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 (NCDC) is a small organization that has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment. The company is now building an internal fundraising structure that is responsive to its artistic programming, and which can grow or contract as the scope of its projects changes with each year. This grant resulted in a fundraising plan for general operation costs, to be used during research and development phases, as well as a project-specific funding plan for years during which NCDC undertakes large-scale dance projects. NCDC worked with a consultant to identify a new database system that can be used for future fundraising campaigns as well as to foster relationships with NCDC audiences. Overall, this structure has provided NCDC with a stable administrative core that can adapt to mirror the company's varying production needs. It has also freed up the company's time and resources to devote to the continued development and execution of its creative work. [fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.[/fn]