Diane Madden
Choreographer in Residence


Diane Madden is a performer, choreographer, director and teacher. She is currently Associate Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Company with whom she has worked since 1980, contributing to the creation and performance of Trisha Brown’s work. From 1984 to 2000 she was Brown’s first Rehearsal Director, coaching dancers and cultivating the company’s repertory, returning to this role in 2010. In the interim she continued to work on Trisha Brown Company projects, reconstructing work on the company as well as The Wooster Group, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottish National Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, NYU’s Tisch and other schools and organizations around the world.

Madden continues to perform, teach and lecture with the company as well as curate the work for site specific programs. Describing Brown as ‘a creator not an educator’ Madden develops new work with collaborators, most recently in 2016 through Hope Mohr’s San Francisco based ‘Bridge Project’. Working with dancers and choreographers as well as actors, singers, visual artists and composers this multi-disciplinary project was based on interpretations of Brown’s Locus (1975) and generated new work in the collaborators’ respective disciplines, culminating in performance.

She joins us in Spoleto on an initial research visit to explore her own choreographic practice as well as to help us consider the potential for including choreography and movement practice as part of the residency program in the future.

Madden has presented her own mostly solo and collaborative choreography both in the US and abroad. Her collaboration with sound designer Iver Findlay and sculptor Peter Warren yielded three different solo improvisations performed at Danspace in NYC and culminated in a full evening performance work, shown at TouScene in Norway and NYC’s PS 122 in 2010.

Madden has enjoyed working with choreographers Jerome Bel, Polly Motley, Lance Gries, Vicky Shick, Juliette Mapp and Cathy Weis.

A founding member of Channel Z, Madden collaborated with this notable group in dance/film/video works from 1980-1985. In ensuing years she’s taken every opportunity to perform or study with Channel Z members Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff and Nina Martin. In December 2011, Channel Z reunited for a performance as part of Movement Research’s Improvisation Festival at NYC’s Danspace Project.

She has ongoing part time teaching positions at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and Tilt/Spazio Danza in Milan. Since 2006, Madden has been greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma.

The Princess Grace Foundation has recognized Madden with two awards, in 1986 and again in 1994 for sustained achievement.  She also received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1989. In 2012 NYC’s Movement Research honored her, along with the original cast, for Brown’s Set and Reset (1983), a collaboration with Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson.