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White

(2015)

White is an evening-length dance choreographed by Michelle Boulé in collaboration with performers Lauren Bakst and Lindsay Clark. This trio for three women began with Boulé’s interests in the color white, stylized hairdos, lace, quantum physics, rhythms, and fractals. These interests led to research about material and immaterial worlds and how our moving, living bodies exist inside a matrix of invisible connections. Boulé received a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant to study BioGeometry, which examines the invisible frequencies and architectures that surround us and how different shapes, sounds, and colors all emit specific frequencies and qualities. White investigates how movement and choreography interact in this network of invisible information, and explores how our physical, material bodies are participants in a subtle, immaterial world. Essentially, White is about the harmony and connectivity of our place, potential, and possibility.

Choreography: Michelle Boulé in collaboration with the performers
Performance: Lauren Bakst, Michelle Boulé, Lindsay Clark
Lighting: Natalie Robin
Sound: Chris Seeds
Costumes: Reid Bartelme

White for industry city and judson church (2013)

Choreography: Michelle Boulé in collaboration with the performers
Performance: Lauren Bakst, Michelle Boulé, Lindsay Clark
Lighting: Natalie Robin (Judson Church only)
Sound: Okkyung Lee, Samantha Sang, with design assistance from Carmine Covelli
Costumes: Reid Bartelme
Length: 15 minutes
History

January 9, 2016 – Danspace Project (New York, NY)

June 24-27, 2015 – River to River Festival (New York, NY)

April 23-25, 2015 – Danspace Project (New York, NY)

December 9, 2013 – Movement Research at Judson Church (New York, NY)

December 7, 2013 –‘Performing the Precarious, Part 2: Day into Night” a Danspace performance curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor at Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1

Press

Wild and refined all at once

“A Kind of Impossible” by Cassie Peterson for The Brooklyn Rail

White’ contains multitudes of meaning and purpose that takes days to metabolize. Perhaps this is the beginning of much more to come—a very promising statement in Boulé’s ever-deepening choreographic practice.

“A Kind of Impossible” by Cassie Peterson for The Brooklyn Rail

Michelle Boulé and her dancing partners used sweeping limbs, subtle gestures, and moments of irony in ‘White’ to paint an echoing, resonant work.

Filling the Canvas’ by Martha Sherman for The Dance View Times

 

Boulé… holds nothing back in her movement, and in what she described as her “deep investigation of physicality,” she has hewn to simplicity – a few dancers on an open stage – to offer rich findings.

Filling the Canvas’ by Martha Sherman for The Dance View Times

Michelle Boulé explores consciousness and invisible frequencies

Michelle Boulé’s New Trio by Elyssa Goodman

Press

“…wild and refined all at once.”
‘A Kind of Impossible’ by Cassie Peterson for The Brooklyn Rail

“‘White’ contains multitudes of meaning and purpose that takes days to metabolize. Perhaps this is the beginning of much more to come—a very promising statement in Boulé’s ever-deepening choreographic practice.”
‘A Kind of Impossible’ by Cassie Peterson for The Brooklyn Rail

“Michelle Boulé and her dancing partners used sweeping limbs, subtle gestures, and moments of irony in ‘White’ to paint an echoing, resonant work.”
‘Filling the Canvas’ by Martha Sherman for The Dance View Times

“Boulé… holds nothing back in her movement, and in what she described as her “deep investigation of physicality,” she has hewn to simplicity – a few dancers on an open stage – to offer rich findings.”
‘Filling the Canvas’ by Martha Sherman for The Dance View Times

A Kind of Impossible by Cassie Peterson

Filling the Canvas by Martha Sherman

Michelle Boulé’s New Trio by Elyssa Goodman

From Katy Rogers essay “The Poetry of Space” in The Dedalus Foundation’s catalogue for “Come Together: Surviving Sandy”

by Katy Rogers
Michelle Boulé’s radiant performance, White, was a compelling example of a work that had been created earlier but which was dynamically altered by the gallery spaces. In White, three dancers dressed in diaphanous white dresses raced and weaved and spun through a very long and spacious gallery filled with sculptures by Rachel Beach, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Arthur Simms, Donald Moffett, and others. The space quite literally came alive: the inanimate works themselves seemed to dance from their bases and walls in response to the energy of the live dancers.
Funding
The creation of “White” is made possible by the Danspace Project 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation; by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development Program, made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (LMCC.net); through the 2012-2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program funded by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund and by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and creative development residencies at Mount Tremper Arts and at Industry City with assistance from the Dedalus Foundation. Support was also provided by the Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grants – Dance Travel and Study Grant.

