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About Barbie

Originally from Illinois, Barbie Diewald (she/her) is a choreographer and educator committed to creating the conditions for her students to activate their agency and deepen their research.  She is Assistant Professor of Dance at Mount Holyoke College and Artistic Director of Barbie Diewald Choreography. She is a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Choreography and 2021 NEFA New Work New England Grant Recipient. Her dances have been presented in New York at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), the 92nd Street Y, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, University Settlement (Performance Mix Festival), The Center for Performance Research, The Chocolate Factory, and The Kitchen, and regionally at the Academy of Music Theatre, A.P.E Gallery, The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and 33 Hawley Street.  Diewald has developed her work through residencies at Jacob’s Pillow, the Bogliasco Foundation, The Iron Factory, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Cleveland School for the Arts, Ponderosa, and Silo at Kirkland Farm. She has recently performed in the work of Katie Martin, Kate Seethaler, Karinne Keithley Syers, and Sara Smith, and is currently in process with Shakia Barron, developing “Concourse” in collaboration with Five College Dance alumnae. Her academic research focuses on considering embodiment, queerness, and disability as companions in anatomical study. Diewald holds a BFA in Theatre from Millikin University and MFA in Dance from Smith College.

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