Nicole Colbert Dance/Theatre is committed to providing a platform for multicultural and inter-generational performers to explore the intersectionality of dance and theatre.
Nicole Colbert is a director/choreographer, performer, writer and educator. She was born and raised in NYC, and grew up in Westbeth, an historic artist housing building in the West Village. She has been a spectator of performance since childhood and carries this lens of performance history into her own inquiries as an artist. At the heart of every work is a consideration of the individual in relationship to the world at large and the vulnerability, absurdity, and beauty that these experiences provoke.
Each work integrates story telling combined with a physical vocabulary that draws on a fusion of contemporary and classical dance forms, the complexity and freedom of improvisation, and elements of theatre including LeCoq and Stanislavski principles.
Nicole has shown her work in New York, New Orleans, London, Denmark and Russia. In NYC, she has presented in venues such as Context Theater, Dixon Place, Green Space, HERE, Hunter College, Mark Morris, Movement Research, The Tank, Triskelion Arts, and the 92nd St Y, and in festivals such as The International Dance Festival on the Volga (Yaroslavl, Russia), Jazz Dance Conference (New Orleans, LA), The Newburgh Illuminated Festival (Newburgh, NY), and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (New Orleans, LA). She has presented evening length and split bill programs at Krudttønden Theater (Copenhagen, DK), The CAC-Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), The New Orleans Jazz Museum (New Orleans, LA), BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Brooklyn, NY), Green Space (LIC, NY), and Dixon Place (NYC, NY). She has appeared in repertory and original work by Shapiro & Smith, Kay Nikishiwa (K2Dance), Ballet Mink, Judy Moss, and Noémie Lafrance, and worked as a choreographer with theatre companies such as The Medicine Show and Sponsored by Nobody.
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING AND publications:
Nicole is an Adjunct Lecturer in English at CUNY. She has taught as a guest artist and conducted workshops in dance and dance/theatre at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), UW-Madison (Madison, WI), Royal Ballet Chance to Dance Program (London, UK), Pineapple Dance Studio (London, UK) and Hunter College (NYC, NY). Publications include: The Village Voice, New York Spirit Magazine, and theatre criticism for Helen Mills’ theatre review website: www.offoffonline.com.
WHAT IS DANCE/THEATRE?
Roland Langer (1984) describes dance/theatre as a “performance form that combines dance, speaking, singing and chanting, conventional theater and the use of props, set, and costumes in one amalgam. It is performed by trained dancers. Usually there is no narrative plot; instead, specific situations, fears, and human conflicts are presented.”