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). Most recently I just want to make dances for 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


 
Photo: Ian Douglas

Photo: Ian Douglas

Nation

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

Nation is exemplary of my interest in form and structure. It remains one of my favorite solos.

 
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

 
Photo: Scott Shaw

Photo: Scott Shaw

Miami Spice

Choreographed and Performed by Nico Brown
Gibney Dance Center (NYC)
Curated by Tere O’Connor
Duration: 20 minutes
2015

 
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MOUNTAIN

Choreographed and Performed by Nico Brown
Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church
2014