Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher, healer, and coach based in New York. Her work has received commissions and presentations from The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Triple Canopy, River to River Festival, Summer Stages Dance @ ICA Boston, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Catch Performance Series, and a Danspace performance curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor in “Come Together: Surviving Sandy.” She has also toured her work to Riga, Latvia; Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, IL; San Marcos, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Philadelphia, PA. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee was presented by The Met Breuer, send + receive festival (Winnipeg, Canada), The Stone, MoMA Junior Associates event, and ISSUE Project Room. Boulé has been a choreographic assistant and performance coach for Deborah Hay solo adaptations, including an adaptation presented by Acerina Amador at El Auditorio in Tenerife, Spain. She has also choreographed works for Zenon Dance, Eugene Lang College/The New School, California State University San Marcos, Latvian Academy of Culture, University of Oregon, Trevor Day School, and University of Illinois. Awards received include a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, Distinguished Legacy Award (University of IL), New Music USA Grant, Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant. She has received residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development Program, Summer Stages Dance@The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, collective address, Gibney, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Movement Research, and internationally at DanceHouse (Ireland), and at SKITE (France). In 2002, she was a DanceWeb scholarship recipient at ImPulsTanz in Vienna.
As a performer, she collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez from 2001-2015, receiving a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for her performance as James Dean and collaboration in the creation of “Last Meadow” and 2015 “Bessie” nomination for her body of work with Gutierrez. Other artists she has worked with include Heather Kravas, Aine Stapleton, Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay (William Forsythe commission “If I Sing to You”), David Wampach, Donna Uchizono, Mark Dendy, Neal Medlyn, Christine Elmo, Neal Beasley, Beth Gill, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz, Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado), Gabriel Masson, and playwright/director Rosie Goldensohn. She is part of the teaching faculty at Movement Research and The New School/Eugene Lang College in New York. She has also been faculty Hollins University and the University of Illinois, as well as a guest teacher at dance institutions throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner since 2008, Michelle has worked with over 500 hundred clients in New York and internationally through her online individual and group work at MBodyRadiance.com.
My work as a choreographer, performer, and teacher begins with the body—the information it holds and conveys and how this relates to our individual and collective potential. I research eastern and western views on somatics, healing and the physical expression of consciousness and aim to transmit this profound and at times esoteric knowledge of the body into the space and time of performance. My work often also addresses the power and mystery of the feminine.
My process involves intuitively collecting elements—movement, text, costumes, music—and allowing their poetic logic to arise in surprising ways. I don’t tend to work with a single idea when I’m creating. Rather, the piece arises through the distilling and framing of the multitude of content I collect.
With my long history as a performer, the creation of my work is guided by the performer’s role and trajectory within a dance and a deep investigation of physicality, as well as a penchant for humor and subtle upending of perspective. I aspire to give meaning to movement and the body—ultimately, a reminder and a space for the potential of what and who we are.
Michelle Boulé is “Bessie” Award winning performer who since 1999 has dedicated much of her practice to working as a performer/collaborator in the works of several artists. These artists include Heather Kravas, Miguel Gutierrez, Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, John Scott, Donna Uchizono, David Wampach, Christine Elmo, Neal Medlyn, Beth Gil, Mark Haim, Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado) Gabriel Masson, and playwright/director Rosie Goldensohn.
When Ms. Boulé is onstage, it’s hard to take your eyes off of her…Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
Michelle Boulé is a force of nature. She dances like a volcano and I can’t take my eyes off her.Lisa Kraus, thINKingDANCE
...Boulé’s strangely magical naïveté – opened up an uncanny space between experience and consciousness.Hong-An Truong, Idiom Mag
Michelle’s teaching combines information from her studies of various somatic and energetic modalities as well as her professional experience as a performer and artist over the last 20 years. She has been known to incorporate a deep understanding of movement, performance, and creativity with an inspired, full-hearted, and playful atmosphere. She has been guest faculty at Hollins University and the University of Illinois, teaching technique, improvisation, composition and performance, and somatic studies. She teaches regularly in New York as faculty at Movement Research and Eugene Lang College at The New School, and has also taught numerous classes and workshops throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her teaching is very much influenced by her 11 year practice as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner working with energy and consciousness-based healing, as well as her studies in the Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Franklin Method, Fitzmaurice Voicework, Continuum Movement, yoga, and Ayurveda.
