photo by Miana Jun

Daria Faïn

Of mixed Mediterranean origins, Daria Faïn was raised in France and has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 1996. Her performance practice is informed by four decades of studies in the Asian philosophies of the body. Additionally, Faïn has conducted extensive research on ancient Greek theater/architecture as it relates to culture, society, politics, and economics. These studies led her to an investigation of sensory perception and its complex role in human behavior patterns. In 2006, with architect Robert Kocik, she founded the Prosodic Body, a new field of research to explore language as a vibratory medium interrelating art, health, and society. Its performative branch is called The Commons Choir. Over the years Faïn’s choreographic research has led her to work with people with mental illness, developmentally disabled, and blind-deaf individuals, leading to a complex understanding of the body as an endless resource of knowledge.

Commission and Residency Highlights: Faïn is a 2019 Movement Research Resident Artist supported by the Rosin Fund, Saari Residency, Finlande (2019); Zagred Dance Center, Croatia (2028); BkSd (2018-2019); BRIC Arts Media (AIR 2015-2017); Gibney (2014,2017); NYLA (2013); Danspace Project (2006, 2008, 2010); LMCC (2008, 2010, 2014); The Chocolate Factory (2005, 2010).

Awards Highlights: NYFA - Build Grant (2008, 2016); New Music USA (2008, 2016); NYSCA (2008, 2017); Doris Duke Impact Award nominee (2015); James E Robison Foundation (2008, 2010, 2013); LMCC (2008, 2010, 2015); Mertz Gilmore Foundation (2013).

Faïn has taught at Movement Research since 2005. She has taught master classes and workshops at institutions across the United States, including The New School (2015), Harvard University (2011), Trisha Brown Studio (2008), New York University (1999, 2001, 2010, 2015), Tulane University (1998), Adelphi University, Rutgers University (2010), Cooper Union (1986), and Sarah Lawrence College (2009).

Faïn has also taught at Independent Dance in London and Tanzfabric in Berlin (2017, 2018).

During The Commons Choir 2-year residency at BRIC Arts Media, Fain and Kocik co-taught series of workshops through communities such as The Griot Circle (Senior center for LGTB of color) and at BRIC Arts Media house through open class who attracted 60 people per class from 7 to 75 years old from an extreme diverse origins and walks of life.

2008 Artist-in-Residence,


MELT Faculty,

2019 Fall Festival

Past Classes & Events

Fall Festival | OPEN STUDIO WITH: Patch The Sky With 5 Colored Stones (aka Landing Sites)

December 07, 2019


Jan 8 – Jan 12, 2018

Transitioning into Winter|Water: a Seasonal Workshop

Dec 10 – Dec 11, 2016


Tue & Thu, Jan 26 – Jun 30, 2016