Catherine Cabeen, MFA, (Artistic Director of Hyphen, Dancer, Choreographer), has received commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, the American College Dance Festival NW, 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, and the Cabiri, among others. The New York Times recently called Cabeen’s Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”
Cabeen founded Hyphen (formerly Catherine Cabeen and Company) in 2009, to explore how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies. In the last four years Hyphen has toured nationally and internationally, and received support from both local and national arts funding organizations. Cabeen was a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Seattle: 2009. During the summer of 2011, she was Emerging Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival.
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.
In Seattle, where Cabeen has been based since 2006, she has performed as a guest artist with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, and the Chamber Dance Company among others. She has presented her own work at numerous festivals and venues, including: 12 Minutes Max, OtB’s Northwest New Works Festival, OtB’s Northwest Artist Series, The Annex Theater, Velocity, Broadway Performance Hall, Erickson Theater, Arts Launch, Bellevue Performing Arts Center, and the Seattle Changing Room.
Cabeen teaches internationally; contemporary dance technique and composition, 20th century dance history, and workshops based on movement and gender. Cabeen is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches for the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Education Outreach Department. Cabeen is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College.