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Michael Klien

Professor of the Practice of Dance
Dance Program
Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0685
Rubenstein Arts Center 209L, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27701


Michael Kliën is an artist and choreographer whose work has been situated worldwide. Kliën’s artistic practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, critical writing, curatorial projects, and, centrally, choreographic works equally at home in the Performing and Fine Arts. He has been commissioned by leading institutions such as Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, New Museum, PS122, Volksoper Wien, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hayward Gallery, and ZKM. As Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003—2011, Ireland), Kliën developed a distinct movement aesthetic in correspondence with influential concepts of politically engaged choreography, performance, and dance. He received a Ph.D. from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. After living and working in Greece, he was appointed Professor at Duke University in 2017, inaugural director of the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis in 2018, and director of the Laboratory for Social Choreography at the Kenan Institute of Ethics in 2020.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice of Dance · 2020 - Present Dance Program, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) · 2009 Ph.D.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (United Kingdom) · 1996 B.A.