Biography

Photo by Maelle Lemaitre
Photo by Maelle Lemaitre

Emmanuèle Phuon

is French-Cambodian and lives between Brussels, Belgium, and New York. Phuon started dancing at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and is a graduate of Conservatoire National de Danse in Avignon (France). She has performed internationally with the Elisa Monte Dance Company (1989 -1994), Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1995-2002), Martha Clarke (1997-1999), Joachim Schloemer (2002-2003), Yvonne Rainer (2010-2019) and has worked with an array of choreographers including Jacklyn Buglisi, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Deborah Hay, Mark Morris, John Jasperse, Tere O’Connor, Neil Greenberg and Meg Stuart among others.

Ms Phuon’s choreographic work has been commissioned and presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas, Spoleto Dance Festival in Charleston, Guggenheim Works and Process, Singapore Da:ns festival, and Danspace in New York. She is the recipient of grants from the Asian Cultural Council, Fondation de France, Un Monde par Tous, the Richard Porter Leach fellowship, the Martha Duffy Memorial Fellowship at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and a Jerome Robbins Research Fellowship in celebration of the New York Public Library 75th Anniversary.

One of seven authorized transmitters of Yvonne Rainer’s work, she has taught workshops and set Rainer’s work in major exhibitions in France, Japan, China, and Sweden—most notably Yvonne Rainer’s Performative Exhibition at Shunju-za Theater (Kyoto) and Yvonne Rainer and Wen Hui: Dance Only Exists When It Is Performed at the Inside-Out Art museum (Beijing). She is currently on faculty at Montclair State University and at NYU Tisch Open-Arts/Collaborative Arts.

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