MMDG Master Class Series

Incubator Series - Nelly Van Bommel

Join Nelly van Bommel (NØA DANCE Artistic Director) and company members for a special workshop where she will share her creative practices and process. This workshop will offer a playful yet rigorous environment that will allow each participant to discover and deepen their unique interests, personalities, process, and dancing.

Performers/creators of all disciplines are welcome.

NØA DANCE is an organization that unites diverse artists to create contemporary dance performance. It has developed its activities as an international contemporary dance project with its current home base in New York City. Van Bommel is interested in creating dense settings, in which each player is an individual and yet all are united by a common language. Her choreography draws on a wide range of movement sources from classical ballet and contemporary dance to movements that surface during the creative process, resulting in an idiom of exciting and textured physicality. Van Bommel strives for a quality that mixes subtle restraint and raw athleticism, linking rapid sequences of incisive, clear-cut, trenchant movement, slicing through space and the body. Van Bommel’s creative process is rooted in a celebration of music and movement, and a love for collaboration with dancers.

“Nelly van Bommel’s choreography magically teeters between tragedy and comedy, classical and folk, serenity and wildness.” - Rachel Straus, Dance Magazine

April 13
12:00PM - 3:00PM

A French native of Dutch descent, Nelly van Bommel was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in January 2010. She is an award-winning choreographer (1st Jury Prize, Genesis International Choreographic Competition/Milwaukee Ballet – 2007; 1st Jury Prize, New American Talent/Dance/Ballet Austin – 2010) whose work has been featured in France, Taiwan, Canada and the US in major festivals and venues. Her residencies include Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Western Michigan University Department of Dance in collaboration with DanceWorks Chicago, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, which produced her company NØA DANCE’s spring 2012 season. She has been a guest teacher at the Taipei National University of the Arts and an e-choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal, and choreographed two full length works for Ballet Austin II. Her most recent work JOE, premiered in September 2016 at the Mark Morris Dance Center.  In 2012 and 2013, she was the Director of Choreography at the RDA Summer National Choreography Intensives. Ms. van Bommel is an Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, serving as Director in 2015-2017.

MMDG's Incubator Series is uniquely designed to offer dancers and emerging choreographers a chance to network, share ideas and develop community in a fun and inspiring environment. Intermediate to professional dancers work directly with established performing artists in a mini-intensive format to workshop new ideas and/or use the choreographic tools of the featured artist to inform their own creative process.

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