Support was also provided by Michelle Boulé Leadership Circle: David Birnbaum, Mel & Cecilia Boulé, Kim & Maximilian Kort, Frances McCaughan & Nessan Fitzmaurice, Elizabeth & Jonathan Tunney; and through Kickstarter support from: Elizabeth Tunney, Christine Elmo, Nicholas Croft, Jes Nelson, Ezra Tessler, Andy Kunci, Alex Rodabaugh, Kathy Wasik, Leah Cox, Joan Athey, Matthew Pokoik, Craig Taborn, Jayoung Yoon, K.J. Holmes, Larissa-Velez Jackson, RoseAnne Spradlin, Laura Scatena Romero, Clif Hubby, Sarah A.O. Rosner, Renée Wadleigh, Miguel Gutierrez, Robert Becker, Alexander Thompson, Ruthie Epstein, Margie Boulé, Joseph Schommer, Juliana May, Aden Hakimi, Kayvon Pourazar, Marc Crousillat, Sarah Galender Meyer, Jacob Akira Okada, Paul Singh, Ben Pryor, David McCarty, Lucien Zayan, Simon Courchel, Laurie Berg, Elizabeth Dale, Courtney Krantz, Angela Vock, Jules Skloot, Alexis Zaccarello, Joanna Kotze, Linda, Aiko Kinoshita, James Turnbull, Stuart Singer, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Diana Crum, Abby Browde, Laurie Roth, Tad Beck, Shelley Poovey, Nico Brown, JJM/NMCR, Yanira Castro, Anna Akroll, Emily Wexler, Katinka Locascio, Nora Stephens, Kay Ottinger, Janet Wong, Mary Carmody, Hope Goldman, Mikey Seles, Vivian Greene, Lourdes Pelaez, Inta Balode, Beatty, Jay Laubscher, Yumi Roach, Jenn Joy, Abby Crain, Jess Humphrey, Anonymous, Rachel Nelson and Johanna Cairns, Mina Nishimura, Lily Bo Shapiro, Haleh Stillwell, Sarah Bishop-Stone, LJ Leach, Kim Kort, Sarah Young, Jillian Peña, Janice Lee, Julie Alexander, Christopher Carmine Covelli, Niegel Smith, Jekim, Sam Miller, Noémie Solomon, Robert Bakst, Jenna Liberati, Liam Kelly, Anna Sperber, Charmaine Warren, Anna Azrieli and Marin Sander-Holzman, Natalie Robin, Rachel Harbeitner, Ayano Elson, Robert Szkolnicki, Donna Uchizono, Cecilia Boulé, Michael Ingle, Alexandra Beller, Joseph Isler, Dr Eric Perlman, Debbie Richards, Terry & Mary Hoffman, Jenni Kiilholma, Debra Skurka, Matthew Walker, Milka Djordjevich, Sara Juli, Hahn Rowe, Elyse Sparkes, Kayt MacMaster, Eleanor Bauer, Lenore Doxsee, Lisa Ross, Jennifer Bickford, Beth Gill, Phi Lee, LongGian Le, Ingrid Nachstern, Lacey Ackerman, Dana Florin-Weis, Nick McCormick, Neil Greenberg, Erin Stutland, Kayla Armgardt, Laurel Snyder, Christopher Ryan, Christina Zani, Andy Kuncl, Alex Rodabaugh, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Kathe Robin, Taka Yamamoto, Anna Margalef, Sharon Estacio, David Thomson, Jacob Slominski, Julie Goldberg, Amber Sloan, Ori Flomin, Kirsten Schnittker, Lisa McLoughlin, Bryn Hlava, Aaron Schroeder, Naomi Ramirez, Adrienne Westwood, Linda Gianna, Meryl Hurwich, Maeva Cunci, Angela Boulé, Fabrice Mazliah, Meredith Talusan, John Scott, Sam Crawford, Wah-Ming Chang, Hilary Clark, Marisa König, Seungee Han, Katherine Myers, Molly Poerstel, Gregory Brackett, Ryan Muller, AmaX, Melvin Boulé, Nina Fischel, Cristina Delgado, Jan Larsen, Olivia & Dehlia, David Bernbaum, Jesse Zaritt, Danielle King, Wendy Santori, Julian Barnett, Rebecca Wender, Ashley Handel, Melissa Arra, Margaret Wallin-Hart, Michael Lavelle, Levi Gonzalez, Richard Cheng, Alan Fleming, Peggy Cheng, Talya Epstein, Sue Buzzard, Samuel Wentz, Emie Hughes, Aretha Aoki, Hugh, Stephen Crawford and Hannah Urego!

“White” was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Davis/Dauray Family Fund. Support was also provided by a creative development residency at Mount Tremper Arts.

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