Diane Madden is a performer, choreographer, director and teacher based in NYC. Currently Associate Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Company, she has contributed to the creation and performance of Trisha Brown’s work since 1980. She performs, teaches and lectures with the company and curates the work for site-specific programs. Through the talents of dancers both within the company and from internationally known schools and companies, she enjoys keeping Brown’s rich range of choreography alive on stages and alternative sites worldwide. Madden has developed an approach to teaching dance that weaves anatomically grounded technique with improvisation, composition and performance skills. Her students range from dance artist professionals, through college students to artists from other disciplines including actors, singers, visual artists and composers. She has been a visiting teacher at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels, BE since 2007. Madden has presented her solo and collaborative choreography abroad and at home, most recently in “Sundays on Broadway” at WeisAcres, December 2017. In August 2018 she returns to Mahler and LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, IT to collaborate with filmmaker Matthew Burdis. The resulting work will be screened at “Sundays on Broadway” October 2018. Madden has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Jerome Bel, Polly Motley, Lance Gries, Vicky Shick, Juliette Mapp and Cathy Weis. Since 2006, Madden has been greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma. The Princess Grace Foundation has recognized Madden with two awards, in 1986 and again in 1994 for sustained achievement. She also received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1989. In 2012 NYC’s Movement Research honored her, along with the original cast, for Brown’s Set and Reset (1983) collaboration with Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson.
Contemporary Dance Practices
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