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Catherine Cabeen—Hyphen

<p class="caption">Catherine Cabeen's Hyphen</p>
Friday–Saturday, October 11–12, 2013
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Catherine Cabeen—Hyphen

Hyphen is a contemporary dance company anchored in the choreography of dance faculty member Catherine Cabeen. Join us for an evening of interdisciplinary collaboration, investigating how collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies—shifting intersections of language, sound, color, emotion, and love arise from the dancing body. “Highly kinetic, complex movement . . . visually exquisite . . . beautifully performed”—New York Times. Stay for post-performance discussions with the artists both evenings. See full schedule of associated residency activities at Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program.

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Associated Residency Activities 

October 7, Monday

GYROKINESIS Master Class with Sarah Lustbader
2:50-4:15 PM, MCFA 110

GYROKINESIS® a somatic technique developed by Juliu Horvath, systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic, fluid movements. Sarah Lustbader has worked with Catherine Cabeen since 2009. Open to all levels. 

October 8, Tuesday

Ballet Master Class with Karena Birk 
9:30-10:45 AM, MCFA 109

Karena Birk, MFA, has worked with Catherine Cabeen since 2010. Open to all levels.

October 9, Wednesday

Movement Invention and Collaboration
12:30-1:20 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this lecture/demonstration, Catherine Cabeen and members of Hyphen perform excerpts from their upcoming performances and discuss the collaborative process. Bring a bag lunch. Residency activities are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts. 


Catherine Cabeen and Company's Fire!


Hyphen will perform a repertory program, including excerpts from Into the Void, 5 Windows, and a world premiere.

About the Company

Company Mission
Hyphen is a project-based, contemporary dance company. Anchored in the choreographic work of Catherine Cabeen, Hyphen is a forum for investigating how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies. Since 2009 Cabeen has created 24 new works in collaboration with 30 interdisciplinary artists. Hyphen performances dynamically engage the body as the intersection for ideas.

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. In Fall 2012 Cabeen will begin a three-year Visiting Lecturer appointment at Middlebury College in VT.

Artist Website

Press Reviews

“...highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”--The New York Times, May 2011

"Riveting… an engrossing feast for the senses… a mysterious, wondrous universe that won’t be soon forgotten" --Alice Kaderlan,, January 19, 2013

"Any time Catherine Cabeen moves her limbs and allows an audience, you should run, not walk. As a dancer, she is undeniably extraordinary. It does not matter what the movement is. She will not let go of your eyes as long as she is onstage. The tiniest roll of her shoulder, a knee slowly turning out, the release of a hip joint— every motion means." --Jen Graves, The Stranger SLOG, January 19, 2013

“There aren't many pleasures to equal watching dancer Catherine Cabeen in performance with musician Kane Mathis… In 5 Windows, she attaches herself to him, balancing against him and all but perching on top of him at times — this, while Mathis dazzles the audience with a virtuoso performance on the oud. …Cabeen's precise yet fluid articulation of her hips, torso, shoulders, limbs and digits “reads” like the most cadenced, seductive prose, full of bright imagery and subtle repartee.” --Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, March 23, 2012


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