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Matter, Energy, Human

“Matter, Energy, Human” delves into the nature of human existence and our connection to the greater universe. Reconstruction premiered at the Community Education Center, Philly, PA in the “Impacting Spaces” Tour, 2017; 6 Dancers; Collaborators include Timothy Nohe (music), Heather Mork (lighting design), Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler (costume)

Bottle Caps & Suits

"Bottle Caps & Suits" explores the 100 year old history of a Baltimore factory - transitioning from the Crown Cork & Seal Company, to the Lebrow Brothers Clothing Company, and finally to the Baltimore Design School. Premiered at the AKIMBO 2015 Dance & Movement Art Festival; 12 Dancers; Collaborators include Peter Redgrave (Performance Artist, Co-Choreography), Griff Beheler (Music)

Causal Nexus

Investigating the visual beauty of unfolding physical phenomena, "Causal Nexus" explores collisions, momentum, and energy in a closed system surrounded by gradually enclosing, cushioned walls. Premiered at Baltimore Theatre Project, 2015; Video of Baltimore Dance Invitation, 2015; 6 Dancers; Collaborators include Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy (music), Heather Mork (lighting design), Leigh Targaryen (costume)

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About Nicole A.

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Nicole A. Martinell, MFA, CMA Nicole A. Martinell is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, entrepreneur, and Certified Movement Analyst. In 2011, Martinell founded the nonprofit organization, Deep Vision Dance Company, Inc. – a vehicle for her collaborative, choreographic projects and entrepreneurial endeavors. Martinell’s choreography has been featured at venues, festivals, and universities throughout the Baltimore/DC area as well as up the east coast. Ranging from proscenium to site-specific work, her... more

Matter, Energy, Human

Matter, Energy, Human delves into the intersections between quantum physics, metaphysical theory, and the human experience. Each section uncovers the visual beauty of unfolding physical phenomena while illuminating the complex, yet delicate, human condition – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and as a universal whole. Deepak Chopra’s writings in Everyday Immortality: A Concise Course in Spiritual Transformation impact the connective fabric of the work. Audiences witness two storylines – (1) energy and matter and (2) the seemingly concrete human experience – that parallel, impact, weave, crescendo, and converge. Collaborator Timothy Nohe composes the evolving, oscillating sound score.

World Premiere: April 2016; Length: 42 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company
World Premiere Reconstruction: February 2017; Length: 20 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company

Touring Schedule of Work:
"Matter, Energy, Human," Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, April 2016 (42 min)
"Impacting Spaces Tour," Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA, February 2017 (20 min)
"Impacting Spaces Tour," Intersections Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC, February 2017 (20 min)
"Impacting Spaces Tour," Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, March 2017 (20 min)
"Deep Vision," Opera House, Havre de Grace, MD, October 2017 (42 min)

Collaborators: Timothy Nohe (music composition, analog and digital synthesis), Shelly Purdy (percussion), Julian Hicks and Chloe Wiecz (voice), Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler (costumes), Heather Mork (lighting design)

Photo Shoot inspired by work at Hoen & Co Lithograph Building: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZDJZJk

  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" at Artscape

    "Matter, Energy, Human" at Artscape
    Site-Specific restructuring of “Matter, Energy, Human” for Miki Flores-Amper’s Crater! at Artscape 2016. Crater! is a fictional crash site/art space, which includes a large raised platform with geodesic sphere, projecting light and sound. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Timothy Nohe.
  • “Matter, Energy, Human” at Artscape

    “Matter, Energy, Human” at Artscape
    Site-Specific restructuring of “Matter, Energy, Human” for Miki Flores-Amper’s Crater! at Artscape 2016. Crater! is a fictional crash site/art space, which includes a large raised platform with geodesic sphere, projecting light and sound. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Timothy Nohe.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human"premiere

    Excerpt of premiere of "Matter, Energy, Human" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere

    "Matter, Energy, Human" Premiere
    Premiere of “Matter, Energy, Human” at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2016. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: City Digital Photography.

