Michelle and Jesse will co-facilitate a movement class that will initiate a new dialogue between their individual physical practices.
Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher and Certified BodyTalk practitioner based in New York. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, River to River Festival, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room (Emerging Artist Commission), Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Catch Performance Series, and in a Danspace performance curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor at “Come Together: Surviving Sandy.” She has also toured her work to Gertrudes iealis teatris in Latvia, the OnEdge Festival at Links Hall in Chicago, and The Painted Bride in Philadelphia. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee has been 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 El Auditorio in Tenerife, Spain. She has also choreographed works for Zenon Dance, Eugene Lang College/The New School, 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, Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant. She is a currently a cohort artist in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development Program (2015-17). She has also had residencies at collective address, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and 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 has collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People since 2001, 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 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 in New York. She has also been faculty at The New School, Hollins University and the University of Illinois, as well as a guest teacher at dance institutions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Jesse Zaritt is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, having previously been the inaugural 2014-2016 Research Fellow in the University’s School of Dance. Jesse has performed his solo work in Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. His solo ‘Binding’ is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production.
Jesse worked collaboratively with choreographer Jumatatu Poe from 2012-2015; their evening length duet was presented by Gibney Dance Center in New York City in October 2015. Their work has also been shown at AUX Performance Space (Vox Populi) and Fringe Arts in Philadelphia and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (through the sponsorship of Triple Canopy), Dixon Place and New York Live Arts (through the Studio Series Program) in New York City. A duet created in collaboration with choreographer Katie Swords premiered at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in Late October 2015. Jesse was commissioned by the American Dance Festival to create a duet with choreographer Mark Haim which premiered as part of the 2015 ADF performance season.
From September 2008 through June 2011, Jesse was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He has been commissioned to create original choreographic works for numerous American college programs; he has also created choreography for the Seminar HaKibbutzim College (Israel) and the Acco Theater Festival (Israel). Jesse was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography. Jesse was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001-2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008). Jesse has also performed in the work of Faye Driscoll (NYC/2010-2015) and works as an artistic advisor/dramaturge for her current projects. Jesse currently performs in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC/since 2009) and Vanessa Anspaugh (NYC/since 2015). Jesse has recently taught at Bard College (NY), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA), Pomona College (CA), and the University of the Americas Puebla (Mexico) as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Jesse received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008) and a BA from Pomona College (2000).
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced dancers/ movement practitioners.
$10 suggested donation.