Diane Coburn Bruning

Choreographer, Ramblin' Suite
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Diane Coburn Bruning has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and fellowships and support from Sundance Film Institute, Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Heathcote Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation among others. Dance Magazine named her as one of “25 to Watch in 2003.” She has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Daghdha Dance, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Pittsburgh and Glimmerglass Operas among many others. Her work recently appeared in the International Ballet Festival in Colombia, South America. She founded Chamber Dance Project in New York in 2000. This contemporary repertoire company of dancers and musicians has performed Bruning's work and others in regular New York seasons and on tour. Bruning serves on grants panels, leads choreographic workshops, and has served as a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center Institute and New York City Ballet. She is a graduate of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts, receiving their 2003 Alumni Achievement Award, and New York University’s Gallatin Division. She did post-graduate work at Yale University as a special fellow studying with renowned designers Jennifer Tipton in lighting and Ming Cho Lee in scenery and now does lighting design for some of her own ballets. In addition to her work with professional companies, Bruning has been a guest artist and teacher with over twenty dance departments throughout the country. She was Director of The Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle in June 2008 mentoring 15 choreographers. In the 2010 season Bruning created a major new work, Boots, for Ballett Magdeburg (Germany) to audience and critical acclaim; she also created a new work for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a commissioned score by Andy Tierstein. She recently worked with director Matt Tourney on a musical, Improbable Frequencies, which had a month-long run in Washington D.C.