Nicole Dagesse is a mother and a mover. As Artistic Director of Murmurations Dance, Nicole explores Site Performance through inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Drawn especially to layered natural spaces, the pregnant body is her latest fascination. Exploring the creative act of mothering through the lens of choreography has been an exciting way to approach the rapidly shifting transformation space of the mother/body. Contemporary dance, contact improvisation, yoga, and aerial dance all influence her movement and teaching styles. www.murmurationsdance.org
Allie Mullin is a candid photographer who’s a bit unconventional and can’t resist a great portrait. Her privilege is to document the happiness in your life so you can stay fully in the present. You’ll have hard proof that those magical moments happened, and you’ll be able to share these experiences for years to come. In this workshop, Allie will not only be documenting the creative process, but she'll also be sharing writing/journaling/poetry exercises to help crystalize memory. As the photographer for Birthing Bodies, Allie has been kinesthetically connected to the creative and performance process and offers a unique view of the work. www.alliemullin.com
Kamara Thomas is a songspeller and musical storyteller based in Durham, NC. She performs regularly with her band The Nightdrivers. Her songs have been described as "channeling dusty Americana and rootsy folk that spin hazy narrative paeans to America's epic landscape and mythic past." In her musical storytelling works, Kamara explores the mythological assumptions underlying American belief systems and then creates musical rituals to invent and embed life-affirming symbols. In this workshop she will lead participants in Circle Singing -- practicing easy group vocal techniques, generating words in relation to "Birthing Bodies", and exploring ways to experience their collective vocal power. www.kamarathomas.com
As a movement artist, Rebecca has been teaching, choreographing, and dancing locally for many years. Her captivation with movement as an opportunity for deep connection began at an early age. Rebecca has had the privilege to foster this passion by learning from and dancing with many seasoned teachers and dancers. Through Birthing Bodies, Rebecca explores the layers of transformation that occurred in her life after becoming a mother to twin boys and the variety of relationships it has inspired.
Qualities of yoga, aerial dance, improvisation, contemporary dance, and authentic movement are expressed in her work. Additionally, Rebecca is in school for nutritional therapy and herbal medicine.