Emily Coates

Emily Coates

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Emily Coates is a dancer, choreographer, and writer who has performed internationally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp Dance, and Yvonne Rainer and Group. Career highlights include three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Erick Hawkins, Mark Morris, and Karole Armitage. Her choreographic work has been commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Performa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Ballet Memphis, Wadsworth Atheneum, University of Chicago, and Yale Art Gallery. Recent commissions include “Incarnations” (2017) and “A History of Light” (2018) both at Danspace Project. Choreography for theater credits include “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale” (2014, 2019) and “Max Makes a Million” (2019), dir. Liz Diamond; and “The Square Root of Three Sisters” (2016), dir. Dmitry Krymov. Awards include the School of American Ballet’s Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise; Martha Duffy Memorial Fellowship at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; Yale’s Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for Public Understanding of Science, Technology, and Economics; and a 2016 Fellowship at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts. She directs the dance studies concentration at Yale University, where she is associate professor in Theater and Performance Studies with a secondary appointment in Directing at Yale School of Drama. She is co-author, with particle physicist Sarah Demers, of the book Physics and Dance (Yale University Press 2019).

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