Site-Specific Work: History, Artwork, Architecture

Between 2012 – 2016, Martinell collaboratively choreographed a series of site-specific works for the AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival. Works focused on the history, artwork, and/or architecture of the spaces. Spaces/Works included:

Evening at the Chesapeake Restaurant, Chesapeake Building (2016)
Bottle Caps & Suits, Baltimore Design School (2015)
Causal Nexus SITE, Station North Chicken Box (2014)
Sacred Spaces, Leidy Gallery/Fred Lazarus IV Center (2013)
Out of My Head, Westnorth Studio/roycrosse (2012)

Each work featured multiple collaborations, included audience interaction, and ranged in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

  • "Evening at the Chesapeake," 2016

    "Evening at the Chesapeake," 2016
    Flashing back to the 1960s, "Evening at the Chesapeake Restaurant" (2016) transports you to the heyday of the historic Chesapeake Restaurant. Live jazz music and cigar smoke permeate the air as the who’s who of Baltimore rubs elbows, dances, sips martinis, and dines on steak and seafood. Premiere: Chesapeake, September 2016; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers) Charles Wilson (Drums), Todd Simon (Piano), Blake Meister (Bass), Chloe Wiecz (Vocals), Leigh Targaryen (Costumes). Photo by Walter Levy.
  • "Evening at the Chesapeake Restaurant," 2016

    "Evening at the Chesapeake Restaurant" transports you to the heyday of the historic Chesapeake Restaurant (1960s). Live jazz music and cigar smoke permeate the air as the who’s who of Baltimore rubs elbows, dances, sips martinis, and dines. Premiere: Chesapeake Building, September 2016; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers) Charles Wilson (Drums), Todd Simon (Piano), Blake Meister (Bass), Chloe Wiecz (Vocals), Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler (Costumes). Photos by Walter Levy (#1-3), ZZ Handler (#4-9), McKenna DeBandi (#10-21).
  • "Sacred Spaces," 2013

    "Sacred Spaces," 2013
    "Sacred Spaces" (2013) is a collaboration with Congregate: an exhibition that established artist residencies within houses of worship. "Sacred Spaces" tells a story that connects the congregations, the artists’ works, and the AKIMBO community. Premiere: Leidy Gallery, September 2013; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers), Friday Night Book Club (Musicians), MICA M.F.A. Curatorial Practice, Laure Drougoul, Leo Hussey, Tiffany Jones, Bashi Rose, Katherine Kavanaugh (Artists). Photo by Zachary Z. Handler.
  • "Sacred Spaces" AKIMBO 2013

    "Sacred Spaces" (2013) is a collaboration with Congregate: an exhibition that established artist residencies within houses of worship. "Sacred Spaces" tells a story that connects the congregations, the artists’ works, and the AKIMBO community. Premiere: Leidy Gallery, September 2013; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers), Friday Night Book Club (Musicians), MICA M.F.A. Curatorial Practice, Laure Drougoul, Leo Hussey, Tiffany Jones, Bashi Rose, Katherine Kavanaugh (Artists). Photos by Xiotain Yang (1-13) & City Digital (14-19).
  • "Bottle Caps & Suits," 2015

    "Bottle Caps & Suits" (2015) explores the 100 year old history of a Baltimore factory - transitioning from the Crown Cork & Seal Company, to the Lebrow Brothers Clothing Company, and finally to the Baltimore Design School. Premiere: Baltimore Design School, September 2015; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Co-Choreographer: Peter Redgrave. Collaborators: Peter Redgrave (Performance Artist), Deep Vision Dance Company (Dancers) Griff Beheler (Music), Elizabeth Terschuur (Rehearsal Assistant). Videography by Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Bottle Caps & Suits," 2015

    "Bottle Caps & Suits" (2015) explores the 100 year old history of a Baltimore factory - transitioning from the Crown Cork & Seal Company, to the Lebrow Brothers Clothing Company, and finally to the Baltimore Design School. Premiere: Baltimore Design School, September 2015; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Co-Choreographer: Peter Redgrave. Collaborators: Peter Redgrave (Performance Artist), Deep Vision Dance Company (Dancers) Griff Beheler (Music), Elizabeth Terschuur (Rehearsal Assistant). Video by Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Out of My Head," 2012

    "Out of My Head," 2012
    "Out of My Head"(2012) was an experiential journey through Westnorth Studio, into the meditative garden, and around the street corner. Dancers performed intricate movement, responding to artwork of various artists. Premiere: Westnorth Studio, September 2012; Length: 2 hour. Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers), royrosse (Sculptor), Helen Elliot (Enamel Artist), Valerie Maynard (Sculptor), Chloe Wiecz and David Bridgeman (Music). Photo by Zachary Z. Handler.
  • "Out of My Head," AKIMBO 2012

