Barbie Diewald is a New York based dance artist born and raised in Chicago. She began dancing at the School of the Chicago Festival Ballet, and continued her training with Midwest Ballet Theatre and Lou Conte Dance Center (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). She holds a BFA in Theatre and Minor in Dance from Millikin University. Additionally, she has studied Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method extensively on scholarship with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Her first foray into making dances in New York led to a site-specific project in an empty fountain basin, and introduced her to many artists who remain central to her work. She develops her projects within the Framework of TrioDance Collective, which she co-founded with Emily Jeffries in 2010. Her choreography has been presented at The Kitchen, The Merce Cunningham Studio, Mark Morris Dance Group, The 92nd Street Y, Dance Theater Workshop Studios, BAX Upstart Festival, Chen Dance Center's Newsteps Series, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Conversations at the Flea, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance Center, Green Space Blooms Festival, Take Root at Green Space, Triskelion Arts, and WAXworks. Barbie has also developed new work through two Dance NOW[NYC] SILO Residencies, The Field’s Fieldwork Intensive, and The Field'sEmerging Artist Residency. She was a selected choreographer for Dance Theater Workshop's 2011 Bessie Schonberg Lab in Composition with Gwen Welliver, as well as SUMAC headed by Susan Marshall in 2012.
In addition to her choreographic work, Ms. Diewald works administratively as an Operations Assistant at New York Live Arts. She is also a 2012-2013 Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow.
Emily Jeffries co-founded TrioDance Collective in 2010, a modern dance company based in New York City, and as co-artisitc director continues to curate performances and run open discussions, artist development, and company programing. A recent move to London to pursue her MA under the direction of London Contemporary Dance School has facilitated a continuation of both her performance and choreographic practices. As a choreographer she maintains a close relationship to process-oriented work and detailed practise-based research. Measured Space, her most recent work, premiered at The Place and will be performed again in Wales. She has produced six seasons of evening-length work in New York City alongside Barbie Diewald, presenting work at The Cunningham Studio, Gibney Dance Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center's Buttenwieser Hall, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, CPR-Center for Performance Research, and Triskelion Arts.
Alongside her choreographic work she has had the pleasure of performing with Anabella Lenzu, Oren Barnoy, Korhan Basaran, Judith Jacobs, Karesia Batan, and as a soloist with BalaSole Dance Company. Whilst in London she has worked with James MacGillivray in his re-staging of an original work by Kate Weare, participated in a research and development process led by Maresa von Stockert, as well as, being the sole performer in Tuan Ly's dance movement installation, In March.
Additional performance credits include: Cirque Du Soleil, Danzare Dance, Off-Broadway in the play "Neither Heaven Nor Earth" directed by John Hansen-Brevetti and Gabriella Pinto.