In my dancing, I am constantly negotiating my affinity for minimalist aesthetics against my love of extravagant, full-bodied dancing.

I draw inspiration from my experience growing up on the flatlands of rural Illinois—a place of profound space and expansive horizon. This sense of distance resonates in my choreography as I consider the temporal layers of my work. I often place highly nuanced and fleeting sections of movement material next to durations of stillness. In my dancing, I interrupt complex, obsessive geometries with moments of physical release. Movement sourced from my love of ballet—including strict verticality and romantic gesture—are executed with brute aggression. The result is something contradictory: a dance that attempts to hold together disparate shards of movement that are nonetheless meticulously designed and calculated. 

 
a strong dancer with powerful ideas
— The New York Times, 2015
 

Performances include: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, New York Live Arts, La Mama Experimental Theater, Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Links Hall (Chicago), Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles), and all over the internet. Residency support includes Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Makehouse, and New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks. I have danced for Jon Kinzel, Jennifer Monson, Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, and others. MFA Dance / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Selected Works

 Photo: Ian Douglas

Photo: Ian Douglas

Nation

Choreographed and Performed by Nico Brown
New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks (NYC)
Duration: 10 minutes
2015

 
 Photo: Christopher Duggan

Photo: Christopher Duggan

This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment

Choreographed by Nico Brown
Performed by Nico Brown and Amanda Kmett’Pendry
Sound Design by Niall Jones
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA)
La Mama Experimental Theater (NYC)
Duration: 30 minutes
2016

 
 Photo: Scott Shaw

Photo: Scott Shaw

Lover

Choreographed and Performed by Nico Brown
Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles)
Links Hall (Chicago)
Norte Marr Gallery (NYC)
Duration: 40 minutes
2018


Dance for Instagram

I use Instagram as a method for sharing dances, and composing short dance films.
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