    Out of My Head(2012) was an experiential journey through Westnorth Studio, into the meditative garden, and around the street corner. Dancers performed intricate movement, responding to artwork of various artists. Premiere: Westnorth Studio, September 2012; Length: 2 hour. Collaborators: Deep Vision (Dancers), royrosse (Sculptor), Helen Elliot (Enamel Artist), Valerie Maynard (Sculptor), Chloe Wiecz and David Bridgeman (Music). Photos by Zachary Z. Handler.
  • "Causal Nexus SITE," 2014

    "Causal Nexus SITE," 2014
    "Causal Nexus SITE" (2014) is an audience interactive, cause-and-effect dance or "system" based on the notion - one body, one action, one choice impacts subsequent events. Premiere: Station North Chicken Box, September 2014; Length: 2 hours. Collaborators: Andrew Freed (Musician). Photo by Rebecca Wolf.
  • "Bottle Caps & Suits" AKIMBO 2015

    "Bottle Caps & Suits explores the 100 year old history of a Baltimore factory - transitioning from the Crown Cork & Seal Company, to" the Lebrow Brothers Clothing Company, and finally to the Baltimore Design School. Premiere: Baltimore Design School, September 2015; Length: 20 minutes (2 hour loop). Co-Choreographer: Peter Redgrave. Collaborators: Peter Redgrave (Performance Artist), Deep Vision Dance Company (Dancers) Griff Beheler (Music), Elizabeth Terschuur (Rehearsal Assistant). Photo by City Digital Photography.

Physics / Dance: Causal Nexus & Learning Physics through Movement

Martinell’s fascination with physics and dance emerged during her site work at the Station North Chicken Box in AKIMBO 2014. The site-exploration was a large-scaled, interactive, cause and effect grid.

From here, the proscenium work, Causal Nexus, birthed. Investigating the visual beauty of unfolding physical phenomena, Causal Nexus explores collisions, momentum, and energy in a closed system surrounded by gradually enclosing, cushioned walls.

Choreography further evolved into two forms: Matter, Energy, Human, an evening length modern work, and Learning Physics through Movement, an arts integration outreach program for K-12, both debuting in 2016.

Collaborators: Timothy Nohe (music), Svetlana Gladycheva (physicist), Deep Vision Dance Company (dancers), Heather Mork (lighting design), Leigh Targaryen (costume)

  • "Learning Physics through Movement" Workshop

    "Learning Physics through Movement" Workshop
    Facilitated by one of DVDC’s talented teaching artists or by Martinell herself, the dance/movement classes enable students to explore physics concepts in an intimate and supportive environment. Classes are filled with collaboration, creative problem solving, and improvisatory games as students connect physics and dance. Photo of DVDC teaching artist, Kelly Weckesser Hall, with Immaculate Conception Xstream Movers (5th graders). Photo by Karen Kuebler.
  • "Learning Physics through Movement" lecture demonstration

    "Learning Physics through Movement" lecture demonstration
    A highlight of the “Learning Physics through Movement” programming, the lecture demonstration is an interactive performance featuring 6 professional dancers of DVDC and emceed by Martinell and/or Gladycheva. Students are introduced to Newton’s Laws (inertia, force, action/reaction), gravity, equilibrium, and torque. Illustrations of abstract concepts elegantly and playfully come to life through dance – unique partnering, challenging balances, and swirling patterns.
  • "Causal Nexus" Premiere

    "Causal Nexus" Premiere
    Premiere of "Causal Nexus" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Causal Nexus" Premiere

    "Causal Nexus" Premiere
    Premiere of "Causal Nexus" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Causal Nexus" Premiere

    "Causal Nexus" Premiere
    Premiere of "Causal Nexus" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Causal Nexus" Premiere

    "Causal Nexus" Premiere
    Premiere of "Causal Nexus" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner.
  • Causal Nexus

    Investigating the visual beauty of unfolding physical phenomena, "Causal Nexus" explores collisions, momentum, and energy in a closed system surrounded by gradually enclosing, cushioned walls. Premiered at Baltimore Theatre Project, 2015; Video of Baltimore Dance Invitation, 2015; 6 Dancers; Collaborators include Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy (music), Heather Mork (lighting design), Leigh Targaryen (costume)
  • "Causal Nexus" Premiere

    "Causal Nexus" Premiere
    Premiere of "Causal Nexus" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler; Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner.
  • "Causal Nexus" at Evening of Artistic Excellence

    "Causal Nexus" at Evening of Artistic Excellence
    Performance of "Causal Nexus" at the Evening of Artistic Excellence, Baltimore Museum of Art, October 2015. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Timothy Nohe and Shelly Purdy; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Beuchler; Photo by: Richard A. Smith.
  • Causal Nexus SITE

    Excerpt of Causal Nexus SITE at AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company and audience members; Music: Andrew Fried. Casual Nexus SITE explored an audience interactive, cause and effect grid within the Station North Chicken Box.

