Cyrus Khambatta was born in Syracuse, NY to parents of Persian and European decent. As an artist he seeks to reach out to and communicate with his audience through his work. He founded The Phffft! Company (now Khambatta Dance Company) while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied dance and theater.
His choreographic works have been presented in twelve US states, throughout Europe, in Russia, Latin America and Canada, commissioned by companies such as Ririe Woodbury Dance (Salt Lake City), Pisorrojo (Caracas, Venezuela), Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theatre (Seattle, WA), Evergreen City Ballet as well as Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) and others. He received California's Damen New Choreography award and was selected for the 2004 National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts Regional Dance Development Inititive as well as a 2006 Artistic Leadership program through Dance USA funded by Paul G. Allen Foundation.. His work with KDC has been supported by numerous funding and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, including the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently Artist in Residence at Seattle University and along with KDC, partners with Cornish College of the Arts to present the Seattle International Dance Festival, Beyond the Threshold, an annual festival presenting over 100 national, international and local artists each year (Seattle International Dance Festival Beyond the Threshold.)
In addition to the many national and international venues he has toured with KDC, as an independent dance artist and director, his work has been presented at The Smithsonian Institution, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Young Choreographers Festival (Caracas), The Dartington Improvisation Festival (England), The Bialystok Dance Festival (Poland), The New York Improvisation Festival and the Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation and others. He has conducted numerous residencies internationally, including sponsorship by the French and Venezuelan governments and produces the Wild Meadows summer dance program in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania.
He has lectured and taught on three continents including such institutions as the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in NY, the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Canal Danse and Contemporary Dance Theater (both in Paris), George Washington University, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, New York University, University of Washington, University of Western Washington and others. In Seattle he ha taught at Freehold Studio Theatre, Velocity Dance Center and The Moore Theatre's Dance This! program, Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts, where he also directed Swan Lake Remix, a contemporary physical theater version of Swan Lake.
He has initiated numerous community-oriented workshops addressing
the needs of the under-served population. In the Washington, D.C. area,
he has conducted workshops for the deaf at Galludet University, for inner
city youth as well as for the visually
impaired and mentally and physically challenged through Penn Visions,
a mixed-abilities dance company. In New York City, he initiated a language-through-movement
training program funded by Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Harkness
Foundation provided to elementary students in the Washington Heights
section of Manhattan. In Seattle, he initiated The Youth Dance Empowerment Project conducted in partnership with Delridge Neighborhood Development Project and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.