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Performance Studies:
Emily Coates

Emily Coates is the artistic director of the World Performance Project and a lecturer in Theater Studies at Yale University, where she supervises the dance studies curriculum. As a dancer, she has performed with New York City Ballet (1992 - 1998), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1998 – 2002), Twyla Tharp Dance (2001 – 2003), and Yvonne Rainer (2005 – present). Her work has been commissioned by Performa 09, Ballet Memphis, and presented in the Movement Research Fall Festival, among other venues. She has been a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where she was a Martha Duffy Memorial Fellow, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, and Jacob's Pillow. Her current work includes a multi-sited research project on intercultural collaboration undertaken with Lacina Coulibaly, an artist based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Her essays have appeared in Theater, Transformations, and PAJ. With Joseph Roach, she is co-editor of Theater’s 2010 issue on postglobal dance. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from Yale ’06 and holds an MA in American Studies from Yale ’11.

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