experiences.  Into the Void, and was selected to be broadcast live around the world on its opening night, via The full work can be seen at

Cabeen currently performs in her own work, and with Richard Move. She is a former member of the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1997-2005), and was Jones’ Assistant Choreographer on the original production of Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theater.  She is also a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Pearl Lang Dance Theater among others.

Cabeen holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and a BFA from Cornish College’s Professional Dancer’s Program.   Cabeen teaches internationally; contemporary dance technique and composition, 20th century dance history, Ethics/Aesthetics/and the Body, Anatomy/Kinesiology, and workshops based on movement and gender. Cabeen is also an OM certified yoga instructor and teaches for the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Education Outreach Department.  During the summer of 2011, Cabeen was Emerging Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival.  Following this experience she was invited to begin a three-year position at Middlebury College in VT as a Visiting Associate Professor.

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