(b Pensacola, Fla., 17 Oct. 1958)
US dancer and choreographer. She trained in gymnastics, then studied dance at the Juilliard School in New York (1976–8). She founded her own company in 1982 and since then has made more than 30 dance works for it. She has also choreographed for GRCOP (the experimental wing of Paris Opera Ballet), the Boston Ballet, the Frankfurt Ballet, and the Lyon Opera Ballet. A list of her works includes Ward (1983), Routine and Variations (1984), Arms (1984), Opening Gambits (1985), Arena (1986), Overture (1987), The Aerialist (1987), Kiss (1987), Interior with Seven Figures (1988), In Medias Res (1989), Contenders (1990), Standing Duet (1992), Untitled (Detail) (1992), Fields of View (1994), Central Figure (1994), Spectators at an Event (1994), Les Enfants Terribles (1996), a ‘dance-opera spectacle’ in collaboration with the composer Philip Glass, Run Toward the Noise (1998), The Most Dangerous Room in the House (1998), The Descent Beckons (1999), and Cloudless (2006). Eschewing a highly developed technical language, her work is influenced both by the contact improvisation of Steve Paxton and by the post-modernism of Trisha Brown. Her more recent work has incorporated text and video. Her first play, Walter's Finest Hour, premiered in New York in 1993.
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