Deep Vision Dance Company (Co-Founder/Artistic Director)

In 2011, Martinell founded Deep Vision as a vehicle for her choreographic and entrepreneurial endeavors. Over the past 6 years, Deep Vision has grown into an organization impacting many lives and much larger than Martinell’s dreams.

Based in Baltimore, Deep Vision is a performing arts, nonprofit organization dedicated to producing innovative choreographic work while creating a home for dancers, collaborating with regional artists, and educating the community in the creative process.

Deep Vision choreography has been featured at such east coast venues as Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Dance Place (DC), Green Space (NY), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Triskelion Arts (NY), Gala Theatre at Tivoli Square (DC) among many others as well as unique, site-specific locations throughout Baltimore City. Deep Vision is a resident company at Baltimore Theatre Project.

Highly active in the community, DVDC/Martinell projects have included Go Deep! residency programs, By/4 Artist professional development series, Modern Dance for the Soma, Community Improvisation Jams, Dual Jams at Windup Space, AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival, and choreographic mentorship for youth.

  • Community Improvisation Jam

    Community Improvisation Jam
    Deep Vision’s open Community Improvisation Jams have been taking place since 2011! All artists and passionate improvisers are invited to explore, intersect, react in the moment, and meet friends for future collaborations. Dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and literary artists are all welcome to contribute and build a rich creative environment. Photo of June 2014 art jam with Sidney Pink. Photo by Sidney Pink.
  • DUAL JAM, "collaborative, spontaneous artmaking"

    Baltimore band, Friday Night Book Club & Deep Vision collaboratively presented and performed Dual Improv Jams at the Windup Space. A night of quirky, spontaneous fun, musicians and dancers responded to directives pulled from a hat every 20-minutes. Audience prompts and interaction threaded through the evening. Jams took place throughout 2013. Idea ignited from Andrew and Nicole’s collaboration for “Sacred Spaces” at AKIMBO 2013.
  • Deep Vision's premiere of "Matter, Energy, Human"

    Deep Vision's premiere of "Matter, Energy, Human"
    A Deep Vision photo shoot for the upcoming premiere of Martinell’s latest work, “Matter, Energy, Human.” Picture features Deep Vision company members, Lia Karagianopoulos and Kelly Weckesser Hall, and the photographic talents of Michael R. Faulkner.
  • Community Improvisation Jams

    Deep Vision’s open Community Improvisation Jams have been taking place since 2011! All artists and passionate improvisers are invited to explore, intersect, react in the moment, and meet friends for future collaborations. Dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and literary artists are all welcome to contribute and build a rich creative environment.
  • Deep Vision's logo comes to life!

    Deep Vision's logo comes to life!
    Artist Michael R. Faulkner brilliantly brings to life Deep Vision's logo through his photographic work. Photo features Deep Vision company members, Natalia Velarde and Kelly Weckesser Hall. www.deepvisiondancecompany.org
  • By/4 Artist Series

    By/4 Artist Series
    By Local Artists / For Local Artists, these interactive, interdisciplinary workshops engage artists and educators in the areas of audience engagement, collaboration, self-promotion, creative processes, and more. Workshops are open and free to the community. Past workshops included such presenters as Liz Lerman, Alex Hewett, David London, ellen cherry, CJay Philip, and Buck Jabaily. Above photo features a 2014 workshop with Cassie Meador and Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange. Photo by Sidney Pink. Location: UMBC.
  • Go Deep! Residencies

    Go Deep! Residencies
    Go Deep! are 1-5 day residencies at schools and community organizations. Students (youth/seniors/families) participate in interactive performances and movement classes centered on various themes, such as women’s suffrage and physics. Current programs include “The Traveling Feet of Ragtime” and “Learning Physics through Movement.” Photo at Weinberg Senior Center.
  • AKIMBO

