Visiting Assistant Professor of DanceArtistic Director of Catherine Cabeen and Company
Catherine Cabeen, MFA, is a dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Catherine Cabeen and Company (CCC). She has received choreographic commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, the American College Dance Festival NW, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Moving People Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater Company, Arc Dance Company, and the Cabiri, among others. The New York Times recently called CCC’s Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”
CCC has toured nationally and internationally. Cabeen has received support for her work from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4 Culture, the Bernstein Foundation, and NPN's Creation Fund. Cabeen was named a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Seattle: 2009 and the 2011 Emerging Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival.
Cabeen’s 2011 evening-length work "Into the Void" was broadcast live around the world on its opening night, via Lowlives.net. "Into the Void" was also filmed for and distributed on Ontheboards.tv, On the Boards' on-line performance initiative.
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 (1998-2005), and the Martha Graham Dance Company, among others. Cabeen teaches internationally; contemporary dance technique and composition, 20th century dance history, and workshops based on movement and gender.
For more information, see catherinecabeen.com.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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DANC 0160 - Intro Dance
Introduction to Dance
This entry-level dance course introduces movement techniques, improvisation/composition, performance, experiential anatomy, and history of 20th century American modern dance. Students develop flexibility, strength, coordination, rhythm, and vocabulary in the modern idiom. Concepts of time, space, energy, and choreographic form are presented through improvisation and become the basis for a final choreographic project. Readings, research, and reflective and critical writing about dance performance round out the experience. 2 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab
DANC 0285 / WAGS 0285 - Ethics/Aesthetics/Body
Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Moving Body
What are you willing to do to "look right?" In this course we will investigate how questions about what is good, and what is beautiful, affect how we treat our bodies. We will explore somatic techniques, in which the body is used as a vehicle for understanding compassion. In contrast, we will examine the extreme physical regimens of concert dance techniques that originated in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in which the body is seen as an object to be molded into an aesthetic ideal. The course will utilize readings in philosophy and dance history, reflective and research based writing, and movement practices. (No previous experience necessary) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab
DANC 0360 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance I ▲
Intermediate/Advanced Dance I
This course involves concentrated intermediate-advanced level work in contemporary dance technique and choreography culminating in production. Theoretical issues of importance to the dancer/choreographer are addressed through readings, writings and practice. (DANC 0261 or by waiver; this course may be taken in any sequence with DANC 0361, DANC 0460, DANC 0461) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab
DANC 0376 - Anatomy and Kinesiology ▲
Anatomy and Kinesiology
This course offers an in-depth experiential study of skeletal structure, and includes aspects of the muscular, organ, endocrine, nervous, and fluid systems of the human body. The goal is to enhance efficiency of movement and alignment through laboratory sessions, supported by assigned readings, exams, and written projects. (Not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect.
Spring 2013, Fall 2013
DANC 0460 - Intermediate/Advanced DanceIII
Intermediate/Advanced Dance III: The Place of Dance
In this course we will investigate three aspects of place in relation to dance: where we source movement, the relevance of dance in culture, and the effects of place on the moving dancing body. Material covered will include body systems dance technique at the intermediate/advanced level, improvisation and composition toward choreography and site specific work, readings and reflective writing, and performance viewing. The course culminates in formal and informal showings of performance work. The emergence of a personal philosophy and dance aesthetic will be engaged and formally articulated in writing. (DANC 0261; this course may be taken in any sequence with DANC 0360, DANC 0361, DANC 0461) 4.5 hrs. lect./2 hrs. lab.
DANC 0461 / MUSC 0461 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance IV
Intermediate/Advanced Dance IV: Performance Improvisation
This is rigorous training in techniques that prepare a student for the challenge of simultaneously conceiving, composing, and performing strong, theatrical dances, on the spot, alone and in ensemble. Body is developed as an articulate, responsive instrument. Mind is honed toward quick, clear perception of potential form, willingness to act and react. Personal philosophy and dance aesthetic are cultivated and formally articulated in writing. Musicians proficient with their instrument and able to read music are strongly encouraged to seek admission. (Required for dancers: DANC 0261 or by waiver; this course may be taken in any sequence with DANC 0360, DANC 0361, DANC 0460) 6 hrs lect.