2018 Premieres & Upcoming Projects
Full of new collaborations and traveling adventures, Martinell created 3 new works, premiering in Tulsa, Oklahoma, New York City, New York, and her beloved Baltimore, MD. 2018 was full of excitment!
Created and performed by Nicole A. Martinell (Deep Vision Dance Company) and Malcolm Shute (Human Landscape Dance), Tender Rootis 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.
Cadence, of lack thereof
Cadence, or lack thereofis 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.
A few sheets of dropped paper
A few sheets of dropped papertraverses the line between work and play. A group of young nine-to-fivers realize that their jobs exemplify their bleak lives: overly structured and going nowhere. Luckily, it only takes a handful of dropped paper to turn the tide. Those blank pages are a stimulus for play, creativity, and freedom. Premiere: November 2018; Length: 12:00 minutes; Collaborators/Dancers: students of the CCBC Dance Company.
On the horizon, Martinell looks forward to premiering The Somethings in My Mind at the Baltimore Theatre Project in March 2019. She also has a new collaborative project in the works with sculptor Lisa Dillin entitled The Space Between (Us), premiering at VisArts in September 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 this strange, yet enchanting, burden of one’s thoughts. Original score by Griff Beheler and videography by Timothy Nohe accompanies the work.