Mary Cochran, professor of professional practice in dance, and chair and artistic director of the department of dance, joined the Barnard faculty in 2003. Professor Cochran has also taught at Mills College, the Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Professor Cochran has performed and taught on every continent except Antarctica. A soloist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1984-96, she has been critically praised as "an interpreter of Paul Taylor's work who absorbs technique into her bones," a "blithe spirit, weaver of magic, quintessential muse," and "a star, indeed." She continues her association with Paul Taylor to this day, having completed 20 restagings of his masterworks.
Her own dance/monologue Pitiful Vignette received its New York premiere on the LIT series in SoHo in 2003. In July 2004 her work Concrete Jungle's Hawaiian Shirt premiered in Texas. Critic Wayne Lee Gay described the solo as "a constant juxtaposition of anguish and grace." Professor Cochran regularly appears as a special guest artist with Sara Hook Dances in New York City venues such as Dance Theater Workshop and Joe's Pub. Her collaborations with Hook have received critical praise most recently Beau Geste (2008) and The Valeska Trilogy (2008.) Critic Marcia B. Siegel selected the full evening Salad Days as one of the best dance events of the 2008 Boston season praising Cochran as “gifted.”
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Dance Prof. Uttara Coorlawala has won The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar Award from India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.