Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. Her work has been presented at The Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS-122, and the 92nd Street Y, among many other venues. Over the course of her career, she has presented 15 evening-length performances and numerous other short works and installations. She founded, designed, and built the multidisciplinary arts center and performance space Atelier Trigon with architect/poet Robert Kocik in Paris in 1990, and served as its Co-Artistic Director from 1990-1994. In 1979, Faïn received the Cultural Ministry Award from the Concours Internationale de Choregraphie de Bagnolet (France). In 1986 she received a special fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section. She has also been awarded numerous grants from the French Ministry of Culture, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Foundation Cartier (Paris), the Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris), and Marseille Objectif Danse (Marseille, France).
Robert Kocik’s cutting-edge work blurs the distinction between art and architecture. He has studied poetry at the New College in San Francisco and engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique IBOIS in Lausanne, Switzerland. After apprenticing with Japanese woodworkers in the San Francisco Bay Area, under the tutelage of Makoto Imai, and working with the Compagnons du Devoir, a traditional French wood-framers guild, Kocik began fusing these two traditions in his own work, beginning with furniture, and gradually evolving into architecture and sculpture. Kocik has exhibited related sculptural work at P.S. 122, Hunter College Gallery, the Kentler International Drawing Space, and the Makor Gallery, all in New York, and other venues. Kocik is also an acclaimed poet whose books include Over Coming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2000) Rhrurbarb (Ecopoetics, 2007) and the forthcoming The Prosodic Body (The Factory School, 2009). His poetry and writings have appeared in the journals Acts, Object, Crayon, Action Poetique, The New Coast, and Ecopoetics, among many others.