Michael Kliën (*1973, Vienna)
(…) the obligation—the morality, if you wish—of all the arts today is to intensify, alter perceptual awareness and, hence, consciousness. Awareness and consciousness of what? Of the real material world. Of the things we see and hear and taste and touch.
Kliën’s choreographies have been performed and situated in many countries across the world. Commissions include New Museum (NY), Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier Wien and Volksoper Wien; exhibitions include IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Benaki Museum (Athens), and Hayward Gallery (London). During his work at Ballett Frankfurt, Kliën also acted as artistic consultant to William Forsythe. He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and, as a committed teacher, has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and non-academic institutions. He has been co-founder and Artistic Director of the London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994—2000) and Artistic Director/CEO of the visionary Daghdha Dance Company (2003—2011). From 2012-2017 he worked as an independent artist in Greece. In 2017 he was appointed Professor at Duke University and is now living in North Carlolina with his family, where he leads the Laboratory for Social Choreography at the Kenan Institute of Ethics.