Movement Practice Class Description
I invite you to come to class with the belief that your body has all that it needs and that within the collective of the room, we expand our resources even further. We’ll use guided improvisations, honoring each individual’s unique pathways for engaging and understanding. We’ll also work with simple exercises and imagery, utilizing specific ideas about anatomy and kinesiological function. There will be time to observe how our actions, thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and breath shape our experience. The accumulation of this information will help us access states where physically efficient, creative engagement is the default choice! Class will end with an application of these ideas to choreographed phrase work.
- Movement Technique Class
- Art Healing Making Doing Being
- Performance and Persona
- Tools for Creative Practice – The Art of Listening
- BodyTalk and Open Movement
- Personal History as a Professional Dancer & Artist
- BodyTalk & Dance/Art Practice
July 23 – August 13
Online Course – GO BIG! Step Into the Life You Desire
Teaching at Movement Without Borders
PS21 – Chatham, NY
July 28-August 4
Teaching Creative Practice Workshop + Performance
Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) – Seattle, WA
Teaching Movement Class + Healing Synthesis Sessions
Mountain Dance Festival – Missoula, MT
Norwegian College of Dance and PRODA – Oslo, NO
September 30 – October 4
Danscentrum – Stockholm, SE
October 21 – 31
P.A.R.T.S. Masters Program – Brussels, Belgium
New Yorker | video for Five Borough Freestyle: Contemporary
ArtForum 500 Words Interview | by Samara Davis
NY Times | feature by Claudia LaRocco
Critical Correspondence | interview by Matthew Walker on the process of making WONDER
BOMBLOG | interview by Lauren Bakst for Hello, I need you at The Kitchen
Bomb Magazine | interview by Samara Davis
Brooklyn Rail | White Review by Cassie Peterson
Dance View Times | White Review by Martha Sherman
Financial Times | WONDER Review by Apollinaire Scherr
Infinite Body | WONDER Review by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
NY Times | WONDER Listing by Siobhan Burke
Dance.Lv Journal | WONDER Review by Inta Balode
DanceBeat | Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty by Deborah Jowitt
NY Times | Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty by Brian Seibert
The New Yorker | Miguel Gutierrez’s work by Andrew Boynton
NY Times | Miguel Gutierrez’s Last Meadow by Claudia La Rocco
IDIOM | Deborah Hay’s If I Sing to You by Hong-An Truong
NY Times | Deborah Hay’s If I Sing to You by Claudia La Rocco
Michelle Boulé’s work is made possible through the generous support given by numerous individual donors.Please click here to make a 100% tax-deductible donation through Michelle Boulé’s fiscal sponsor New York Live Arts.Click here to donate
Endless thanks to the members of my Leadership Circle for their abundant support:
Mel and Cecilia Boulé
Fran McCaughan and Nessan Fitzmaurice
Jonathan and Elizabeth Tunney
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to become a Leadership Circle member and support continued artistic endeavors for Michelle Boulé and her collaborators.
Michelle Boulé is a member artist of New York Live Arts, Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt organization. Contributions in support of Michelle Boulé’s work are greatly appreciated and may be made payable to New York Live Arts, Inc., earmarked for “the New York Live Arts member project of Michelle Boulé.” A description of the work and current project activities for which such contributions will be used are available from Michelle Boulé or New York Live Arts, upon request. All contributions are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Note: A copy of New York Live Arts’ latest annual financial report filed with the New York State Department of State may be obtained by writing to the N.Y.S. Dept. of State, Charities Registration, 162 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12231, or to New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY, 10011.)