Michelle Boulé & Niegel Smith
Michelle Boulé is a dance artist, teacher and BodyTalk Practitioner. She explores using the body as a container to collect and convey experiences, which has recently led her to look at the physicality of consciousness. Based in New York, Michelle teaches and performs internationally with artists such as Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, John Scott, Deborah Hay, and John Jasperse. She received a 'Bessie' (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her performance as James Dean and creative collaboration in "Last Meadow" by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. Michelle's choreography was most recently seen at The Kitchen and will next be seen at ISSUE Project Room on May 30-31, 2013. She has a private BodyTalk practice in Brooklyn.
Niegel Smith is a theater director, performance artist and Artistic Director of NYC’s Obie-Award winning theater, The Flea. His theater work has been produced by Classical Theatre of Harlem, HERE Arts Center, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Invisible Dog, Luna Stage, Magic Theatre, Mixed Blood, New York Fringe Festival, New York Live Arts, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, The Public Theater, Summer Play Festival, Todd Theatre and Under the Radar, and his participatory performances have been produced by Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Dartmouth College, Elastic City, The Invisible Dog, Jack, The New Museum, Prelude Festival, PS 122, the Van Alen Institute and Visual AIDS. He often collaborates with artist Todd Shalom. Together, they conceive and stage interactive performances in public and private environments. He is Associate Artistic Director/board member of Elastic City and ringleader of Willing Participant which whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Smith has received residencies, grants and/or fellowships from Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sundance Theatre Lab, Theater Communications Group, Tucker Foundation, Van Lier Fund and VoxFest. Before surviving high school in Detroit, he grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, fishing with his dad, shopping with his mom and inventing tall-tale fantasies with his two younger brothers.