The Birthing Bodies Community Dance Workshop will occur on March 19th, 2016. This day long retreat at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw will bring together community members of all ages, abilities, and genders to engage with improvisational scores and movement exercises that explore the complex topics surrounding birth and motherhood. Participants will experience many of the choreographic tools that were used in the creation of Birthing Bodies. Through personal stories and non-verbal play, non-dancers and dancers alike will experience the creative process and have the opportunity to perform with the company during the Birthing Bodies public performance April 29, 30, and May 1st in Durham NC. Journaling, ritual, and a community lunch will enrich the movement experience and help workshop members get to know one another and the material. Finally, Murmurations Dance company members will offer a short performance to share how these exercises can be employed to build original and engaging dance material. Company members will lead the workshops and share their unique stories of birth and motherhood. The workshop will be heavily documented by Allie Mullin photographically to provide participants with visual expression of their experience. An important aspect of the workshop is for participants to feel empowered. The photography will tell the story of the day and provide participants with documentation of their beauty, strength, and creativity. Prints will be mailed to each recipient in the weeks following the workshop, providing a layer of the palimpsest of Birthing Bodies to each individual member and helping the piece live on in the lives of the participants.
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. Since earning her Masters of Fine Arts, Nicole has been teaching and choreographing in North Carolina, where she lives with her incredible husband and darling son. Nicole is also a Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Postnatal Yoga. Learn more about her yoga teaching at worldtreeyoga.org.