DARIA FAÏN is a NY choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. Her influences include the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, the butoh-based work of Min Tanaka, and extensive studies of the reciprocal influence between architecture and human behavior.
Faïn has also given several lectures on Swiss- born modern architect/urbanist Le Corbusier. Over the years Faïn’s choreographic research has led her to work with psychotics, patients with other mental disorders, and blind-deaf individuals, leading to a complex understanding of the body as a resource of knowledge.
In New York, Faïn's work has been presented at Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, Dance New Amsterdam, the Rubin Museum, the Harlem Stage, the 92nd Street Y, and Movement Research. In 2000, Faïn founded the dance company Human Behavior Explorers, and in 2008, with Robert Kocik, she launched the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Universal Coverage Initiative, Inc.
In 1986 she received a special fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section. She has also been awarded numerous grants and commissions from the French Ministry of Culture, the Foundation Cartier (Paris), the Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris), Marseille Objectif Danse (Marseille, France), Danspace Project, the HipUp Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American Music Center, New York State Council on the Arts, the James E. Robison, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Rubin Museum. Faïn was a Movement Research AIR 2008-10. She has taught master classes and workshops at institutions across the United States, including the Trisha Brown Studio, New York University, Tulane University, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, Cooper Union, and Sarah Lawrence College.