Body of Text

1/4: The Garden, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2013. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
2/4: The Garden, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2013. Photo by Matt Saunders.
3/4: TAKES, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2010. Photo by Lars Jan.
4/4: Nichole Canuso Dance Company, physical practice and choreographic investigations. Photo by Nichole Canuso

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.


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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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