Balance and the Precarious

Join us Saturday, August 26 at 2pm, when Nicole Dagesse, with Murmurations Dance artists, develops a series of duets exploring weight sharing and balance through improvisational scores, set choreography, and contact improvisation, inspired by David Stromeyer's 2017 sculpture High Wire Act.

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Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested in the parallels between body and earth. After earning her Masters of Fine Arts, Nicole taught and choreographed in North Carolina, where Murmurations Dance was born. Now back in Vermont, Nicole lives with her husband, adventurous three year old, and beautiful newborn where she uses her improvisational skills to experiment with motherhood, artistry, work, pleasure, and play. Nicole is also a Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Postnatal Yoga.

Participating artists

what is alive in your body? what is alive in my body? how does it move you? how do you move it? trained in somatic bodywork and movement therapy. human being, mother, constant improviser, activist, artist, business owner, dancer.

Jessie Owens is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock, or non-traditional scholar. She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms.


August 26, 2017
2:00–3:00 PM




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Published August 21, 2017