Barbie Diewald’s choreography is primarily concerned with embodiment, ephemerality, and processes of becoming and unbecoming. Her work has been presented in New York City (BAM, Movement Research at the Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, etc.), Western Massachusetts (Jacob's Pillow, A.P.E Gallery, the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought), and abroad at pOnderosa (Germany) and the Bogliasco Foundation Center (Italy). She has collaborated with a broad range of artists and improvisers including Stephanie Maher, Bronwen MacArthur, Katie Martin, Kate Seethaler, and composer and multimedia artists Trevor Gureckis and Jazer Giles. From 2010 to 2014, Barbie directed New York City’s TrioDance Collective alongside Emily Jeffries and worked administratively at New York Live Arts and Susan Marshall & Company.
Barbie has been in residence at Silo at Kirkland Farm (Pennsylvania), The Putney School (Vermont), CORA Studios (Brooklyn), Chen Dance Center/New Steps (NYC) and the APE Gallery's Activate/Research/Create Residency. In 2016 Barbie was awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship, which supported the development of her latest work “Eighteen Refrains re:Rhoda.” From 2015-2017, she served as Director of Programming at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, creating initiatives for emerging local artists and presenting the work of established professionals such as Katy Pyle/Ballez, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Raja Feather Kelly.
After earning a BFA from Millikin University and MFA from Smith College, Barbie taught Ballet, Experiential Anatomy, Composition and Modern Technique at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, MA, where she teaches Contemporary Dance Practices, Repertory, and Composition. She is also on faculty at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, MA. Barbie is a certified Simonson Technique Teacher, under the training of the technique's originator, Lynn Simonson.
About Barbie Diewald Choreography
In 2014, after many years of co-directing TrioDance Collective in New York City (alongside Emily Jeffries), I relocated to Western Massachusetts for Graduate School. This change of landscape- at once physical and psychological, called me to reconsider the economies of my work: scale, community, time and space. Barbie Diewald Choreography became a platform for my rigorous physical and research practices, along with performance, teaching, and collaboration. The company is based in Northampton, Massachusetts, but has strong ties to New York, and an international presence (most recently in Genoa and Berlin).
My vision for Barbie Diewald Choreography presently has two objectives: to create excellent dance work that is prepared to tour locally, nationally and internationally; and to thoughtfully integrate the human dimension and emerging media. I work primarily with small ensemble casts (3-6 people), and the sonic and video elements serve ostensibly as a self-creating set, making the dance well-suited for an extended life.
Additionally, Barbie Diewald Choreography creates collaborative opportunities for local professional dancers who have previously had to travel to New York or Boston for their creative work. Dancers are always paid hourly for rehearsals and additional fees for performances. It is important for me to create a professional ethos that values the contributions and creative agency of my dancers, who range in age from 21-47. My work has recently been supported by the Northampton Arts Council, The Massachusetts Council for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
Photos by Jim Coleman (Banner) and David Gonsier