    AKIMBO
    Cofounded by Martinell and Sidney Pink, AKIMBO is a site-specific dance and movement art festival in Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore City, MD. AKIMBO looks for artists to dream big, to propose ideas never seen before at AKIMBO, and to question the definitions of dance and movement art. AKIMBO encourages interdisciplinary projects, proposals that take artistic risks, and ideas that focus on a strong artistic vision/voice from the company or artist. www.AkimboBaltimore.com. Photo by Brian O'Doherty.
  • Choreographic Mentorship

    Choreographic Mentorship
    Martinell/DVDC offers improvisation and choreography workshops for youth throughout the Greater Baltimore area. Goal is to provide valuable tools for creative and critical feedback process while educating young individuals on the joys of dance making. Students explore their creativity, intellectually discuss their process, discover their artistic voice, and support the uniqueness of others. Photo features Martinell with dance student at Seton Keough High School.
  • Modern Dance for the Soma

    Modern Dance for the Soma
    Taught by Martinell and invited guests, workshops emphasize a somatic approach to intermediate-level modern dance technique, layering self-awareness with dynamic movement choices and personal artistry. Each workshop highlights and builds upon a particular theme, such as spirals, sequencing, exertion/recuperation, phrasing, and weight sharing. Students enjoy discovering their soma, taking risks, exploring the body’s capabilities, and integrating concepts into daily life all within a supportive environment. Photo by Michael R. Faulkner.

AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival (Co-Founder/Artistic Director)

Recently celebrating its 5th year, AKIMBO is a festival of site-specific dance and movement art in Baltimore's Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Comprised of the Artwalk, Teaser, & Spree, AKIMBO features 15+ professional dance companies and movement artists from traditional to experimental, plus music, spoken word, art installation, puppet, multi-media, performance art, and more. Over 150 artists perform in AKIMBO for ~800 audience members each year.

During AKIMBO Artwalk (main event), artists present work in art galleries, restaurants, bridges, parks, murals, and businesses. Artwork speaks to the architecture, history, and/or theme of the locations. At their own pace, audiences explore the neighborhoods rich architecture while participating in live art. Over 50 volunteers in yellow shirts guide audiences along the way.

AKIMBO is a project of Deep Vision Dance Company, under the direction of co-founders/co-coordinators Nicole Martinell, dancer and choreographer, and Sidney Pink, local artist and curator.

  • AKIMBO Artwalk, 2015 Highlights

    AKIMBO 2015 highlight reel featuring 17 dance companies and movement artists throughout Station North, Baltimore, MD. Video filmed and created by Michael R. Faulkner. Featured companies: RealLivePeople, Alex D'Agostino/Noelle Tolbert, Deep Vision, Full Circle, Rebecca Free, Trajectory, Baltimore Dance Project, The Collective, Dance & Bmore, and Sarah Smith.
  • AKIMBO Teaser 2013

    AKIMBO Teaser 2013 highlight reel, featuring Nicole Martinell/Deep Vision Dance Company, MICA Curaturial Practice’s “Congregate: Art + Faith + Community,” and Muse 360 Arts. Features photos by Xiotain Yang, Nicole Martinell, and Sidney Pink.
  • AKIMBO Artwalk 2013

    AKIMBO Artwalk 2013
    AKIMBO is as much about the journey between the spaces as the experience within. A sense of beauty and safety within the community develops as audiences become aware of the rich and diverse offerings of Baltimore’s arts scene. Photo by Zachary Z. Handler, featuring Pendleton House at the Charles St. bridge.
  • AKIMBO Teaser 2014

    AKIMBO Teaser 2014 highlight reel, featuring Nicole Martinell/Deep Vision Dance Company, Flamenco Sole/Experimental Flamenco, Dance & Bmore, Gifted Unity, and Baba Ghanoush. Features photos by Xiotain Yang, Nicole Martinell, and Sidney Pink.
  • AKIMBO Artwalk 2012

    AKIMBO Artwalk 2012
    Musicians, performers, visual artists, movers and shakers craft performances that speak to the architecture, history, theme, and/or visual artwork of a rich variety of locations. AKIMBO Artwalk 2012 performance by Sky Blue Pink at the former Honey Carryout. Photography by Theresa Keil.
  • AKIMBO Teaser

