• Profile:

    Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher and BodyTalk practitioner based in New York. Her work has been shown in New York at ISSUE Project Room (Emerging Artist Commission), Mount Tremper Arts, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research Festival at Judson Church, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, Catch Series, and American Realness (Jan 2014). She has been a choreographic assistant and performance coach for Deborah Hay solo adaptations, including an adaptation presented by El Auditorio in Tenerife, Spain. In 2010, she was an artist-in-residence at DanceHouse in Dublin, Ireland and a participant at the SKITE residency in Caen, France. She has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants 2013 and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant 2012, and she is a 2012-14 NY Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

    She has collaborated and performed in every group piece by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People since 2001, and received a 'Bessie' for her performance as James Dean and collaboration in the creation of Last Meadow. Other dance artists she has worked with include John Scott, Deborah Hay, (William Forsythe commission If I Sing to You), David Wampach, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, Neal Medlyn, Christine Elmo, Neal Beasley, Beth Gill, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz, Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado), and Gabriel Masson. She collaborates with cellist/composer Okkyung Lee and has also worked with playwright/director Rosie Goldensohn. She is part of the teaching faculty at The New School and Movement Research in New York. She has also been faculty at Hollins University and the University of Illinois as well as a guest teacher at other dance institutions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She was a 2002 DanceWeb scholarship recipient at Impulstanz in Vienna.

    Degrees Held:

    B.F.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Professional Affiliations:

    Movement Research - Faculty, Artist-in-Residence
    Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People - performer/collaborator
    International BodyTalk Association - Certified Practitioner

    Performances And Appearances:

    WONDER American Realness Festival, Jan 2014 (New York, NY) and ISSUE Project Room, May 2013 (Brooklyn, NY)
    Break>Urge>Imprint ISSUE Project Room, Oct 2013 (Brooklyn, NY) and Mount Tremper Arts, July 2013 (Mount Tremper, NY)
    White (work-in-progress) Center for Performance Research, Oct 2013 (Brooklyn, NY) and Movement Research at Judson Church, Dec 2013 (New York, NY)

    Research Interests:

    • Applying somatic studies to performance and choreography
    • Role of the performer as interpreter, collaborator, and inner dramaturg
    • Significance of dance as a non-verbal, non-linguistic social medium

    Awards And Honors:

    Emerging Artist Commission, ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn, NY)
    Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant
    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency

    “500 Words” as told by Samara Davis for ARTFORUM. 7/5/2013.
    “Peeling Back The Layers” by Siobhan Burke for The New York Times. 5/24/2013.
    “Michelle Boulé…in conversation with Matthew Walker,” for Critical Correspondence. 2/24/2013.
    “Michelle Boulé, Dancer-Artist At Work” by Claudia LaRocco for The New York Times. 11/23/2012.