Robin Prichard

Robin Prichard is active as an international performer, teacher, and choreographer at the University of Akron, where she specializes in turning classically trained students into inscrutable, unruly dancing bodies. As a dancer in New York, L.A., and Sydney, Australia, she worked with Guggenheim award winners Victoria Marks, Donna Uchizono, and David Rousseve, danced with Opera Australia, and performed works by Doug Varone, Doris Humphrey, Paul Tylor, and Mark Morris. Her choreography,“noted for its wit and vulnerability” (L.A. Weekly), investigates personal and cultural identities, often in relation to current social issues. Her dances strive to establish performer as subject, movement as inseparable from the dancer, and choreographer as a constructor of another’s truth.

Her commissions include Parramatta Riverside Theaters (Australia), State University of New York, Morehead State University, Dublin Arts Center, the intergenerational company The Dance Generators, and University of Western Sydney. She has a long-standing and continuing interest in indigenous dance and its intersection with postmodern cultures; as a Fulbright Fellow, she undertook a cross-cultural choreography project between Australian Aboriginal and contemporary dance. Her commission that she is most likely to be asked questions about over dinner was for American Idol (yes, that American Idol), where she served as the choreographer and performer via motion-capture for the interactive video game.

She has taught at Arizona State University, Australia’s National School of Dance for Aboriginals and Islanders (NAISDA), Sydney Dance Company, and Smith College. She received a Fulbright Fellowship in Choreography, an Australian Federation of University Women Fellowship, an Artsbridge Scholar Award, a Kahn Fellowship, the Harkness Award, the Glorya Kaufmann Award for Artistic Excellence, and a Puffin Individual Artist Grant. She has published articles on Native American dance, increasing diversity in dance curriculum, and other topics in the Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice. Her choreographic/research interests include cross-cultural choreography between indigenous and concert dance, and the intersections of race and gender in dance choreography, and dance education.