“…echoing, resonant work…” -Dance View Times
Michelle Boulé researches eastern and western views on somatics, healing and the physical expression of consciousness. She aims to transmit this profound, and at times esoteric, knowledge of the body into the space and time of performance; creating possibility, understanding, and appreciation for the body as a means to connect and relate to the world and each other.
Boulé is the recipient of a NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, the Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life award among others. Her work has been presented in NYC by Danspace Project, ISSUE Project Room, American Realness, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, The Kitchen and an artist in residence at collective address (Brooklyn), Movement Research (NYC), DanceHouse (Ireland), and SKITE (France).
“Ms. Boulé…is one of her generation’s many strong examples of the dancer as artist.” -Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
White began with Boulé’s interests in the color white, stylized hairdos, lace, quantum physics, rhythms, and fractals. These interests led to research about material and immaterial worlds and how our moving, living bodies exist inside a matrix of invisible connections. Boulé received a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant to study BioGeometry, which examines the invisible frequencies and architectures that surround us and how different shapes, sounds, and colors all emit specific frequencies and qualities. White investigates how movement and choreography interact in this network of invisible information, and explores how our physical, material bodies are participants in a subtle, immaterial world. White is about the harmony and connectivity of our place, potential, and possibility. Music by Chris Seeds, in collaboration with Ake Stromer and Gary Olson.
In WONDER, Boulé mines the depth of information and perceptual patterns she has acquired through a lifetime of dance. She pushes her body into new dimensions of exposure, questioning the culture of facades embedded in everyday life. In a continuous cycle of costumes and personas, Boulé explores archetypes and definitions of gender, identity, and virtuosity. It is meant to engage the audience in a purposeful relationship with the performer to mutually explore seeing and being seen. WONDER is an invitation to witness a body in the performance encounter where a shared space of curiosity and possibility is laid bare. Without wonder our eyes are closed. Sound Design by Carmine Covelli in collaboration with Michelle Boulé.
Michelle Boulé and Okkyung Lee (2013)
Collaborators Michelle Boulé and Okkyung Lee together push to the edge of sonic and choreographic boundaries into an atmospheric and sculptural consciousness, gradually penetrating and mapping out a spontaneously defined performance space using music, dance and light. These elements are set into motion by the vehicle of improvisation where perception of form shifts, and a new dimension of performance opens. The piece is designed anew in each location where it is performed, working with the existing architecture and elements of each performance site. Music by Okkyung Lee.
Michelle Boulé is a NY-based choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her work has been presented by American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” at Industry City, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, and Catch Performance Series. Boulé has toured her work to Latvia, Ireland, Canada, Chicago, and Philadelphia. She has received commissions from ISSUE (Emerging Artist Commission), Danspace Project, the Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Universities of OR and IL. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee has been shown at (((send + receive))) festival, The Stone, and ISSUE, and will be shown at The Met Breuer in 2016. Her choreography has received support from the Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant. Choreographic residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development; NYC (2015-16); Movement Research, NYC (2012-14); ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY (2012-13); Dance Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (2010); SKITE, Caen, France (2010). She received the 2014-15 Boekelheide Creativity Award and was a 2002 DanceWeb scholarship recipient at Impulstanz, Vienna. Boulé is a “Bessie”-Award winning performer, most noted for her work with Miguel Gutierrez (since 2001), John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay. She is on faculty at The New School and Movement Research, and has also taught at dance institutions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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