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Moving Target Portland w/ Laura Nicoll

  • Mechanic's Hall 519 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101 United States (map)

Learn and play with material that Laura is using in a new piece called Private Dancer. Private Dancer is a kind of solo that Laura made in a partially finished house in Tilson, NY in January 2018 and then shared at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME in July 2018. The movement pattern can be hard to do exactly the same way as someone else does it and that is OK. Laura will ask you to problem solve and make the solo your own while working on your awareness of what you are actually seeing, hearing, and feeling as you do so. Stillness, breath, gaze, and questions of how to be alone together might come up. We'll do a very brief warm up. Please wear what supports modest full-range of motion for your body’s movements.

At 2:30pm we will perform and document what we've created. All are welcome to come in to watch and/or respond via photo, video, drawing, writing, or other mediums.

Laura K. Nicoll is originally from Mt. Desert Island, Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After training with American Ballet Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nicoll joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s corps de ballet where she was also a union representative. With PBT, she performed in a diverse repertoire that included works by George Balanchine, Matjash Mrozewski, Dwight Rhoden, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp. She has an ongoing, decade-long collaboration with new media artist/director Reid Farrington which includes roles as a performer in The Passion Project (2009-2012, 2019) and A Christmas Carol (2011-2012), and as choreographer for Tyson vs. Ali (2014) and CasablancaBox (2017) and BrandoCapote (2019). She has also created several site-specific dance performances between 2015-2018 in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Nicoll performed in a Brooklyn home and The Kraine Theater in the East Village, NYC.

Since May 2017, Laura has been developing solo material in outdoor and indoor spaces, work-shopping it at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, where she was an artist in residence in 2018. She recently participated in Portland Dance Month 2018 with PROMENADE, a 2 hour journey between the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal and Creative Portland.

She co-founded KREILKAMP NICOLL, a performance art company with her brother Rufus Morgan Kreilkamp Nicoll, as a platform to make and share performance, art, and services of all kinds. They are currently working on an evening length work featuring performers, labor and art movement practices, music, text, materials that were familiar to them growing up on an island on the coast of Maine.

In addition to choreographing and performing, Laura has experience in strategic planning, branding, and communications for non-profit arts organizations, individual artists, and projects across all disciplines.

PROMENADE as part of Portland Dance Month 2018. Photo by Arthur Fink.

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