Catherine Cabeen - Artist
Artistic Director of Hyphen
Hyphen was created in 2009 as a forum for the intersection of ideas. This forum is fed by difference, juxtaposition, and contrast. Hyphen seeks to embrace diversity and celebrate the multifaceted nature of our experience as human citizens of earth.
As a choreographer and seeker on the embodied spiritual path, I see all bigotry and bias based on gender, race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, size, and class as an anathema to our evolution as a species. On that note, yes, I believe in evolution, climate change, and science in general.
My current work is exploring bio-tensegrity and the embodied mind, in relation to intersectional feminism and a world without boarders. When I started the project I thought I would be using new, but indisputable science to support progressive politics. In recent weeks, as science itself has come under attack, I recognize that as a woman, my interest in science is as political as my queer approach to female representation on stage.
At a time when all that I value is under attack, I strive to create work that stands in defiance of misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, denial of climate change, and “alternative-facts.” I pray for all of my creative peers that we may transform our fear and rage into grist for the mill.
Hyphen is a project-based, interdisciplinary, performance company, currently anchored in New York City. The New York Times has called Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.” The New York Times, May 13, 2011.
Founded after Cabeen was a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Seattle: 2009, Hyphen (formerly Catherine Cabeen and Company) was created in order to provide a forum for investigating the intersections of scholarship, interdisciplinary
collaboration, and movement invention.
Hyphen has created 3 evening-length works inspired by New Realists. On the Boards in Seattle, WA commissioned Into the Void, based on the life and work of Yves Klein, in 2011. The full work can be viewed @ On the Boards Television.
On the Boards also commissioned Fire! in 2013, fueled by reflections on Niki de Saint Phalle's Shooting Paintings. The Seattle Art Museum commissioned an evening-length site-specific work, Where They May, inspired by Saint Phalle's monumental Tarot Garden for the Olympic Sculpture Park in 2012.
Playing with relationships between the visual and performing arts, Hyphen has created several site-specific works in collaboration with art museums including the Mahaney Art Museum in VT, Grounds for Sculpture in NJ as well as the Seattle Art Museum. Hyphen regularly engages fashion designers, sculptors, composers, writers, and digital media artists as well as dancers. Since its inception Hyphen has featured the work of over 40 brilliant interdisicplinary artists on programs that have been performed throughout the continental United States, as well as in Vieques PR, Byblos Lebanon, Belfast Ireland, and Dar Es Salaam Tanzania.
Hyphen has received support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4 Culture, The Washington State Arts Commission, the National Performing Network Creation Fund, The Bernstein Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and generous individual donors.
Cabeen and Karena Birk in Chromatic Dispersion, costumes by Michael Cepress, photo by Tim Summers
Catherine Cabeen in Into the Void, photo editing by Phill Cabeen
Cabeen is a former dancer with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1997-2005) the Martha Graham Company (05-06), and Richard Move's MoveOpolis! (2006-2017), among others.
Cabeen currently performs in her own work.
In addition to her work with Hyphen, Cabeen frequently choreographs for independent commissions. During the summer of 2011, she was Emerging Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival.
Western Washington University, Marymount Manhattan College, Middlebury College, Cornish College, Dance Fremont, and Texas Women’s University have commissioned her work for students.
She has created work on professional dancers for Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, Moving People Dance Theater, and Alsarab Dance Company in Byblos Lebanon.
Catherine Cabeen's visual art is part of her meditative practice. Her colorful hand drawn works aim to inspire healing through contemplation of the integration of color, sacred geometry, occult symbolism, and the body. Her work has been published in Gigi Berardi's 2005 Finding Balance, and has been shown at several small galleries in New York City.
Manipura by Cabeen