Full of new collaborations and traveling adventures, Martinell created (and co-created) various new works, premiering in Tulsa, Oklahoma, New York City, New York, and her beloved Baltimore, MD.
Created and performed by Nicole A. Martinell (Deep Vision Dance Company) and Malcolm Shute (Human Landscape Dance), Tender Root is a duet exploring the transformative cycle of organic matter. Images of blooming, leaves unfurling, and vines weaving emerge as two, connected bodies seamlessly morph and create new forms. Undertones of human intimacy and interconnectivity thread through the work. Premiere: June 2018; Length: 9:40 minutes; Collaborators: Malcolm Shute (co-choreographer/music), Dancers: Nicole A. Martinell & Malcolm Shute; Special feature: ECOPOETIC, Washington Square Park, NY (2018). Additional performances: Inertia, Towson, MD (2018); Baltimore Theatre Project, MD (2019).
Cadence, of lack thereof
Cadence, or lack thereof is a witty duet illuminating the awkward do-si-do of social interactions. As the individuals attempt to connect their inner rhythms with each other’s habitual grooves, their playful banter of nonsensical dialogue and disjointed movements unfolds. In the subtext, the work teasingly portrays dancers in the creative process. Premiere: July 2018; Length: 9:00 minutes; Collaborators/Dancers: Samantha Hopkins, Jeanna Riscigno; Special Feature: Exchange Choreography Festival, Tulsa, OK (2018). Additional performances: Walters Museaum of Art, Baltimore, MD and Baltimore Theatre Project, MD (2019).
The Somethings in My Mind
The Somethings in My Mind reveals the tempting cycle of becoming consumed by our habitual, mental constructs. Our thoughts carry layers of emotional baggage and have the power to shift our view of reality and dissipate the conscious self. Through the image of a lingering rolling body at one’s feet, The Somethings in My Mind explores the strange, yet enchanting, burden of one’s thoughts. Original score by Griff Beheler and videography by Lindsay D'Andelet accompanies the work. Premiere: March 2019; Length: 13:00 minutes; Collaborators/Dancers: Samantha Hopkins, Nicole Martinell. Special Feature: Baltimore Theatre Project, MD (2019).
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; Collaborator: Cuong Nguyen. Special feature: Maryland Choreographers Showcase, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, January 2014.
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. Excerpt: https://youtu.be/U7YneLmcwqY; Video works highlights: https://youtu.be/Iu6-f-wOxIg