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MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in Dance Performance and Choreography, Mills College, 2008

BA in Dance, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2006

Study abroad - Pondicherry University, Tamil Nadu, India, Fall 2005

Two years towards a BFA in Dance Pedagogy, University of Hartford, CT, 2001-2003



Atelier Real (Lisbon, PT), ongoing studio residency, July 2017-June 2019

Atalaia Artes Performativas (Aljustrel, PT) June 2017

LakeStudios DanceTech AIR, sponsored by TroikaTronix (Berlin, DE) July 2016

Cultivamos Cultura (São Luis, PT) May 2016 & May 2017

ÇATI Dans (Istanbul, TR) April 2016

Atelier Concorde (Lisbon, PT) January 2016

Devir Capa - Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve (Faro, PT) September 2015

Clara Andermatt Studio Residency (Lisbon, PT) Winter 2014-2015

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Oakland, USA) Spring 2014

The Foundry (Berkeley, USA) Summer 2013

The Milkbar (Oakland, USA) April 2012

The Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley, USA) Spring 2010


Grants & Recognition

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, International Touring Grant, 2019

GDA Foundation, International Touring Grant, 2016 

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Creation Support Grant, 2016

European Cultural Foundation, STEP Beyond Travel Grant, 2016

Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) Nomination for Individual Performance, 2015

Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant, 2011 & 2014

Graduate Dance Alumnae Scholarship, Mills College, 2006-2008

American Dance Festival Cooperative Scholarship, 2004

American Dance Festival Young Artists Tuition Award, 2004


Original Selected Works

2018 Bound                                Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco, California. Armazém 22, Vila Nova de Gaia, PT, Curtas de Dança - in scope of

                                                Festival DDD (Dias de Dança). Biblioteca de Marvila, Lisbon. Cultivamos Cultura, São Luis, Montras Festival. Rua das Gaivotas 6,

                                                Encontro Bianual de Artes Performativas - (Re)union 2018.

2017 Ode                                    Cutting Ball Theater, SF, USA, Variety Pack - Director's Series. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Oakland, USA.

2016 Phi  (with StratoFyzika)               UferStudios, Berlin, DE. Atalaia Artes Performativas, Cine-Oriental, Aljustrel, PT. B-Seite Festival, Mannheim, DE.

2016 Holding it together              Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, PT. Festival Cidade PreOcupada, Montemor-o-Novo, PT. Mills College, Oakland, California.

2015 Undercurrents                      Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon.

2014 In her tower                        Joe Goode Annex, SF. Excerpt: Kunst-Stoff Arts, SF.

2014 Restless Myth                      Joe Goode Annex, SF. Excerpts: LEVYStudio, SF. CHOREOFUND, Berkeley. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Oakland. 

2013 Habitat                               The Foundry, Berkeley.

2013 Product                               1 Grove/SafeHouse for the Arts, SF. Galeria da India, Transcisciplinary Performance Arts Festival, Lisbon. Mills College Dance Alumni                                                               Concert, Oakland. The Garage Artspace, SF. The Milkbar, Oakland. Joe Goode Annex, SF.

2012 ARTI ULATE                          NOHspace, Sound is the Movement Series, SF. Shotwell Studios, SF. Excerpts: The Garage Artspace,

                                                Dance/USA Opening Night Celebration, SF. LEVYStudio, SF. Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley.

2010 11:56 PM                              ODC Theater, Pilot Program #57, SF.

2010 Idoru                                  Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley.

2008 architext                            Televised on KQED Spark! SF Arts Alive.


Suki Tawdry 2009-2010               (an interdisciplinary performance collective co-founded by Kaufman)

Icons of Attention                       Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF.

Bloody Paper Dolls                      Climate Theater, POW! POW! Action Art Festival, SF.

15 Minutes                                 deYoung Museum, SF (as part of the Andy Warhol Live exhibit).


Dance Film

2013 Forge                                 Created, shot, and edited by Kaufman.

                                                Official Selection, San Francisco Tiny Dance Film Festival 2013. The Roxie Theater, SF. Temescal Arts Center, GROUND Series,                                                                           Oakland. KILL ALL Festivals, University of Portland (OR), White Box Theater. The Milkbar, Oakland. Joe Goode Annex, SF.

2013 Atavistic Matter                   Collaboration with Berlin-based performance collective Stratofyzika. Screenings: Boddinale Film Festival, Berlin, DE.

                                                Rose Transformation Salon, Berlin. KINO Moviemento, shortCUTS, Berlin. Shooting Wall Film Festival at PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, USA.

2011 Innovative California             Screening of contemporary dance films, co-curated by Kaufman and Charlotte Shoemaker. 

      Dance Films                          Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley.

2010 RE:IDoru                             Collaboration with Gautam Agarwal, PhD in Neuroscience. Screenings: Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Intersection for the Arts,                                                                   Regeneration: Intersection Intern Artwalk, SF.

2009 Pop                                   Film by Heather Wodrich, in collaboration with Suki Tawdry, Sadie Lune, & Twincest. Screened at Mix NYC's Experimental

                                                Queer Film Festival, New York, NY.


Teaching & Lectures

April 2019 University of California at Berkeley                  Guest lecture and masterclass, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 

February 2017 Mills College, Oakland, California                "Interdisciplinary Collaborations" masterclass based on creative methods for Holding it together

April 2016 Çati Dans, Istanbul                                         Workshop based on creative methods for Holding it together

February 2016 Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa           Lecture on process of creation for Holding it together

Spring 2015 Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon                   Choreography and Interpretation instructor

2013-2014 University of California at Berkeley                  Assistant to lecturer Jenefer Johnson in three dance theory courses

2012-2014 Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley                     Improvisation and Contemporary Technique teacher

Winter 2013 ODC School, San Francisco                            Assistant children's ballet teacher

April 2012 Danceworx Mumbai, India                                Masterclass in improvisation techniques

Spring 2005 University of California at Santa Barbara        Assistant teacher for Beginning Modern Dance Technique

Daria has also been a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor since 2008. She has taught throughout the SF Bay Area and Lisbon.


Dance Writings

2016         Crushed Parameters: Reflections on minimalist, conceptual contemporary performance

2013              Pearl 

2010-2011               Contemporary Dance Examiner





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