    AKIMBO Teaser
    AKIMBO Teaser kicks off the 3-part Festival. During the Teaser, artists perform improvisational scores in a round robin fashion, cycling through 5 or more locations in the arts district. Concluding the Teaser, artists parade down to the Greenmount neighborhood to dance with youth at the Wonderground Lot. Photographer: Nicole Martinell. Features: Deep Vision and Isa Leal companies.
  • AKIMBO Dance Jam

    AKIMBO Dance Jam
    Between the northwest (Part A) and southeast (Part B) portions of the festival, there is an all-inclusive Dance Jam where audience, dancers and musicians can join together for an improvisational hour of dance and movement art. Photo features community members, Gifted Unity, Baltimore Dance Crews Project, and yellow shirt volunteers at the 2015 dance jam. Photo by Brian O'Doherty.
  • AKIMBO Community Workshops

    AKIMBO Community Workshops
    As a lead-up to AKIMBO, artists enjoy FREE workshops facilitated by such renowned artists as Liz Lerman and Joshua Legg and join in Meet & Greets in Station North locations. Following the Artwalk and Spree, after parties continue collaborative discussions, to heighten community building, and to demonstrate support and appreciation of all artists. Photo highlights artists participating in a workshop with Cassie Meador and Matthew Cumbie from Dance Exchange at UMBC.
  • Yellow Shirt Volunteers

    Yellow Shirt Volunteers
    AKIMBO engages audiences in site-specific performances along an experiential journey. Strategically located volunteers in bright yellow shirts assist people in moving from place to place and in interacting with site-specific dance. Audiences further create their own journey by perusing the AKIMBO website, www.AkimboBaltimore.com, and referencing the colorful postcards. Photo by Rebecca Wolf.
  • AKIMBO 2016 Highlights

    Video reel represents photos by Zachary Z. Handler, representing the following companies - Full Circle Dance Company, Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks, Maggie Jones/Tiffany Spearman, Flamenco Sole/Experimental Flamenco, Sarah Smith, Baggypantsrich & mrsuaidi, darlingdance, Deep Vision Dance Company, Baltimore Dance Project, Zoe Cleous, Noa Heyne, Moveius Contemporary Ballet, Noelle Tolbert and Alexander D’Agostino, The Collective

Ragtime Era: Women's Rights & The Traveling Feet

Between 2013-2016, Martinell enjoyed researching the historical layers and bringing to life the women, dances, and music of the Ragtime Era. Martinell created both an evening length work with live accompaniment as well as her first residency work for K-12 students and seniors.

Featuring live percussion music, aerobic dancing, audience interaction, and more, The Traveling Feet celebrates women of the Ragtime Era. Used as a means for self-expression, Ragtime dancing became a catalyst for social change during the women’s suffrage movement. Women displayed acts of defiance by swinging, swaying, and performing Animal Dances, through the streets.

Concert Premiere: April 2014; Length: 35 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company

Collaborators: Patrick Roulet, Kyle Flens, Mark Craig, Rachel Roulet, Gunnar Folsom (music), Leigh Alexander and Jay Beuchler (costume)

Residencies: Immaculate Conception, Patapsco High School, Weinberg Village Senior Center, Jewish Community Center, Seton Keough High School, St. Joseph’s Nursing Home.

  • The Traveling Feet

    The Traveling Feet
    Premiere of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Towson Percussion Group; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler. Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • Residency at Weinberg Village Senior Center

    Residency at Weinberg Village Senior Center
    Celebrating the women, dances, and music of the Ragtime Era, “The Traveling Feet,” was transformed into an interactive performance/lecture demonstration for youth and seniors. Photo of dancers performing at Weinberg Village in Owings Mills. Photo by Nicole Martinell.
  • The Traveling Feet

    The Traveling Feet
    Premiere of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Towson Percussion Group; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler. Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • The Traveling Feet

    The Traveling Feet
    Premiere of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Towson Percussion Group; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler. Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • The Traveling Feet (excerpt)

    Excerpt of premiere of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Towson Percussion Group; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler.
  • The Traveling Feet

    The Traveling Feet
    Premiere of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2014. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Towson Percussion Group; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler. Photo by: City Digital Photography.
  • The Traveling Feet (excerpt)

    Excerpt of reprise of "The Traveling Feet" at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015, in Martinell/Deep Vision’s 5 year anniversary, FLUX concert. Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company; Music Composition: Patrick Roulet, Rachel Roulet, Gunnar Folsom; Lighting Design: Heather Mork; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen and Jay Buechler.
  • Residency Photo_Patapsco

