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.
"It's about letting the structure of the dance do much of the talking," Nichole Canuso writes of her new choreographic direction. "But it's also about talking: about breaking my silence as a person and a performer." Nichole Canuso Dance Company's productions include exploratory, often participatory work, such as Wandering Alice (2008), during which the cast led audiences on a performance-centered tour of the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House. Canuso's new solo work Midway Avenue was built on research initiated with her 2011 Center funded project Directing My Dancers/Directing Myself with UK-based choreographer Wendy Houstoun and was conducted in Philadelphia and London. As part of this final rehearsal process, Canuso returned to London, where she will continued her work with movement specialist Rahel VonMoos and choreographer/composer Matteo Fargion. The final production premiered in May 2014 as part of FringeArts' inaugural season of year-round programming.