ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 08: CHRISTINANOEL & THE CREATURE
Get to know ChristinaNoel Reaves, choreographer and dancer, and 8 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. from March 11 to 13, 2016. The Creature utilizes the voice in combination with the body to envelope viewers visually and aurally in work that confronts how to survive one another. Learn more about ChristinaNoel on our Artist Spotlight and see her solo in Program 01: Female Form + Program 04: Sound Score.
CHRISTINANOEL & THE CREATURE
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Inter-disciplinary, Athletic, Emotional
ChristinaNoel Reaves is Artistic Director of ChristinaNoel and The Creature. She has a BA in Music: Voice Performance from Georgia State University and an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Most notably, her works have been presented at Teatro LaTEA, Triskelion Arts, Dance Theater of Ireland, Shawbrook School Ireland, DanceNOW Festival at Joe’s Pub, LaMama Experimental Theater, The Tank, Fete de L’Hurricaine Festival, and Dixon Place. She has performed with Danielle Russo Performance Project, Patricia Noworol Dance, Collectivodoszeta, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Doug Elkins, Ellis Wood, and David Dorfman, among others. ChristinaNoel teaches and choreographs for Dancewave in Brooklyn and The Dalton School, and is Resident Movement Instructor for The Harrower Professional Opera Workshop in Atlanta.
About ChristinaNoel's Creative Process
ChristinaNoel & The Creature is a Brooklyn based dance company that focuses on creating a hybrid performance medium utilizing the dancers’ voices, bodies, and drawing from their perspectives. The resulting medium envelopes viewers visually and aurally in multi-textured environments derived from human connections and encounters. The Creature is dedicated to creating a space that facilitates dialogue and educational outreach by striving to expand conventional ideas of dance performance.
The mission of ChristinaNoel and The Creature is to create a safe space in which the artist and audience may feel a response to live expression uttered from and through the physical body.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance?
I work within singing and speaking/theatrical performance as well as dance.
What influenced the concept/work that you are presenting at the CURRENT SESSIONS?
This is a panoptic review of our treatment of others; How our actions reflect personal notions of respect and the value of people. Through forced interactions and reactions surrounding a dinner table, a room of mirrors, improvisational scores controlled by the audience, The Creature explores the complex relationship between people’s differences and the way they choose to confront wrongs, ignorance, privilege, guilt, and compassion. The dancer’s fluctuating proximity reflects a closeness and camaraderie while juxtaposing an inability to fully realize empathy for another human being, all through the lens of comedy and tragedy. Can we reorganize our own perceptions and differences to survive each other?
What’s the best space for making dance, and why?
I have come to love my work in the round or at least surrounded on two to three sides. When within my control, I prefer this to a proscenium setting. I like to surround the audience with sound and movement and to simultaneously have them surround the work.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
The head and neck and the sequencing through the spine from it’s base at the tailbone up to the skull.