Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and healer based in New York, who has over the past 20 years of her professional career built a well-reputed international following for her work. The New York Times wrote “When Ms. Boulé is onstage, it’s hard to take your eyes off of her...”, and she was the featured Contemporary Dance artist in The New Yorker Magazine’s dance video series.
Her work begins with the body—the information it holds and conveys and how this relates to our cultural landscape. She researches eastern and western views on somatics, healing, and the physical expression of consciousness and aims to transmit this profound and at times esoteric knowledge of the body into the space and time of performance. Ultimately, her work aspires to create space for the potential of what and who we are.
Boulé has received commissions and presentations from The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Triple Canopy, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Summer Stages Dance @ ICA Boston, River to River Festival, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church. She has also toured her work to Riga, Latvia; Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; and San Marcos, CA. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee was presented by The Met Breuer, send + receive festival (Winnipeg, Canada), The Stone, MoMA Junior Associates, and ISSUE Project Room. Awards received include a Distinguished Legacy Award from the University of Illinois, 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, and residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development Program (2015-17), collective address, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Movement Research, and internationally at DanceHouse (Ireland), and at SKITE (France).
As a performer, she collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez from 2001-16, receiving a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” and 2015 "Bessie" nomination. She was Other artists she has worked with include Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay, Donna Uchizono, Beth Gill, and Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado). She teaches at universities and institutions throughout the North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and has also been faculty at Movement Research, The New School, Hollins University, and the University of Illinois. She maintains a in-person and online healing practice through MBodyRadiance.com.
Originally from Alaska and Montana, Anya is currently based in California. She dances, make dances, and teaches dance in multiple contexts. Collaboration is central to her artistic practice. Anyabelieves in dancing with the bodies that we have in order to cultivate radical aliveness. She teaches/facilitates contact improvisation, improvisation, and contemporary dance internationally at festivals and institutions most recently in Mexico, Austria, Sweden, Ukraine, Israel, and across the US. Working with and performing for Sara Shelton Mann and Nancy Stark Smith continues to inspire Anya about the immensity of human potential through dance. Her choreographic work has been presented across the US including by La MaMa (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson (NYC), REDCAT (LA), Highways Performance Space (LA), Pieter Performance Space (LA), and ArtPower! (SD). In addition to making dances and performing, Anya teaches as a Lecturer in Dance Studies at CSU San Marcos, is in the Feldenkrais Method® Training program, and co-directs PADL West, an independent dance presenting organization in San Diego. Anya holds an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego and a BA in Dance and Liberal Studies from the University of Montana. www.anyacloud.com
Faith Morrison was born in the tundra of Alaska and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon in 2015, and received her BA in Dance and Mathematics from the University of Montana in 2010. Faith received Graduate Teaching Fellowships from 2012-2015 in the Dance Department at the University of Oregon where she taught Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Contact Improvisation. She has been a guest artist in the Dance Department at Oberlin College, The University of Idaho, and Pacific Lutheran University. Her choreographic work Within Limit, commissioned through a guest artist residency at the University of Idaho, was highlighted at the 2018 ACDA Southern Division Conference last spring. While living in Montana, Faith danced with Headwaters Dance Company and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Company. She has also had the opportunity to perform in works by Bebe Miller, Mark Haim, Robert Guitron, Shannon Mockli, Brad Garner, Barbara Lima and Katie Scherman+Artists. For the past two years she has been a company member and instructor with Polaris Dance Theatre in Portland, OR.
Laurel is a UM alumni with a history of studying dance improvisation. Her curiosity about the moving body and performance in the moment has taken her all over the US and abroad--she is thrilled to share some of what she has explored with numerous dance geniuses.