I travelled to New York City to begin a creative relationship with master choreographer, Doug Varone. His DEVICES program was created as a platform to offer mentorship support for professional choreographers as they continue to develop and hone their craft. A week-long intensive at the end of May left me fried in the best of ways. I was challenged to generate material faster than I ever have before, and I left understanding my approach to making in a deeper way, allowing me more freedom in my process. I can embrace my methods; I can break away from them.
I am creating a duet on two incredible dancers, Brian Gerke and Breeanne Saxton, who will join me in New York City to premiere the work at the culminating festival for the DEVICES program this August. Before we go, the piece will show at a fundraiser in Salt Lake City, titled VAULT!, on August 5th. Although this fundraiser will greatly help to alleviate the cost of the travel expenses to NYC, (and a travel grant through the U has helped, as well!), the contribution from individuals through tax-deductible donations will be vital to making this presentation of my work in New York financially possible. I am thrilled to be presenting my work in New York for the first time.
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a dance-artist currently living in Salt Lake City. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nichele worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in SF, Oakland, and the North Bay before relocating in 2016 to SLC for the University of Utah’s graduate program in Modern Dance. While in the Bay she had the honor of working with choreographers Christine Cali, Kristen Daley, Joe Goode, Nancy Lyons, Virginia Matthews & Mo Miner, among others.
Nichele has been focused on her choreographic practice since 2012. After a break from her undergraduate studies (which began at UC Irvine in 2003), she received her B.A. in Theater Arts & Dance from Sonoma State University in 2013. That year, her first full dance work, Parched (2012), traveled to Arizona for the ACDA Western Region conference, receiving the honor of Gala selection. Upon graduating she returned to SSU as a guest choreographer and Adjunct Professor of Dance. Nichele was a founding member of Hatch Performance Collective (2014-2016), and joined SoCo Dance Theater as a choreographer for the 2015-2016 season. In 2015 she won first place at Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund 5 in Berkeley, CA, and before taking off for Utah last year, her work was presented by WAH! fest (Dance Mission Theater, SF), Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond), and by SAFEhouse for the Arts (SF) as part of Resident Artist Workshop.
Since her arrival to Salt Lake City, Nichele has been actively engaged in the community alongside her work at the U. The winner of Repertory Dance Theatre's Regalia contest (February 2017), Nichele is honored to have received the opportunity to create a new work for the company's upcoming season. Along with her work with RDT this July, she is thrilled to spend the summer studying with Doug Varone through his DEVICES mentorship program in New York City.
in some form or another, all of my life. When I took a break for a few years in my 20s I discovered that dancing, and creating dances, is a central vehicle for my ability to experience and understand life. I need to be invested in a full-bodied, creative expressivity to feel that I am reaching my fullest state of aliveness. It is through dance that I feel most connected to my community and to the world around me.
In my creative process I am interested in beginning with a conceptual impetus, a question, a point of friction. I use dance to explore this impetus physically, and it is often through this process that I discover answers, or at least come to understand why I was concerned with the question in the first place. Usually I am left with more questions.
A central tenet to my personal manifesto is that everything in my dances should be connected. There may not be a narrative, but I am interested in the unfolding of a work so that structurally I am curating the audience’s experience. In this way the work is a gestalt, a holistic thing in which all parts are a support of the greater whole. I love to create a world on stage that the audience can get lost in, and I am interested in creating shifting visual landscapes to support the element of surprise. This may be done through the use of theatrical elements such as costuming, lighting, set-design, video. It may also be done physically by manipulating the audience’s understanding of what they are seeing, or by breaking an image that has been created in an unexpected way.
Perhaps most importantly, I am interested in opening the creative space and process to collaborators whose voices will enrich the work, helping to create artworks that are more complex than what I could have envisaged alone. I believe in celebrating and using our differences to strengthen that which we create together. Why would I tackle the greatest mysteries in life alone? With the support of the right collaborators, we can all go further, beyond where we could have ever imagined going. This dive into the unknown can be uncomfortable, but it is in this discomfort where I believe the most profound and exciting discoveries are found.
Top Image by James Wirth Photography; Middle Image by Motion Vivid; Above image by Ching-I Chang Bigelow; Tiny Ballerina Image by Mom