    Residency Photo_Patapsco
    Celebrating the women, dances, and music of the Ragtime Era, “The Traveling Feet,” was transformed into an interactive performance/lecture demonstration and "animal dance" movement classes for youth and seniors. Photo of dancers with students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts after a multi-day residency. Photo by Sidney.
  • Outreach Performance at St. Joseph's Nursing Home

    Outreach Performance at St. Joseph's Nursing Home
    Celebrating the women, dances, and music of the Ragtime Era, “The Traveling Feet,” was transformed into an interactive performance/lecture demonstration for youth and seniors. Photo of dancers performing at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville and highlighting one of our favorite parts - connecting with audience members. Photo by Casey Wong.
  • Animal Dance Classes at West Towson Elementary

    Animal Dance Classes at West Towson Elementary
    Students explore the playful movements and music of the Ragtime Era while learning about self-expression and nonverbal communication. Dances include the "grizzly bear," "turkey trop," "crab," "bunny hop," and more! Photo of Deep Vision teaching artist, Kelly Hall, with students at West Towson Elementary. Photo by Jewell.

Videos, Boxes, Mirrors, & Poetry: Collaborative Explorations

Always curious and continually fascinated with working in collaborative settings, Nicole Martinell developed a series of works that connected her to a variety of artists and that integrated a multiple elements and/or mediums. Though all of her works highlight collaborative processes, a few of her most fond, memorable, and personally impactful are below.

Heady collectables: Lighthearted and candid, heady collectables brings to life an assortment of head idioms, such as “two heads are better than one,” “hothead,” and “heads up!” Vibrant characters, Scott Joplin music, boxes, and humorous poetry weave together this witty work. Premiere: April 2012; Length: 36 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision; Collaborators: Doritt Carroll (Poetry), Paul Martinell (Boxes). Special feature: Dance Place & Capital Fringe Festival, 2013.

Fractured Spectrum: Immersing the audience with videography and translucent mirrors, Fractured Spectrum traverses the continuum from dark, ambiguous self-absorption to light, clarity, and compassion. Premiere: June 2011; Length: 34 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision; Collaborators: Ron Santana (Video), Paul Martinell (Mirrors). Special feature: Joe’s Movement Emporium and Theatre Project, 2012.

Flirt & Fizzle: A whimsical duet that the validity of relationships emerging from intrigue and fixation. Premiere: April 2010; Length: 10 minutes; Dancers: Lindsey Hedrick, Amina Royster (original cast); Collaborator: Ron Santana, David Merino (Video), Kendra Shapanus (Costume). Special features: Dance Place Choreographers Showcase, DC; Green Space, NY; Triskelion Arts, NY, 2011.

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    "heady collectables"
    Site-specific photography of "heady collectables" by Zachary Z. Handler at the Paper Moon Diner. Dancers: Deep Vision.
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    Dancers: Emily Socolinsky, Maria Kroat, Natalia Velarde, Kelly Weckesser, Olivia Serrill, Melissa Brady
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    "heady collectables"
    Site-specific photography of "heady collectables" by Zachary Z. Handler at the Paper Moon Diner. Dancers: Deep Vision.
  • "Fractured Spectrum"

    "Fractured Spectrum"
    Site-specific photography of "Fractured Spectrum" by Zachary Z. Handler at the Patapsco Female Institute (PFI) Historic Park. Dancers: Deep Vision; Costumes: Leigh Targaryen.
  • "Fractured Spectrum"

    Immersing the audience with videography and translucent mirrors, "Fractured Spectrum" traverses the continuum from dark, ambiguous self-absorption to light, clarity, and compassion. Premiere: June 2011; Length: 34 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision; Music: Sigur Rós, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Oval, Nosaj Thing, Leila, Mike Sheridan, Hiroshi Watanabe, Near the Parenthesis (edited by Paul Martinell and Ron Santana). Collaborators: Ron Santana (Video), Paul Martinell (Mirrors). Special feature: Joe’s Movement Emporium and Theatre Project, 2012.
  • "Flirt & Fizzle"

    “Flirt & Fizzle” is a whimsical duet that questions the validity of relationships emerging from intrigue and fixation. Premiere: April 2010; Length: 10 minutes; Dancers: Lindsey Hedrick, Amina Royster (original cast); Collaborator: Ron Santana, David Merino (Video), Kendra Shapanus (Costume). Special features: Dance Place Choreographers Showcase, DC; Green Space, NY; Triskelion Arts, NY, 2011. Video features restaging of work for the Towson University Dance Company, 2011.

