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Company Mission

Hyphen is a New York based dance company anchored in the choreographic work of Catherine Cabeen. Hyphen engages numerous interdisciplinary artists in collaborative projects that celebrate the body as an intersection for ideas.

Company History

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. Through Hyphen, Cabeen has engaged musicians, dancers, writers, fashion designers, sculptors, digital media artists, fiber artists, and scholars in collaborative creative processes, resulting in innovative new works.

Cabeen has shown work in New York, Dar es Salaam, Athens, Byblos, Orono, Belfast, Cork, Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Hamilton, Cape Cod, Lewiston, Bellingham, Ann Arbor, Middlebury, Vieques, Montery, and Seattle. Cabeen currently tours nationally and internationally both with Hyphen and as a solo artist.

Cabeen’s 2011 Into the Void, was commissioned by On the Boards in Seattle, and inspired by the life and work of Yves Klien. Into the Void was selected to be broadcast live around the world on its opening night, via Into the Void was also documented for On the Boards’ on-line performing arts library. The full work can be seen at

Cabeen’s second evening–length commission from On the Boards, Fire!, embodied the powerful and emotional archetypes of Niki de Saint Phalle's monumental Tarot Garden. Fire! premiered Jan 17–20, 2013 at On the Boards.

Cabeen's research into the work of Saint Phalle also inspired Where They May, a site–specific work commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, Ready,Aim…, a solo work focusing on female objectification, and Hair Trigger, a solo–remix–reduction of the research that went into Fire!, focusing on both current and historic relationships between femininity and violence.

Cabeen has received support from 4Culture, SOACA, Joyce Theater, Boeing Foundation, the National Performing Network, Washington State Council for the Arts, and numerous individual donors.