B.A.: Dance and Poetry, Hampshire College
Degree: Muscular Therapy, Muscular Therapy Institute
Certificate: Embodied Anatomy Yoga, School for Body-Mind Centering
Certificate: Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, School for Body-Mind Centering
Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose work is inspired by her training in new dance, dance-theater, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga and Feldenkrais. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut, Mexico and Quito, Ecuador. She has been presented by High Zero Festival, Transmodern Age Festival, Shawinigan Street Theater Festival, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, D.C. Improvisation Festival, The Kennedy Center, Danspace Project, Links Hall, Performance Mix Festival, Earthdance's Moving Arts Lab, Cultivate, nEW Festival, X Fest, Bowerbird & ThirdBird, CEC New Edge mix, First Person Arts and Irtijal09’. Her work has been supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (through Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), Philadelphia Dance Projects, Mascher Space Cooperative, the Community Education Center and she has been awarded six Professional Development Grants from Dance Advance. Her piece "I made this for you”, created in collaboration with Gabrielle Revlock, was a 2011 finalist for the A.W.A.R.D. Show! Their new project, "The Dance Apocalypse" is supported by a planning grant through the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Fringe Arts LAB and is on the radar of Creative Capital.
Bindler has taught New Dance, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation and Experiential Anatomy throughout the U.S., Argentina and at Contact Festival Freiburg, Germany. She has taught Somatics, Yoga and Improvisation at the University of the Arts, Therapeutic Bodywork at the Massage Arts Center in Philadelphia, and "Anatomy for Asana" for Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga teacher trainings throughout Philadelphia. For the past six years she has co-taught with Cyrus Khambatta at Wild Meadows Improvisation Intensive every summer. Additionally, she has guest lectured at Ursinus College and Moore College of Art and Design. She has held the Marketing, Membership and Programs positions at Mascher Space Cooperative and is currently is Mascher's Development Assistant. From 2003-2013 she curated performances, workshops and festivals including FALLS BRIDGE: new movement, improvisation and performance festival with Curt Haworth and the Deborah Hay Solo Festival. She is now removing her programer hat in order to pursue writing projects. Her dance writing has recently been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, "Emergency Index" by Ugly Duckling Presse, the Susan Rethorst Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind project, and she will have an article about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from an embodied perspective published in the BMC® Journal, Currents in the spring on 2014. Bindler is also thrilled to be joining the writers at thINKing DANCE. She participated in Deborah Hay's 2011 Solo Performance Commissioning Project where she learned the dance "I Think Not". She collaborates promiscuously with experimental musicians and composers. Current musical collaborations include work with Bhob Rainey, Gene Coleman, Andy Hayleck and Dan Blacksberg. Her newest project is touring, teaching and performing improvisation with her partner, Curt Haworth.