Fail Better

Nichole Canuso Dance Company

2006
$20,000

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Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Fail Better, 2006. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company engaged in an exploratory project with a team of Philadelphia-based theater directors, dramaturgs, and set designers to develop the new dance-theater work Fail Better. Created in collaboration with director Jennifer Childs, sound designer Rick Henderson, set designer and Matt Saunders (2014 Pew Fellow), and lighting designer Mark O'Maley, with choreography by Nichole Canuso (2017 Pew Fellow), Fail Better was inspired by Samuel Beckett's play Act Without Words I. The multidisciplinary piece, which premiered during the 2006 FringeArts Festival, investigated the flux of young motherhood with smart humor and clever staging.