Barbara Dickinson

Professor of the Practice of Dance

External address: 
205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686
Phone: 
(919) 660-3352

Overview

Barbara Dickinson is Professor of the Practice of Dance for the Duke University Dance Program where she teaches Modern Technique, Repertory, Performance, Choreography, and Dance History. She served as Dance Program Director for eighteen years, overseeing faculty growth, guiding the focus of a greatly expanded curriculum and establishing a major in dance. Barbara has created many large scale, full evening collaborative choreographic works including Walking Miracles, an original dance/theater production based on the stories of six survivors of child sexual abuse, and Contents Under Pressure, an exploration of the many faces of bias in society co-choreographed with Ava LaVonne Vinesett. She was the Artistic Director of her own company, the Ways and Means Dance Company from 1986-2002, and of Three For All, a company of dancer, poet, and pianist from 1981-87. She has been a member of Manbites Dog Theater, a professional experimental theater company based in Durham, NC, since its founding in 1987, serving as actress, choreographer, and movement consultant. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham Arts Council, and professional development grants from Wells College and Duke University. She has performed, taught and presented her choreography in numerous concerts, master classes and workshops in schools, colleges, private studios and dance festivals throughout the United States. Her current research interest is age and the dance artist.

Education & Training

  • M.A., American University 1978

Dickinson, B. "Age and the Dance Artist." Staging Age: The Performance of Age in Theatre, Dance, and Film. Ed. L Marshall and VB Lipscomb. Palgrave Macmillan, August 3, 2010.

This Window Makes Me Feel. Choreographer. (2017)

Abstract

Choreographed work for Duke student dancers, using original music by John Supko, for the Duke Dance Program spring dance concert ChoreoLab 2017.

Liquid Prisoner/Remembrance. Choreographer. (2014)

Abstract

Choreographed work for Duke student dancers, using music composed by Duke PhD Jennifer Fitzgerald, 1975-2007.

Canyon Sunrise. Choreographer. (2012)

Abstract

A 10 minute work for five dancers to music of the same name by Paul Winter. Presented as part of the William H. Chafe: Unfinished Journey celebration

RAGTIME. Choreographer. (2012)

Abstract

The Duke University Departments of Theater, Music and Dance in collaboration with Hoof 'n' Horn and the Duke Chamber Players, presented the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow. Nine performances presented in April of 2012. Jeff Storer (Director), Anthony Kelley (Music Director), Barbara Dickinson (Choreographer), Jules Odendahl-James (Dramaturg), Torry Bend (Scenic Design)

Four. Choreographer. (2011)

Abstract

A four-minute work for four dancers to music by Vivaldi. Performed on ChoreoLab 2011, April 22,23 in Reynolds Theater, Duke University.

Echoes of Fire and Transformation. Choreographer. (2010)

Abstract

Collaboration with SO PERCUSSION and Duke graduate composer Tim Hambourger that resulted in the new work, "Echoes of Fire and Transformation." An eleven Minute work for five dancers performed in April on ChoreoLab 2010, Reynolds Theater, Duke University. SO PERCUSSION has been called an “experimental powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by the New York Times. The Brooklyn based percussion quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career. So Percussion has performed this unusual and exciting music all over the United States, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many others. In addition, recent tours to Russia, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Ukraine have brought them international acclaim.

In the Studio. Choreographer. (2009)

Abstract

In the Studio was choreographed to two piano preludes by Alexander Scriabin. Seven Minute solo for dance major Caroline Griswold performed on November Dances 2009, Reynolds Theater, Duke University.

Twyla Tharp’s “Torelli”. Choreographer, Restager. (2008)

Abstract

Restaged, with Tyler Walters, Twyla Tharp’s “Torelli” which was performed on the Dance Program's November Dances, 2008, November 22 and 23. Excerpts were also performed on the November Dances School Show on 11/21 (students from public and charter schools bussed in).

By the Grace of Others. Choreographer. (2007)

Abstract

A duet inspired by and choreographed to "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra," 2nd Movement, by Duke faculty composer Stephen Jaffe. Performed with the first movement of the same work, choreographed in 2003.

Choreography, Kinetics Dance Theater. Choreographer. (2001)

Abstract

Kinetics Dance Theater, Baltimore, MD

Pages

Canyon Sunrise. Choreographer. (2012)

Abstract

A 10 minute work for five dancers to music of the same name by Paul Winter. Presented as part of the William H. Chafe: Unfinished Journey celebration

RAGTIME. Choreographer. (2012)

Abstract

The Duke University Departments of Theater, Music and Dance in collaboration with Hoof 'n' Horn and the Duke Chamber Players, presented the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow. Nine performances presented in April of 2012. Jeff Storer (Director), Anthony Kelley (Music Director), Barbara Dickinson (Choreographer), Jules Odendahl-James (Dramaturg), Torry Bend (Scenic Design)

Four. Choreographer. (2011)

Abstract

A four-minute work for four dancers to music by Vivaldi. Performed on ChoreoLab 2011, April 22,23 in Reynolds Theater, Duke University.

Actor in Middletown. Performing artist. (2011)

Abstract

A play by Will Eno. Directed by Jeff Storer, Manbites Dog Theater. October 28-30; November 1, 6-9, 12-15, 2011.

United Church of Christ performances, 2010. Performing artist. (2010)

Echoes of Fire and Transformation. Choreographer. (2010)

Abstract

Collaboration with SO PERCUSSION and Duke graduate composer Tim Hambourger that resulted in the new work, "Echoes of Fire and Transformation." An eleven Minute work for five dancers performed in April on ChoreoLab 2010, Reynolds Theater, Duke University. SO PERCUSSION has been called an “experimental powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by the New York Times. The Brooklyn based percussion quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career. So Percussion has performed this unusual and exciting music all over the United States, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many others. In addition, recent tours to Russia, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Ukraine have brought them international acclaim.

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 2009 - 2010. Performing artist. (2010)

Abstract

Participant in the All Abilities Institute offered by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Baltimore, MD, July 5-17. Culminated in two performances with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange at the Adams Morgan Colonial Parking Garage as part of the Capital Fringe Festival and in cooperation with the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. Participant in two dance Institutes offered by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Baltimore, MD - The All Abilities Institute, June 29 - July 4; and the Generating and Crafting Dances Institute, July 6 – 19. The latter culminated in three performances with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

In the Studio. Choreographer. (2009)

Abstract

In the Studio was choreographed to two piano preludes by Alexander Scriabin. Seven Minute solo for dance major Caroline Griswold performed on November Dances 2009, Reynolds Theater, Duke University.

Twyla Tharp’s “Torelli”. Choreographer, Restager. (2008)

Abstract

Restaged, with Tyler Walters, Twyla Tharp’s “Torelli” which was performed on the Dance Program's November Dances, 2008, November 22 and 23. Excerpts were also performed on the November Dances School Show on 11/21 (students from public and charter schools bussed in).

By the Grace of Others. Choreographer. (2007)

Abstract

A duet inspired by and choreographed to "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra," 2nd Movement, by Duke faculty composer Stephen Jaffe. Performed with the first movement of the same work, choreographed in 2003.

Pages

Walking Miracles Video Project. Choreographer. (2000)