Nicole Nigro

b. 1981, is a dance-theatre artist currently based in both Canada & Italy. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (CA), holds an Honours BFA from York University (CA), a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies with The Royal Academy of Dance (UK), and is an MFA candidate at Accademia dell’Arte (IT). She has had the privilege of interpreting as a guest artist with Anandam Dancetheatre, Broken Jump Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Divadlo Continuo, Dance Theatre David Earle, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and several independent choreographers. Her work has been presented in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Mexico. She was a longtime faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), as well as the Artistic Director of CCDT’s Core Apprentice Company. Nigro is a member of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. She has been a residency artist at Ponderosa (DE); Artscape (CA); Earthdance (US); La Macina di San Cresci (IT); Kulturfactory (IT); and Švestkovy Dvur (CZ). In June of 2016, Nigro relocated to Europe to pursue an MFA in Physical Theatre at Accademia dell'Arte. The 2.5-year graduate program took place in Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Her thesis explores liminal space in performance. Her performative work interlaces her interests in behaviour, sensory perception, language, and connection. Nigro creates movement investigations, which are a synthesis of her studies in dance, voice, improvisation, and physical theatre.

photo: faith Sullivan 2018

photo: faith Sullivan 2018

Nigro's work stems from an interest in human behaviour, sensory perception, embodiment, and a desire to connect. She examines emotion, intent, and motivation with the purpose of creating exchange, facilitating intimacy, celebrating diversity, and fostering empathy. Nigro believes in movement’s potential to provoke and challenge our perceptions, providing us with the aptitude to experience life outside the studio more fully.  

 

Title photo courtesy of Jennifer Picard Photography 2013.