3

“3” is the number of truth and strength; “3” mediates, harmonizes, and connects; “3” is the key to divine perfection. Exploring this sacred number reveals its connection to the integrity of existence; order is organically sustained through the underlying pulse of 3.

Premiere: October 2013; Length: 10 minutes; Dancers: Deep Vision Dance Company

Collaborators: Cuong Nguyen (original music composition), Todd Marcus and Ruby Fulton (music accompaniment at “Evening of Artistic Excellence”)

*Special feature at the Maryland Dance Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in January 2014.

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    Photographer: Xiaotian Yang Dancers: Olivia Serrill, Sam Hopkins, Melissa Brady
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    Photographer: Xiaotian Yang Dancers: Olivia Serrill, Sam Hopkins, Melissa Brady
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall
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    Maryland Choreographer's Showcase performance at Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts, January 2014 Dancers: Melissa Brady, Kelly Weckesser Hall, Olivia Serrill Original Music Composition: Cuong Nguyen
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill
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    Photographer: Kanji Takeno Featured: Melissa Brady, Kelly Hall, Olivia Serrill

SOLO Works: Muffle & Inner Palette

When moving to Baltimore in 2008, Martinell spent time choreographing a series of solo works. Originally choreographed for her body, these works were later transposed onto other bodies. Twisted, emotional, thought-provoking journeys were key to these works as well as collaborative elements.

Muffle (the Puppet)
Muffle characterizes the emotional journey of a woman longing to speak, express, and find herself. Existing in a world of unknowns, she continually suppresses her voice and molds herself to the ways of others. She has become a puppet manipulated by her own fear. Can she swallow the self-doubt, escape her shield, and discover freedom?

Inner Palette
Collaborating with visual artist, Rebecca Wolf, Inner Palette features 4 moldable sculptures (composed of chicken wire, bottles, and construction fencing) and follows the journey of a woman sifting through the complex layers of the psyche to answer a question of personal acceptance.

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    Photo by: City Digital Photography Dancer: Jeanna Riscigno Performance: Uncover at Dance Studio Theatre, Towson, MD, April 2011
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    Nicole Martinell performing the premiere of "Inner Palette" at the Inertia Choreographer's Showcase at the Dance Studio Theatre in Towson, MD. October 2010.
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    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancer: Kelly Weckesser Hall Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, April 2015
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    A work-in-progress, new version of "Muffle" with beatbox collaborator, Shodekeh. Dancer: Samantha Hopkins Musician/Collaborator: Shodekeh
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    Photo by: City Digital Photography Dancer: Jeanna Riscigno Performance: Uncover at Dance Studio Theatre, Towson, MD, April 2011
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    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancer: Kelly Weckesser Hall Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, April 2015
  • Muffle

    Photo by: City Digital Photography Dancer: Jeanna Riscigno Performance: Uncover at Dance Studio Theatre, Towson, MD, April 2011
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    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancer: Kelly Weckesser Hall Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD, April 2015
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    Sam Hopkins performing a reprise of "Muffle" for Martinell/Deep Vision's 5 year anniversary concert, FLUX, at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015.

Laguna el Encanto

Laguna el Encanto is a fun, experimental work with Jamahl Rahmaan, Griff Beheler, and Deep Vision dancers, celebrating the 5 year anniversary of Martinell's Deep Vision Dance Company at Baltimore Theatre Project in 2015.

Laguna el Encanto (Charm Lagoon) collides quirky modern dance with flashy flamenco movements, resulting in a peculiar bird ballad. Flamenco artist, Jamahl Rahmaan displays his delicious footwork as bird-like women swoon to be his mate. The rhythmic landscape is composed and performed live by regional artist, Griff Beheler.

  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015
  • Laguna el Encanto

    FLUX production at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015 Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Lighting Design: Heather Mork Costume Design: Katie Iannitello
  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015
  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015
  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015
  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015
  • Laguna el Encanto

    Photo by: Michael R. Faulkner Dancers: Meli'sa Grier, Jamahl Rahmaan, Jasmine Rivera, Kristy Ganssle Collaborators: Jamahl Rahmaan (flamenco) and Griff Beheler (drums) Performance: FLUX at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2015

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