EDUCATION AND INFLUENCES:
Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York director and choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her work fuses her European cultural background with three decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body, American dance training as well ancient Greek theater. From this diverse background, Faïn has developed a unique movement and performance approach. She studied the classical Indian dance form Bharatha Natyam for five years in Paris with Amala Devi and in Madras, India with Swarnamuckie (State dancer of Tamil Nadu, 1982). In India she also studied the co-relationship between this classical form of dance and temple architecture. She was deeply influenced by her work with the Butoh-based artist Min Tanaka. With a grant from the French Ministry of Culture she studied at the Graham School in NYC from 1984 to1986. She has been certified in the Alexander Technique since 1991, and has been an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao (Mantak Chia Chinese Chi Kung University) since 2001 and studies Martial Arts with Master Allen Frank from 2007-2010. Faïn has also extensively researched the reciprocal influence between architecture and human behavior, and has given lectures on Swiss-born architect and urbanist Le Corbusier. Over the years Faïn’s choreographic research has led her to work with people with mental illness, the developmentally disabled, and blind-deaf individuals, leading to a complex understanding of the body as a endless resource of knowledge.
Over the course of her career, Faïn she has presented 17 evening-length performances and numerous other short works, installations, durational performance and improvisations. She founded, designed, and built the multidisciplinary arts center and performance space Atelier Trigon with architect/poet Robert Kocik in Paris in 1990, and served as its Artistic Director from 1990-1994. In 2006, with Robert Kocik, Faïn co-founded The Prosodic Body: a new field of research that explores language as sound, embodiment and utmost expression. In 2008 they also co-founded The Commons Choir, a core and variable cast of roughly 30 singers, actors, composers and people
In New York, Faïn's work has been presented and commissioned: by BRIC Arts | Media House (AIR 2015-2017), Gibney Dance (2014), The Poet's House and River to River Festival (2014), New York Live Arts (2013), Dance Theater Worksop (2011), Danspace Project (2006, 2008, 2010), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2008, 2010, 2014), The Kitchen (1996, 2004), Movement Research (1996, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), The Rubin Museum (2008) and The 92nd Street Y (2001).
GOVERNMENT and PRIVATE FOUNDATION SUPPORT:
From 2015-2017, for mayday heyday parfait Faïn was recipient of grants from the New Music USA, New York State Council of the Arts, the HipUP Foundation (Belgium). For E- V-E-R-Y-O-N-E, a piece commissioned by New York Live Arts 2012-13 her company, The Commons Choir, received funding from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts: BUILD Grant and the James E. Robison Foundation. In 2008 her Projects: THE EXTENT TO WHICH, THE PERINEUM: An Anechoic Darkroom, and The Commons Choir received funding from: Hip Up Foundation (Belgium), American Music Center: Live Music for Dance, New York State Cultural Affairs, James E Robison Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ms. She has also received a grant from the New York State Cultural Affairs (1994, 2008). She has been awarded numerous grants from the French Ministry of Culture (1984, 1986, 1994).
AWARDS and FELLOWSHIPS:
Faïn and her partner poet Robert Kocik (co-founder of The Commons Choir) received the 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Faïn was a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Nominee. In France, she received a special fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section 1986 for a research on the body in Le Corbusier’s architecture. As a young dancer Faïn received a scholarship for the French Cultural Ministry to study in New York at the Martha Graham School. 1979, Faïn received the Cultural Ministry Award from the Concours Internationale de Choregraphie de Bagnolet.
Faïn has been a faculty member at Movement Research since 2005, and she has taught master classes and workshops at institutions across the United States, including The New School (2015), Harvard University (2011), Trisha Brown Studio (2008), New York University (1999, 2001, 2010, 2015), Tulane University (1998), Adelphi University, Rutgers University (2010), Cooper Union (1986), and Sarah Lawrence College (2009).
Faïn has also taught at Independent Dance in London and Tanzfabric in Berlin (2017, 2018).
Faïn has developed her independent teaching practice since 2000 and has trained many professional dancers and choreographers. She now runs her own certification program in New York.
In Europe Faïn has taught at the University of Architecture Unit Paris 8 (1987), and at the Technische Universität in Berlin (1988).
Her writing has frequently been published in the Movement Research Performance Journal.