About Nicole Colbert

“My work is a poetic reflection on the human experience.”

Photo by Per Morten Abrahamsen

Photo by Per Morten Abrahamsen

As a director/choreographer, I am committed to providing a platform for multicultural and inter-generational performers to explore the intersectionality of dance and theatre. I create original works that are collaborative in nature, and adaptations of dramatic literary works fusing dance and theatre. My movement vocabulary draws on classical and contemporary elements with the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation and is visually and emotionally oriented. My aim is to uncover the dichotomy that exists within small moments: the anxiety, but also the potential for beauty to offer a body of work that entertains, engages, and fosters a visceral experience.

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.”

PERFORMANCES:

I have shown my work in New York, New Orleans, London, Denmark and Russia. In NYC, my work has been presented in venues such as Context Theater, Dixon Place, 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). I have 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), Greene Space (LIC, NY), and Dixon Place (NYC, NY). I have appeared in repertory and original work by Shapiro & Smith, Kay Nikishiwa, 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 & publications:

I am an Adjunct Lecturer in English at CUNY. I have 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 (London, UK), Pineapple 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.

training and education:

I hold an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from Brooklyn College-CUNY where I wrote my thesis on The Wooster Group’s use of dance and movement to subvert, disrupt and entertain, and an MA in Dance History and Choreography from Trinity Laban Centre in London. I received my dance training in New York City, New Orleans, and London, and have studied modern, contemporary, ballet, hip hop and jazz (under the tutelage of Lynn Simonson) extensively. In addition to training in dance, I studied acting and scene study at Hunter College with Claire Bloom and the HB Studio with Michael Beckett. Additional studies: Emmanuelle Delpech (devised theatre and LeCoq). Invited observer by Bill Castellino (director/choreographer) for Christmas in Hell at the York Theatre.