Nicole Klaymoon|Embodiment Project

Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Thursday, October 9 and Saturday, October 11.

This is their fourth season in the OSF Green Show.

Street dance theater with live music and spoken word.

Nicole Klaymoon|EMBODIMENT PROJECT (EP) is a street dance theater company founded by Nicole Klaymoon in 2008 and based in San Francisco. Quickly gaining critical acclaim, EP seamlessly intersects high-energy street dance, live song, choreo-poetry, theater, and interactive video. In addition to eleven dancers, EP includes a live vocal ensemble, MoonCandy, which is led by EP’s musical director and singer/songwriter, Valerie Troutt.

EP's mission is to promote an appreciation and understanding of various street dance forms by presenting original, multi-media works to diverse audiences while challenging traditional approaches to concert dance.  EP creates emotionally transparent and autobiographical narratives that serve as unifying political acts and vehicles for social change.

Dance Magazine contributing editor Rita Felciano called Embodiment Project one of the Bay Area’s, “ten companies and artists who challenged expectations and unveiled surprises…in 2012.”  The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote that Nicole Klaymoon’s signature work House of Matter, “was one of the most rocking and joyous dance shows to hit the town in a long time.”  EP performed in the collaborative mixed media production Block By Block, directed by Sean San Jose, as part of the artist fellowship series at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. EP performed at numerous festivals including, Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Left Coast Leaning Festival, The Crucible Fire Arts Festival, Dance Brigade's Manifest-ival for Social Change, ODC’s Walking the Distance Festival, Krissy Keefer’s Voluspa: A Ghost Dance For 2012, and three consecutive years in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show (OR).  EP was granted the Rainin Opportunity Fund to premier their 5th home season show, House of Matter, at the ODC Theater (SF) in Dec. 2013. The company performed at the Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC) in Jan. 2014.

In addition to live performances, EP’s vision is to share their passion and knowledge of street dance, culture, and history, as well as their innovative ‘choreo-poetic’ method with diverse communities. In 2009, Klaymoon hosted a free weekly street dance event THE REBIRTH sponsored by the Ford Foundation at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley to create a co-ed practice and performance space that embraced female artists within this male-dominated arts practice.

Since 2010, EP has held a weekly community dance class, taught by a different company member each month, at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. EP has also partnered with G.R.A.C.E Africa to facilitate a performance training in Embu, Kenya to promote self-awareness, healing, and empowerment through education around the HIV/AIDS virus, sponsored by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Deadalus Project. The company has collaborated on two the community performance projects, SKYWATCHERS, created in partnership with the Community Housing Partnership, residents of the Senator Hotel, Tenderloin National Forest, and ABD Productions. The company is an artist-in-residence dance company at San Francisco institutions Red Poppy Art House and Dance Mission Theater.

Nicole Klaymoon|EMBODIMENT PROJECT on Community: Embodiment Project (EP) is particularly interested in continuing to strengthen our relationships with theater companies and communities that are also invested in supporting work that addresses social justice, and is relevant to upcoming generations of art leaders. Our company members work extensively with youth, and are always conscious of making work that empowers and inspires youth to find their own means of expression and art-making. Additionally, EP aims to create performance that is accessible to older generations — work that helps to maintain and find ways to honor the elders of our community. With regard to other artists we work with, EP is linked to street and contemporary dance communities within the United States and internationally, particularly Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, and New York. Our home is the Bay Area, where EP teaches a weekly street/house dance class at Dance Mission in San Francisco. EP’s performers are immersed in the house dance scene; several members battle regularly and even host events throughout the Bay. For instance, Valerie Troutt hosts ShePeoples — a monthly showcase for female artists of all disciplines in Oakland.