EDUCATION AND INFLUENCES:
Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural 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. 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 15 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 (2015), 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).
AWARDS – GRANTS - COMMISSIONS
In 1979, Faïn received the Cultural Ministry Award from the Concours Internationale de Choregraphie de Bagnolet (France). In 1986 she received a special fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section. She has been awarded numerous grants from the French Ministry of Culture (1984-1986-1994). She has also received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (1994, 2008). Faïn’s work has been commissioned by the Foundation Cartier (Paris - 1996), the Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris - 1996), and Marseille Objectif Danse (Marseille, France 2001 - 2004). 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. For E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E, a piece commitioned by New York Live Arts 2012-13 her company, The Commons Choir, received funding from the Mertz Gilmore Fondation, New York Foundation for the Arts: BUILD Grant and the James E. Robison Foundation. Ms. Faïn was a Movement Research AIR in 2008-2010. She is currently Artist In Residence at BRIC Arts Media to create the next Commons Choir's production titled BROOKLYN REZOUND in the Ballroom Theater in 2017. This year 2016, Faïn and her partner poet Robert Kocik (co-founder of The Commons Choir) received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. The Commons Choir also received support for their upcoming production at BRIC a grant from New Music USA and a three month residency from Exploring the Metropolis.
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 developped her independent teaching practice since 2000 and has trained many professional dancers and choreographers.
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.