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Dr Michael Kliën

Choreographer, Curator, Artist


Trinity Laban provided me with the necessary framework to immerse myself in dance, absorb a multitude of theories, develop my ways of seeing, cultivate the origins of my practice and rebel against the established ways of knowing.

Dr Michael Kliën
Dr Michael Klien


Dr Michael Kliën graduated in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Since graduating, he has become an acclaimed choreographer, curator and artist whose work has been situated around the world. Considered as one of Europe’s most notable thinkers in the field of dance today, he has been commissioned by leading institutions such as Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, New Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Hayward Gallery. As Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003-2011, Ireland), he developed a distinct movement aesthetic as well as influential concepts of politically engaged choreography, performance and dance. He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and, as a committed teacher, has been lecturing about his findings at leading academic and non-academic institutions. In 2016, he accepted an Associate Professorship at Duke University.