Young Karen

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Classical Ballet / Designer / Collaborator

Karen Young

Karen Young has designed costumes for numerous dance and video art projects, which have been seen in theaters and museums all over the world. She has collaborated as a costume designer with many internationally renowned video artists, with recent projects including David Michalek’s “Slow Dancing” (Lincoln Center Festival, Venice Biennale), Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster 5″, and Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation’s “89 Seconds at Alcazar” (Whitney Biennial, MoMA) and “The Rape of the Sabine Women”. Her design work for dance can be seen in the repertoires of American Ballet Theater, Benjamin Millepied, Pascal Rioult, Armitage Gone! Dance, Elisa Monte, Keigwin + Company, Pam Tanowitz, Noémie Lafrance, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, amongst many others. She has had a longstanding association with the Martha Graham Dance Company where she has directed the reconstruction of the original costume designs for numerous Graham works (including the highly acclaimed recent revival of “Clytemnestra”), collaborated on new works by Robert Wilson and Martha Clarke, and overseen the reproduction of costume designs for Graham’s ballets that have been performed by companies and universities in the US and abroad. Karen was recently a visiting fellow at London College of Fashion and holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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