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Emily Coates

Lecturer, Theater Studies
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Emily Coates is a dance artist and writer. She has directed the dance studies curriculum at Yale since its inception in 2006. Her current work focuses on intercultural collaboration and interdisciplinary art and science research. Drawing on both artistic and academic research modes, her creative work assumes a variety of forms in response to the particularities of the dialogue.

Most recently, she created a science-art video in collaboration with particle physicist Sarah Demers titled "Three Views of the Higgs and Dance," funded by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Also with Demers, she co-teaches the course PHYS 115-THST 115 The Physics of Dance at Yale and is co-writing an interdisciplinary course book on physics and dance, forthcoming from Yale University Press. Other projects include co-creating dances with Lacina Coulibaly for Cornell, Harvard, Movement Research Fall Festival, and Ballet Memphis; and a Performa 09 commission with Tamar Ettun. She has been artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where she was a Martha Duffy Memorial Fellow, and Jacob's Pillow. Her essays have appeared in Theater, PAJ, Theater Topics, and the Huffington Post.

Her twenty-plus year performing career spans neoclassical ballet to postmodern dance. In 1992, she was awarded the School of American Ballet's Wein Award for Outstanding Promise and joined New York City Ballet. She has performed internationally with NYCB (1992 - 1998), Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (1998 - 2002), Twyla Tharp Dance (2001 - 2003), and Yvonne Rainer (2006 - present). Career highlights include three duets with Mikhail Baryshnikov, in Mark Morris’ The Argument, Karole Armitage’s The Last Lap, and Erick Hawkins’ Early Floating; principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Angelin Preljocaj, and Twyla Tharp; Lucinda Childs’ canonical solo Carnation; and Christopher Janney's Heartbeat. She was among the last generation of dancers to work with Robbins, on West Side Story Suite, Les Noces, 2 & 3 Part Inventions, and Brandenburg.

In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Yale. She also holds an M.A. in American Studies from Yale ’11.