MESSAGE TO KRISTEN, 26th JANUARY 2018.
Here is the thing: Stephanie and I started this conversation just to propel us forward, to make ritual, to create reason for touching dance in our lives especially when we have no outside structure for it e.g. classes, studio time, rehearsal. With that in mind we give each other permission to submit anything. Anything is part of the conversation. We already know what we are all capable of. If we also submit the messiness it gives all of us permission to be imperfect and just Do do do. Sometimes we will be on fire and sometimes it will be toss offs. I certainly don’t want to worry about composition all the time, because it challenges me the most. I think movement can be part of it. Working on flicking, or getting out of movement habit, or understanding a movement habit, or playing with movement you have introduced that I hadn’t considered, turning up the soil or enjoying what I am good at. I’m just not going to push myself without you guys there. I am not good at exploring in a vacuum. So let’s not worry about what is on record and know that we are supporting each other with whatever comes up. Bring it! Xo
Stephanie Miracle is an independent choreographer and teaching artist with one foot in Europe and the other on West Coast. She holds a MFA in Dance 2014 from the University of Maryland and a BA in Dance from Belhaven University 2004. A 2014/15 German Fulbright Fellow in the Performing Arts, Stephanie has focused her research on the embodied practice of tanztheater. She became a certified teacher of Klein Technique™ in 2017. Her teaching practice explores the liveliness of space and the possibilities of a precision and chaos in the body.
Stephanie’s choreography has been described as “iconic and nuanced…with an irreverence that makes you smile unconsciously” (Rick Westerkamp, 2014). Her choreographic projects have been presented in Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and various cities across the US. As a performer she has worked with Deborah Hay, Shannon Gillen, David Dorfman, Susan Marshall, PWDT, and was company member with FTS for 2 years. She is the director of Fakers Club and is the guest choreographer for Folkwang Tanzstudio’s 2018 season. She and her husband, visual artist Jimmy Miracle, are excitedly expecting their first baby in August 2018.
Nicole Wolcott is an independent choreographer, dance artist and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. In all of these roles she is driven by an interest in the flux between the body being an abstract kinetic form in space and an amalgam of qualities and experiences that comprise a human identity – an individual who has history, expression, a sense of humor.
Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER magazine. In 2001 Nicole met Larry Keigwin at The Bates Dance Festival and they began an artistic friendship that has been the through line of the last fifteen years of her career. They co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003; She was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. Nicole is now the Education Director for the company. She continues to assist Larry on a variety of projects outside of the company’s framework; most recently the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel.
Wolcott holds an MFA in Performing Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her own choreography has been performed at a range of venues from The Joyce Theater to CBGB’s. She is a passionate teacher and it is her manifesto to share what she earnestly calls the “J.O.D” (the Joy of Dance) with as many people as possible. Most days you will find her and her six year old daughter dancing on the couch, in the train and on the sidewalks of NYC.
Kristen Hollinsworth has been collaborating with Susan Marshall & Company since 1994. She has restaged several of Marshall’s dances including the aerial duet Kiss on Pacific Northwest Ballet. In NYC Kristen has worked with Doug Varone, Tami Stronach, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Monica Gillette, and in San Francisco with Cheryl Chaddick, Della Davidson, and Lea Wolf. She danced with the Metropolitan Opera from1998-2008 in numerous productions. Her own work has been presented in Cape Cod, San Francisco, and New York at Dancespace Project, Dancenow Festival, Flea Theater and Performance Mix Festival. Currently Kristen is working long hours lovingly raising her two children. Hvala Sasa!