Photos by Satoshi Tsuchiyama / Megan Stahl
Choreographer/composer Tatyana Tenenbaum’s work employs breath, voice, fascia and musculature to excavates spaces of memory, power and transformation. Her ancestors wove their voices into the tuneful stories of the Broadway stage. She draws from this lineage while grappling with the lived residues of American violence buried in its form, feeling and pleasure.
Her work sits at the juncture of experimental music and dance has been described as “rich polyphony” (The New Yorker) and “transcending the fraught history between utterance and stance through an exacting inquiry” (Critical Correspondence).
She has been commissioned and presented by the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Temple University, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, Center for Performance Research, Roulette Intermedium, Panopoly Performance Laboratory, The Watermill Center, Mount Tremper Arts and AUNTS, among others. She co-organized collective terrain/s at Danspace Project in 2019 with Lydia Bell and Jasmine Hearn, which featured the voice and choreographic work of Hearn, Tenenbaum, Tendayi Kuumba & Greg Purnell, and Samita Sinha, as well as a publication by the same name.
Tenenbaum was a 2017/18 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and has had residencies at Banff Arts Center Revolution: Resonant Bodies (Canada), Temple University (Philly), Pieter PASD (LA), The Field (NYC) and Espacio Ambimental (Bogotá, Colombia). She has received additional support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Brooklyn Arts Council, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
She has performed and collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, Jennifer Monson, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson/CATALYST, Andy Luo & lily bo shapiro, Juliana May, DOING AND UNDOING collective, and Hadar Ahuvia.
Since 2007 Tenenbaum has organized spaces for interdisciplinary practice. Currently, with Peter Scicioli and Pyeng Threadgill she co-organizes Sounding Body workshops at Movement Research. She was a founding organizer for Brooklyn Studios for Dance (2015-16), an organizer for CLASSCLASSCLASS (2011-2016), Movement Research’s fallow time Spring Festival (2014), and The Raw and The Cooked Show (2007-2009) at The Tank. She attended Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) in 2017. She is a member of ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity).
She received dual degrees from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music in dance and music composition.