Seán Curran

Seán Curran began his dance training with traditional Irish step dancing as a young boy in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to make his mark on the dance world as a principal dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He received a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for his performance in Secret Pastures. A graduate and guest faculty member of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Curran was a member of the cast of the Off Broadway percussion extravaganza Stomp for four years. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as in Europe in venues such as Sweden’s Danstation Theatre and Creteil’s Exit Festival in France. In North America Mr. Curran has performed at New York’s University of Rochester, Montreal’s Tangente, Maine’s Olin Arts Center, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, South Carolina’s Columbia College, Kansas State University, Connecticut Wesleyan University and at Geneva New York’s Hobart & William Smith College. In 1998, Curran and solo artist Risa Steinberg were hosted by New York’s 171 Cedar Arts Center in the commissioning of Hegel’s Vacation, a New York State task force for Partnership in Dance Project. Curran and composer Robert Kapilow have presented their community program Everybody Dance Now! event in Kansas City, Missouri and at the Bank of Boston Celebrity Series. He has also created works for Denmark’s Upper Cut Company, Sweden’s Skanes Dance Theater, Finland’s Damaru Dance Company, Dublin’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, WI’s Wildspace, Utah’s Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater, Pittsburgh’s Dance Alloy, as well as numerous college and university dance departments including students at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He was commissioned to choreograph and perform in Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale and Henry Purcell’s Dido Aeneas (both Kingsport Symphony Orchestra) and Pulcinella (Eos Ensemble). In 1999, Curran choreographed James Joyce’s The Dead for The Playwright’s Horizens production that opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater in January, 2000. The Dead has since been presented in Los Angeles and at the Kennedy Center. Recent projects for Curran include a second new work for Trinity Irish Dance Theater and choreography for Glimmerglass Opera and City Opera coproduction of Chaubrier’s L’Etoile this past summer. He was a featured choreographer and performer on Sesame Street in January, 2000. In 2000 he was selected as a top ”100$rdquo; by Irish American Magazine. Curran has taught extensively at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, and Boston’s Conservatory of Music, and returned as a guest teacher this past summer to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Curran was awarded in 1998 a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and currently performs with his company, Sean Curran Company.