ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 02: PROJECT|ORACLE - MARÉ HIERONIMUS, NICOLE NIGRO, & CORY NEALE
Get to know Project|Oracle, a collaboration between Maré Hieronimus, Nicole Nigro + Cory Neale, and 2 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. from March 11 to 13, 2016. Pulling inspiration from the power of ritual and communal living, the trio aims to create an immersive, intimate experience to foster connection with the audience. Learn more about Project|Oracle on our Artist Spotlight and see their work in Program 01: Female Forms + Program 04: Sound Score.
Project|Oracle - Maré Hieronimus, Nicole Nigro, & Cory Neale
Three words that Describe your Choreography
communal, ritual, migration
Project|Oracle is the umbrella for the collaborative work of dance artists Maré Hieronimus (Brooklyn), Nicole Nigro (Toronto), and sound artist Cory Neale (Philadelphia). They first came together in 2014 at The E|MERGE Artist Residency at Earthdance Center for Creative Living in Massachusetts. Inspired by their shared love of the power of ritual, communal process, and the magic inherent in the experience of live performance, they have been co-creating body and site-based performance work ever since. Their projects have been presented by chashama, and New Dance Alliance Performance Mix in New York City, and EarthDance in Massachusetts.
About Project|Oracle's Creative Process
Our process explores the connections made between each other, as well as our relation in where, when and how we stand in time and space, and extending those findings, the commonalities, to the world-at-large. We explore each environment using the shifting field of the body as the point of origin as well as the intent and emotion in order to celebrate diversity and foster empathy. We employ set, sound, and lighting to further shape this connection with the audience, and devise ways in which witnesses can more intimately experience the work through close interaction with the performances by the members of Project|Oracle.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance? If so, what, and how/why did you get into it?
The work of Project|Oracle often finds itself generated and investigated through visual art and imagery. Sound designs are explored through abstract painting investigations that then inform the qualities of light and space within the compositions. Other imagery is used to further develop, define and express our inquiry, such as the murmuration of birds, and the structure of seashells, as often used as video footage in scenic designs for performances of Project|Oracle. Collaborator Cory Neale found his way into dance and performance through visual and sound art, locating a need to bring imagery through sound to time-based media. The lines between dance, visual art, sound, and performance are purposefully blurred.
What is one of your most memorable moments of an artist, thus far?
Our performance of Augur for chashama Summer Performance Series in August, 2014. We migrated in slow motion along NYC’s 42nd Street corridor. It was a heart palpitating juxtaposition of energies.
What’s the best space for making dance, and why?
Out in the world amongst people and nature! Dance is a part of our landscape and a profound tool for understanding ourselves and the world around us. Too often it is hidden away and seen by only a few, but dance is a primordial form of expression and in many cultures an integral part of life rituals and communal living. Dance is our heritage and our key to connection.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
The neck; it is the perfect pairing of great vulnerability and subtle strength.