Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer who grew up in Western Massachusetts and spent her childhood writing musical plays and participating in community theater. Based in Brooklyn since 2007, her work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body and its capacity to hold and shape American folkloric narrative, trauma and transformation.
Tatyana is currently a 2017-2018 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Her original work has been commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Temple University, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, Center for Performance Research, Roulette Intermedium, Danspace Project’s Draftwork series, Panopoly Performance Laboratory, The Watermill Center and AUNTS, among others. She has been an artist-in-residence at Pieter PASD (LA), The Field (NYC) and Espacio Ambimental (Bogotá, Colombia). She has received support from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. She attended Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, where she received dual degrees in dance and music composition.
She has had the privilege of performing and collaborating with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks (Love Story, Palestine), Daria Fain and Robert Kocik (Commons Choir) and Jennifer Monson (Live Dancing Archive). She also created and performed live sound design for Levi Gonzalez (The Craft of the Father). As a curator and community activist Tatyana co-organized teaching platform CLASSCLASSCLASS (2011-2016) and was a founding organizer for Brooklyn Studios for Dance in 2015. More recently she was grateful to participate in the Urban Bush Women’s 2017 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).