Biography

Robert Bingham, MFA, PhD, RSME/T is a dance artist, scholar and teacher based in Philadelphia, where he was a Presidential Fellow while earning a doctorate in dance at Temple University.  He holds a B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Wesleyan University, an M.F.A. in dance from SUNY Brockport, and is a Fulbright Award recipient (Berlin, summer 2013).  From 2005 – 2012 he was a Visiting Artist in Dance at Alfred University.

Prior to graduate studies, Robert performed with several New York-based companies and artists including De Facto Dance, DD Dorvillier, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Jennifer Monson. His own work was included in showcases at various venues, including P.S.122 and The Painted Bride in Philadelphia. More recently, he has collaborated with Lani Fand Weissbach, Laurel Jay Carpenter and D. Chase Angier, with whom he performed throughout the east coast and in Mexico as Angier/Bingham Dance. Robert's solo performance work has been presented in theaters, galleries and public spaces throughout the U.S. and in Canada.  

Robert has had extensive training in somatic modalities, including certification to teach yoga (Integral Yoga Institute, 1996), and graduation from East-West Somatics Institute (2003). He has studied with butoh artist Diego Piñon in both the U.S. and in Mexico. His articles on dance and somatics appear in Moving Consciously, Dance and the Quality of Life, Oxford Handbook of Improvisation, and elsewhere, and he has presented papers at arts conferences in the US, UK, Mexico and Germany. Robert's dissertation, entitled "Improvising Meaning in the Age of Humans," seeks to uncover ecological meanings in dance by framing dance studies in the context of global environmental crisis.