Project|Oracle is the umbrella for the collaborative work of dance artists Maré Hieronimus (Brooklyn), Nicole Nigro (Toronto), and sound artist Cory Neale (Philadelphia).

About Project|Oracle
Project|Oracle is the umbrella for the collaborative work of dance artists Maré Hieronimus (Brooklyn), Nicole Nigro (Toronto), and sound artist Cory Neale (Philadelphia). They first came together in February 2014 at The E|MERGE Artist Residency at Earthdance Center for Creative Living in Massachusetts. Inspired by their shared love of the power of ritual, communal process, and the magic inherent in the experience of live performance, they have been co-creating body and site-based performance art work ever since. Their projects have been presented by chashama (NYC), New Dance Alliance Performance Mix (NYC), the CURRENT SESSION'S (NYC), and Earthdance (MA).

About our Creative Process
Our process explores the connections made between each other, as well as our relation to where, when and how we stand in time and space, and extending those findings, the commonalities, to the world around us. We explore each environment using the shifting field of the body as the point of origin as well as the intent and emotion in order to celebrate diversity and foster empathy. We employ set, sound, and lighting to further shape this connection with the audience, and devise ways in which witnesses can more intimately experience the work through close interaction with the performers of Project|Oracle.

The work of Project|Oracle often finds itself generated and investigated through visual art and imagery. Sound designs are explored through abstract painting investigations that then inform the qualities of light and space within the compositions. Other imagery is used to further develop, define and express our inquiry, such as the murmuration of birds, and the structure of seashells, as often used as video footage in scenic designs for performances of Project|Oracle. Collaborator Cory Neale found his way into dance and performance through visual and sound art, locating a need to bring imagery through sound to time-based media. Maré Hieronimus also has an extensive background and love of the visual arts and extends that into photography and video, while Nicole Nigro finds deep inspiration in the written word and poetry. The lines between dance, visual art, sound, and poetic experience are purposefully blurred in performance. 

We believe that dance and performance is an essential part of our human landscape and a profound tool for understanding ourselves and the world around us. Too often it is hidden away and seen by only a few, but dance is a primordial form of expression and in many cultures an integral part of life rituals and communal living. Dance is our heritage and one of our keys to the beauty of the experience of human connection. Because of this, we look to create work that is in constant relationship to the world around us, taking the performance out of the theater and into the experience of life.

photos: Hope Davis, Quyn Duong, and Paulette Lewis. 


What is Broken Jump?

Broken Jump is an artistic ensemble dedicated to the creation of theatrical events which take place in non-theatrical locations of particular cultural interest. The company works to maintain a liquidity which allows the ensemble to easily penetrate any found or chosen site in which a performance will take place.

Based in Italy, Broken Jump has been able to draw from a pool of skilled international performers each with his and her own specialization.

What is the significance of site-specific-theatre?

For Broken Jump, site-specific theatre offers a unique opportunity to open cultural horizons by interacting in a creative way with any given culture or sub-culture and allowing that culture to speak through its architecture, history, anthropological import and artistic heritage.

The nature of site-specific-performances is such that a creative effort activates and engages directly with hidden narratives present in the social context embedded within that specific site. This allows Broken Jump to work always within the framing context of place which itself suggests the theme and dramatic structure of the performance.

What is Broken Jumps’s artistic world?

Broken Jump draws upon many theatrical languages including mixed-media, music, dance, puppetry, etc. but always there remains a deep interest in the human body and the human voice which carry the irreducible universality of humanity. In any given performance we acknowledge three ‘players’: audience, place, and performers. These are the fundamental ingredients which go in to making the significance of a performance, and it is our artistic sensibility which creates poetry from this.

What is Broken Jump’s cultural mission?

Broken Jump Theatre is in constant search of culturally relevant (or irrelevant) locations in which to create an artistic synergy between people and geography. Employing elements of research, play, imaginary folklore and ritual, Broken Jump tries to rival cultural differences via an artistic experience which both brings value to each persons culture and at the same time transcends culture in favor of universal empathy and understanding.

Although Broken Jump Theatre fosters an international calling which acknowledges contemporary transformations in the theatre, the ensemble has naturally sedimented itself in the steep Italian culture and history, drawing upon its rich heritage of folk music and tradition of story telling and mask-theatre. We believe that Italian culture, being a culture of ‘adjustment’ is an extremely fertile vehicle for interacting with other traditions and settings in which an Italian ‘inventiveness’ is required. We understand this inventiveness to be the living and moving aspect of Italian culture which brings a dynamism to the performances and steps away from the typical historiographical re-enactment.

Heidee Alsdorf, Andrea Bertocci, Sam McGehee, Nicole Nigro & Nike Redding. photos: Lourdes McGehee.

Title photo courtesy of Quyn Duong 2016.