Led by artistic director, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Nichole Canuso, Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) presents movement-based, often-participatory works that sit at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater. The company has toured to such venues as New York's Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, San Francisco's ODC, and Washington, DC's Dance Place. NCDC has received Center support for several projects, including Midway Avenue (2013), a movement research collaboration with UK choreographer Wendy Houstoun; TAKES (2010), a multimedia performance installation exploring dance and cinema; and Wandering Alice (2008), a site-specific performance inspired by Lewis Carroll and Haruki Murakami. A 2016 Discovery grant supported the development of new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history. In 2019, the company received a Project grant to create Being/With, a participatory movement and storytelling experience connecting geographically separated strangers through live performance and virtual technology.
Nichole Canuso Dance Company will engage with oral historian Suzanne Snider, writer Karinne Keithley Syers, and vocal teacher Jean-René Toussaint in a discovery process to develop new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history. With an interest in "the intersection and overlap of verbal and physical meaning," says Canuso, the ensemble will explore methods of collecting spoken stories that arise from embodied experiences; develop approaches to organizing and writing text material for performance; and work to improve and expand the quality of their vocal presence. The discovery process will be documented on a dedicated website, featuring photos, videos, and reflective writings, and the project will culminate in a public showing of the new performance practice.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*