March 3, 2020: CIM Guest Artist Lecture Series With Nichole Canuso
February 20, 2020
Date: Tuesday March 3, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Immersive Media, Juniper Hall
The CIM Guest Artist Lecture Series is presented as part of Miwa Matreyek’s course, Projection, Body and Storytelling. All UArts faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.
Nichole Canuso, artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company and UArts faculty member, is interested in the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell other people. This artistic obsession manifests in performances that explore presence and absence, participation and spectacle. For the past two decades, Canuso’s choreographic projects have been presented nationally at New York Live Arts, New York City; American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Los Angeles Performance Projects, California; the International Festival for Art and Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut; and internationally in Hungary, Mexico, U.K. and other countries. Canuso has held numerous choreographic residencies, including at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Tallahassee, Florida; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire; Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York; National Center for Choreography, Akron, Ohio; and other locations. Additionally, she is a 2017 Pew fellow.
Canuso has collaborated extensively with dance and theater companies, most notably with Headlong Dance Theater, where she was a company member for 12 years. Her work with Pig Iron Theatre Company includes the creation and performance of a three-woman clown play called FLOP. Other companies Canuso has worked with include Karen Bamonte Dance Works, Group Motion Dance Company, Big Mess Theater, the Arden Theatre, Theater Exile and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. In 2008/2009, she worked with physical theater master Bill Irwin in The Happiness Lecture, which premiered at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Choreography for theater productions includes Arden Theater Company, Theatre Exile, Theater Horizon and most recently, the Institute on Disabilities’ production of A Fierce Kind of Love. When possible, Canuso teaches classes to the local dance community and has delivered master classes and commissions at Drexel University; Bryn Mawr College; University of Texas, Austin; AXIS Dance Company; and the American Philosophical Society Museum. She is currently a faculty member of the MFA program at University of the Arts / Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.