Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Ellen Cornfield

BAC Space Resident Artist

Choreographer Ellen Cornfield (NYC) will develop Portal, a work reveling in space, time, and geometric relationships while discovering and juxtaposing emotional doorways and openings. The project is organized through movement material that wends its way through human character into abstraction, from the quotidian to the sacred, through struggles and blessings.


Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/ NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Ford Foundation provides leadership support for international residencies.

Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

With support from The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Harkness Dance Festival Performance Fee, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, and Private Donors to Cornfield Dance.

Ellen Cornfield
Artist Bio

Ellen Cornfield

Ellen Cornfield began working as a choreographer in NYC in the 1980’s and established her company Cornfield Dance in 1989. She has brought her elegant, robust, and at times quirky choreography to new audiences worldwide through performances in theaters, universities, and public spaces.

As Artistic Director of Cornfield Dance, she has taught and performed with her company throughout the U.S., and in Japan, England, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, and Russia. In NYC she has been presented by Danspace Project, The Harkness Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, among others. Cornfield’s works have also been performed in many non-traditional and outdoor venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, and in NYC at Elizabeth Street Garden, Battery Park, and Bryant Park. Cornfield has received numerous commissions and funding for her work from both private and government sources, and has set works on professional and university companies alike, including two pieces created on the Jose Limón Dance Company during a two-week MANCC residency in 2008. Cornfield performed with the Merce Cunningham Company 1974-1982, earning a reputation as one of the foremost Cunningham dancers of her generation. She was in the original casts of his works during that time, in all of his early video works, and was a teacher at his studio from 1972-2003. Cornfield additionally has taught at many of the world’s major dance institutions, including North Carolina School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, and in Europe at The Laban Centre and The Place in London, the Rotterdam Dansacademie in Holland, and for various European dance companies.

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