Catherine Cabeen

Into the Void

Inspired by postmodern visual artist Yves Klein, Into the Void mixes visual arts, drag performance and precise choreography performed by 5 dancers to evoke the complex gender politics of ... More

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Inspired by postmodern visual artist Yves Klein, Into the Void mixes visual arts, drag performance and precise choreography performed by 5 dancers to evoke the complex gender politics of Klein’s work. Juxtaposing ornate materials with open spaces and transparent fabrics, the stage environment and materials mimic Klein’s artistic ideals as re-envisioned by a creative team including Michael Cepress (costume design), Kane Mathis (music), Susan Robb (sculpture), Tivon Rice (digital media) and Connie Yun (lighting).

  • Performance: Apr 29, 2011

  • Venue: On the Boards | Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 70 min

  • Posted: Jul 6, 2011

Cast & Credits

Choreographer Catherine Cabeen
DancersCatherine Cabeen
Germaul Barnes
Karena Birk
Echo Gustafson
Matthew Henley
Sarah Lustbader
Costume DesignMichael Cepress
Stage ManagerAlex Harding
DranatyrgTonya Lockyer
UnderstudyElla Mahler
Music CompositionKane Mathis
Tech Director
Jay McAleer
Digital MEdiaTivon Rice
SculptureSusan Robb
Project Assistant/Understudy
Chelsea Williams
Lighting DesignConnie Yun

About The Artist

Catherine Cabeen, has received commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Art Museum, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos Lebanon, Gallery Galleon in Puerto Rico, Moving People Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater Company, Arc Dance Company, Lehua Dance Company, and the Cabiri, among others.

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. In 2013 Cabeen choreographed for the film, Fall to Rise, staring Desmond Richardson and Katherine Crockett.

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 was based from 2006-2013, she performed as a guest artist with Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, and the Chamber Dance Company among others. She presented her own work at numerous festivals and venues, including: 12 Minutes Max, OtB's Northwest New Works Festival, OtB's Northwest Artist Series, BOOST, Seattle Art Museum, 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.

The New York Times recently called Cabeen's Hyphen, "highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite," and "beautifully performed."

For more information see catherinecabeen.com